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USS Osceola (AT-47)
USS Osceola (Fleet Tug #47) (1898 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - Haitian Campaign Medal (with 1919-1920 clasp) - World War I Victory Medal

1921 International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - Oboe - Able
  • Laid down, in 1896 by Charles Hillman, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Completed in 1897 as Winthrop
  • Purchased by the Navy from Staples Coal Co., 21 March 1898
  • Commissioned USS Osceola, 4 April 1898, BOSN. Henry Hudson in command
  • Decommissioned in February 1899, Boston
  • Recommissioned, 1 July 1911, CHBOSN. Arthur Smith, in command
  • Designated Fleet Tug (AT-47), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 15 November 1922
  • Sold, 24 March 1923, to F.E. Pope, Washington, D.C., for $9,500, renamed SS Winthrop
  • Final Disposition, foundered near Port Isabel, TX, 9 July 1947
    Displacement 352 t.(lt) 571 t.(fl)
    Length 138'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 14'6"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament two 3-pdrs
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    single shaft, 1,000shp
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    US National Archives photo # 19-N-14165
    122k USS Osceola (Fleet Tug #47) moored pierside in April 1901, location unknown.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 19-N-14165 and 19-N-14184, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    US National Archives Photo # 19-N-14184
    Osceola 66k USS Osceola (Fleet Tug #47) crew members pose beside the ship, circa the late 1910s or early 1920s. The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.
    US Navy photo NH 103922 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, Donated by .Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    US Naval Historical Center
    Osceola 158k USS Osceola (Fleet Tug #47) towing a barge in Guantanamo Bay in January 1920.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 19-N-2815, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Osceola (AT-47)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01BOSN. Hudson, Henry4 April 1898 - February 1899
     DecommissionedFebruary 1899 - 1 July 1911
     CHBOSN. Smith, Arthur (In Ordinary)1 February 1908 - 1 July 1911
    03CHBOSN. Hendry, George Brenton1 July 1911 - 18 July 1911
    04CHBOSN. Emery, Peter18 July 1911 - 17 March 1913
    05BOSN. Macklin, Thomas17 March 1913 - 9 January 1916
    06BOSN. Bigger, Warren Kingsbury, USNRF9 January 1916 - 23 January 1918
    07BOSN. Hoffman, William Henry23 January 1918 - 15 December 1918
    08LT. Smith, Arthur15 December 1918 - 4 November 1921
    09CHBOSN. Fraenzel, Albert Charles4 November 1921 - 15 November 1922
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
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