Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

USS Justin (I)

International Radio Call Sign, 1912:
Nan - Item - George
NIG
International Radio Call Sign, 1913:
Nan - Nan - Jig
NNJ

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal

Schooner / Collier:
  • Built in 1891 by R. Dixon & Co., Middlesbrough, England
  • Launched in 1891
  • Purchased by the US Navy from Browring and Archibald and commissioned USS Justin, 27 April 1898, CDR. George E. Ide in command Justin performed collier service in the Chesapeake Bay area until sailing for Guantanamo Bay 2 June for coaling duties during the Spanish-American War
  • Returning to Virginia, Justin operated along the East Coast and in New England
  • She departed Norfolk 11 October bound for San Francisco, via Cape Horn, visiting Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Mexico, arriving at San Francisco 3 February 1899
  • Decommissioned, 7 February 1899, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. for lengthening
  • Recommissioned, 19 September 1900, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. and assigned to duty in the Far East
  • USS Justin departed Mare Island, 1 October for duty in the Far East
  • For the next 7 years she provided fuel and supplies to the Asiatic Fleet during a period of intense and growing American activity in the Orient li>While at Guam Justin rescued the crew of USS Yosemite when Yosemite was driven out to sea in a typhoon on 13 November 1900
  • From 1907 to 1915 Justin carried coal to units of the Pacific Fleet stationed at widely scattered points from the West Coast to South America
  • She returned to San Francisco, 23 November 1907. via Guam and Honolulu
  • From 1907 to 1915 Justin carried coal to units of the Pacific Fleet stationed at widely scattered points from the West Coast to South America
  • Decommissioned, 20 December 1915, at Mare Island Navy Yard.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Purchased in 1916 by Garland Steamship Corp., New York
  • Sold in 1925 to Lawrence Steamship Co. Inc., New York, renamed G.M. Lawrence
  • Sold in 1927 to Attilio Ardito di Tommaso, Genoa, renamed S. Tomaso, reflagged Italy
  • Renamed San Tomoso in 1928
  • Sold in 1929 to Nav. Adriatica Vittorio Frausin, Venice, Italy
  • Sold in 1930 to Windau S.S. Co. Ltd.Enkurs", Ventspils renamed Marga , reflagged Latvia
  • Purchased in 1932 by the Latvijas Bank, Ventspils, Latvia
  • Final Disposition, broken up in 1933.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,419 t.
    Length 287' 6"
    Beam 39"
    Draft 19'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 35
    Armamenttwo 6-pdrs
    Propulsion steam

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    USS Justin
    Justin 56k
    Namesake
    (Justin I. 518-527. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.22 g, 6h). Constantinople mint, 4th officina. Struck 522-527. D N IVSTI NVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder in right hand and shield decorated with horseman motif in left.)

    Justin I, 2 February 450 1 August 527, was the Eastern Roman Emperor from 518 to 527. He rose through the ranks of the army to become commander of the imperial guard, and when Emperor Anastasius died he out-maneuvered his rivals and was elected as his successor, in spite of being almost 70 years old. His reign is significant for the founding of the Justinian dynasty that included his eminent nephew Justinian I and three succeeding emperors. His consort was Empress Euphemia.
    He was noted for his strongly orthodox Christian views. This facilitated the ending of the Acacian schism between the churches of Rome and Constantinople, resulting in good relations between Justin and the papacy. Throughout his reign he stressed the religious nature of his office and passed edicts against various Christian groups seen at the time as non-Orthodox. In foreign affairs he used religion as an instrument of state. He endeavored to cultivate client states on the borders of the Empire, and avoided any significant warfare until late in his reign. (Wikimedia

    Tommy Trampp
    Justin 49k USS Justin in port, circa the late 1890s or early 1900s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 52373
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Justin 77k Port bow view of USS Justin In drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. Shipyard logs show her in #1 dry dock from 21 June to 5 July 1899.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 71754, courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1970
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Justin 110k Stern view of USS Justin in drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA. Shipyard logs show her in #1 dry dock from 21 June to 5 July 1899.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 52372
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Justin 119k USS Justin probably shown in her configuration while on the Asiatic Station between 1900 and 1907. Modifications amidships include the removal of the platform around the smokestack and the fitting of open bridge wings, a framework for a canvas cover over the conning position, and lifeboats. The ship has an open well between the poop and the long amidships island but its bulwarks rise to the same height as the islands.
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-1, Photo No. 19-N-17-19-7, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Justin 220k USS Justin with the supply ship USS Glacier inboard at Mare Island Navy Yard sometime between 1908 and 1915. Note the striking differences between the former Australian passenger and frozen meat liner (Glacier) and the former tramp freighter (Justin), which were built only a year apart.
    Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Justin 244k USS Justin in the Mare Island channel, The shipyard logs indicate she was at the yard from 21 September to 29 November 1908.
    Vallejo Naval and History Museum file name: Justin DD 319-1, a US Navy Photo, Circa 1908.
    Darryl Baker
    Vulcan 62k USS Justin is behind and to the right of USS South Dakota (ACR-9) at Mare Island Navy Yard circa January 1913. USS Annapolis is outboard of USS Justin. USS Justin and USS Annapolis are at the yard's coal station. A rare image of the shipyard's stiff-legged derrick with her steam driven winch is to the left of USS South Dakota. Darryl Baker<.font>
    Justin 50k USS Justin after the expansion of her amidships superstructure and the addition of a raised navigating bridge. She retains her short well deck forward. .
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105251, donation of CAPT. Stephen S. Roberts, USNR (Retired), 2007.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Justin 47k USS Justin underway, probably in a US west coast harbor, circa 1910-1915. The original image was printed on postal card ("AZO") stock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 104082, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Justin 46k USS Justin coming alongside another ship, with fenders rigged along her starboard side, circa 1912-1915. Photographed by Wilkinson. The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 92195, collection of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Justin 73k USS Justin alongside USS Denver (Cruiser # 14), circa 1912-1915.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 93063, collection of Hubert C. Rickert, courtesy of Daniel Rickert, 1981.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Merchant Service
    Marga
    09029212
    82k Windau S.S. Co. Ltd.Enkurs", Ventspils, Latvia freighter SS Marga drydocked in 1930. location unknown. John Spivey

    USS Justin
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Ship Photo Index Back To The Collier (AC) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 19 May 2023