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USS Fortune (YT-11)
USS Fortune (1871 - 1920)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built by James Tetlow, Boston, MA
  • Launched, 25 March 1865
  • Commissioned USS Fortune, 19 May 1871, Mate Lewis G. Cook commanding
  • Decommissioned, 01 January 1873, laid up at Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C.
  • Recommissioned, 01 June 1873
  • Decommissioned, 23 June 1876, laid up at Washington Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 21 September 1877, at Washington
  • Decommissioned, 07 June 1879
  • Recommissioned, 30 March 1887
  • Decommissioned, 22 April 1891, at Newport, RI
  • Recommissioned, 05 December 1899
  • Decommissioned, 06 June 1901
  • Recommissioned, 23 October 1902
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1907, at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA
  • Recommissioned, 22 January 1908
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1909
  • Recommissioned, 09 June 1909
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1912
  • Recommissioned, 22 May 1915
  • Designated District Harbor Tug (YT-11), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned at Tutuila, Samoa, 07 May 1922
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold, 22 May 1922
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 450 t.
    Length 137'
    Beam 26'
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament 2 3-pdrs
    Propulsion steam, single screw

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    Fortune 80k USS Fortune off Boston, MA, 29 October 1902. She had just completed a tour of duty with the training station at Newport, RI, and was about to proceed to the Pacific where she became a submarine tender.
    US. National Archives, RG-19-A-1, Photo # 19-N-16-21-1 a US Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Fortune 1376k From left to right USS Fortune, USS Grampus (Submarine No.4), USS Pike (Submarine No.6) and the Receiving Ship USS Independence at Mare Island Navy Yard, 23 April 1904.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 329-4-1904, Navy Photo, 4/23/1904
    Darryl Baker
    Fortune 239k Stern view of USS Fortune at Mare Island, 23 July 1904. The Receiving Ship USS Independence can be seen in the background.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 374, 7/23/04
    Darryl Baker
    146k From left to right USS Pike, USS Fortune and USS Grampus in Dry Dock #1 at Mare Island, circa 19-20 August 1906. These vessels were in dock together from August 13 to August 20, 1906. The stack and mast of the USS Wyoming is in the background in the left hand corner. 140801106 - Darryl Baker
    14081107 - Christian Galloway
    Prometheus 380k USS Fortune is astern of Unadilla which is to the left of USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) entering the water for first time during her launching at Mare Island, 5 December 1908. USS Active is to the far right. US Navy photo. Darryl Baker
    Prometheus 345k USS Fortune is made up to the port bow of USS Ontario (Fleet Collier No. 2) immediately her after launching, 5 December 1908, at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA.. US Navy photo. Darryl Baker
    Grampus 71k USS Fortune stands by as USS Grampus, largely submerged, engages in a torpedo firing exercise off San Diego, CA., 21 July 1910. The original photo was printed on post card ("AZO") stock by Lee Passmore, Post Card Artist, 25th & M Sts., San Diego
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104702-KN, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    Robert Hurst
    Fortune 365k USS Fortune moored with two submarines (probably Grampus and Pike) alongside, circa 1909-1912. Dave Wright
    Fortune 119k Photo caption indicates that USS Fortune is alongside the Armored Cruiser USS Maryland (ACR-8) tending submarines during torpedo practice at San Pedro in 1913.
    Post card photo by McDaniel, publisher unknown.
    Darryl Baker
    Fortune 108k USS Fortune underway, exact date and location unknown. Photograph by McDaniel, printed on post card stock (postmarked 06 October 1914). Dave Wright
    Fortune 74k USS Fortune underway off San Diego, CA prior to World War I. Photographed by the Arcade View Company. Note that this tug is flying a 13-star "Boat" flag.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 92205. Collection of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Fortune 186k USS Fortune hauled out of the water on a marine railway at Suva, Fiji in 1916. Photograph by L.C. Sims, printed on post card stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104602
    Robert Hurst

    USS Fortune (YT-11)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
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