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USS Pompey (AF-5) Torpedo Boat Tender
USS Pompey (Collier) (1898 - 1899)

International Radio Call Sign, 1912:
Nan - Quack - Fox
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal - Yangtze Service Medal

  • Laid down in 1897 as SS Harlech by S. P. Austin and Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, England
  • Purchased by the US Navy, 19 April 1898 from James and Charles Harrison, London, England
  • Commissioned USS Pompey, 26 May 1898, at Norfolk, VA., LCDR. Edward W. Sturdy in command
  • Decommissioning at Philadelphia, PA., 18 January 1899
  • Out of Service, 26 February 1906 at Cavite
  • Converted to a Torpedo Boat Tender and recommissioned at Cavite, Philippines, 6 July 1911
  • Decommissioned, 5 July 1921, at Olongapo, Philippines
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 March 1922
  • Transferred to the War Department, 12 July 1922
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 3.085 t.
    Length 245'
    Beam 33' 6"
    Draft 15' 10"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 114
    Armament none
    Propulsion system unknown

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    Bust of of Pompey in the Residenz, Munich Antiquarium. Photograph by J. Williams. July 19, 2006.
    Pompey - Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great), 29 September 106 BC 28 September 48 BC), was a leading Roman general and statesman, whose career was significant in Rome's transformation from a republic to empire.
    Tommy Trampp
    Pompey 50k USS Pompey pierside, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1914." Robert Hurst
    Pmmpey 126k USS Pompey approaching Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines, circa 1914. Pompey was being used as a tender and store ship. She is wearing standard Naval Auxiliary markings including the inscription "Auxiliary, U.S. Navy, Pompey" on her bow.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 82223-A, cropped from NH 82223, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Pompey 207k USS Pompey outboard of USS Ajax (Collier #14) at Olongapo Naval Station, 22 February 1915. Note that both ships are dressed with flags for Washington's birthday. Pompey no longer has Naval Auxiliary markings although Ajax retains them.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 88564, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Ajax 61k Only the masts of USS Pompey are visible behind USS Ajax (Collier #14) at Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, 22 February 1915. The ships were dressed with flags in honor of George Washington's birthday.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 88563, courtesy C.A. Shively, collection, 1978.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Pompey 175k Destroyers and USS Pompey in the Dewey drydock (1905-1941, later YFD-1) Photographed circa 1915 at the Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands. The five destroyers in the Asiatic Fleet at this time, all sisters, were;
    USS Bainbridge,
    USS Barry,
    USS Chauncey,
    USS Dale and
    USS Decatur.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 88567. Collection of C.A. Shively, 1978.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USS Pompey
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Sturdy, Edward William6 May 1898 - 8 January 1899
     Decommissioned18 January 1899 - 6 July 1911
    02Master James Downing Smith (Naval Auxiliary Service)In Service - 1910 - 6 July 1911
    03LTjg. Lowe, Robert Vivian, USN (USNA 1906)6 July 1911 - ?
    04LTjg. Wallace, William Oliver, USN (USNA 1907)9 March 1912 - 29 October 1913
    05LTjg. Hillard, John Columbus, USN (USNA 1908)29 October 1913 - 26 March 1914
    06LT. Pippo, Francis Alvino, USN26 March 1914 - 1 July 1914
    07LTjg. Peyton, Paul Jones, USN (USNA 1908)1 July 1914 - ?
    06ENS. Dudley, Roy, USN (USNA 1913)In Ordinary - 28 October 1915 - 17 February 1916
    07LCDR. Knight, Hiram Edward, USNRF25 January 1920 - 10 December 1920
    08LT. Pippo, Francis Alvino, USN10 December 1920 - 10 May 1921
    09LCDR. Madden, Gustavus Redding, USNRF10 May 1921 - 5 July 1921
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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