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USS Iroquois (AT-46)
USS Iroquois (Fleet Tug #46) (1898 - 1920)

1921 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Have - Vice
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Patrol clasp)

  • Built in 1892 as the tug Fearless by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
  • Purchased by the Navy from J. D. Spreckles Bros. & Co. 12 April 1898
  • Commissioned USS Iroquois (Fleet Tug #46), 6 July 1898, LT. Laurin H. Turner, in command
  • Designated Fleet Tug (AT-46), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 7 March 1924, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 October 1927
  • Sold 15 May 1928 to Benjamin L. Jones, Bellingham, WA. for $36,000
  • Acquired by the US Army Transportation Command in 1942, placed in service as LT-461
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1952
    Displacement 400 t.(lt) 702 t.(fl)
    Length 152'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 13'6"
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 39
    one 4" gun
    one Gatling gun
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    single shaft

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    Iroquois 91k USS Iroquois at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA, 24 August 1898. Note damage to building in right background caused by an earthquake in March 1898.
    US Navy photo NH 53272 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Iroquois 231k USS Iroquois at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., circa 1899. Note the photo is mislabeled Vigilant.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 71714
    Darryl Baker
    Iroquois 239k Newspaper photo of USS Iroquois on a Marine Railway in the San Francisco Bay area, 17 May 1901 Mike Mohl
    Iroquois 690k USS Iroquois preparing to depart Honolulu for Midway, 28 May 1903.
    Photo and article from "The Pacific Commercial Advertiser Honolulu", 28 May 1903.
    Mike Mohl
    Iroquois 120k USS Iroquois at Naval Station. Honolulu, T.H., circa 1903-1904, while she was station ship there. Probably photographed from USS New York (Armored Cruiser # 2). Note Diamond Head visible in the left center distance.
    US Navy photo # NH 102107 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Martin Fenne.
    Robert Hurst
    Iroquois 82k USS Iroquois underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 25 April 1914. The stern of the cruiser USS Cleveland is visible as well as the stern of an unidentified ship. Riding at anchor is another unknown ship.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Jupiter 183k USS Iroquois alongside USS Jupiter off Mare Island Navy Yard, 1913-1914. David Wright
    Iroquois 74k USS Iroquois underway off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CAl prior to World War I.
    US Navy photo # NH 79003 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    Robert Hurst
    Iroquois 89k USS Iroquois at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA,, 17 March 1921. Several destroyers are in the background, and an ammunition lighter is at the right.
    US Navy photo # NH 53274 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Iroquois (AT-46)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Turner, Laurin Hamilton6 July 1898 - 11 April 1899
    02LT. Pond, Charles Fremont, USN (USNA 1876) :RADM11 April 1899 - 11 April 1901
    03LT. Rodman, Hugh, USN (1880) :ADM11 April 1901 - 8 August 1903
    04LCDR. Niblack, Albert Parker, USN (USNA 1880) :VADM8 August 1903 - 5 October 1903
    05LCDR. Houston, Victor Stuart5 October 1903 - 11 May 1905
    06CHBOSN. Muller, Fred11 May 1905 - 29 December 1907
    07LCDR. Carter, James Francis29 December 1907 - 20 October 1909
    08LCDR. Moses, Sanford Elwood, USN (USNA 1892)20 October 1909 - 15 October 1914
    09CHBOSN. Bruce, Frank15 October 1914 - 28 November 1914
    10LT. Shapley, Helmar Harlow28 November 1914 - 15 December 1917
    11LT. Giddens, William Robert15 December 1917 - 1 January 1918
    12LT. Donovan, George Michael1 January 1818 - 13 February 1922
    13BOSN. Merryman, Robert Henson13 February 1922 - 7 March 1924
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    "Three Tugs Sold to the United States Yesterday"
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