USS Nanshan (AG-3)

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Career
Name: USS Nanshan
Builder: Grangemouth Dockyard Company, Grangemouth, Scotland
Launched: 1896
Acquired: 1898
Commissioned: 1 August 1914
Decommissioned: 18 January 1922
Fate: Sold, 29 July 1922
General characteristics
Type: Collier
Displacement: 5,059 long tons (5,140 t)
Length: 295 ft 8 in (90.12 m)
Beam: 39 ft (12 m)
Draft: 21 ft 3 in (6.48 m)
Speed: 11 kn (13 mph; 20 km/h)
Complement: 45 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 6-pounder

USS Nanshan (AG-3) was a collier in the service of the United States Navy.

Nanshan was launched in 1896 by Grangemouth Dockyard Company, Grangemouth, Scotland for merchant service as a collier in the Far East; purchased at Hong Kong on 6 April 1898 from Frank Smythe; and placed in service the same day, Captain E. H. Stovell of the British Marine Service in command.

Service history[edit]

Acquired by the Navy as a supply ship for Commodore George Dewey's Asiatic Squadron, Nanshan sailed from Hong Kong on 24 April 1898 with the squadron, remaining outside the harbor during the Battle of Manila Bay on 1 May. She coaled Dewey's victorious ships until Manila was occupied on 13 August, and continued to serve in the Philippines and on the China Station. Aside from a brief period out of service at Cavite Navy Yard for upkeep from 29 March 1906-1 February 1907, Nanshan served in the Far East until 10 May 1913, when she returned to San Francisco to coal ships along the coasts of California, Mexico, and South America.

Placed out of service at Mare Island Naval Shipyard on 31 March 1914 for repairs, Nanshan was placed in full commission on 1 August with her first Navy crew. Supply missions ranging from Alaska to Hawaii continued until 1 February 1918, when she sailed for Hampton Roads, Virginia, via the Panama Canal.

This cargo trip ended with her return to Mare Island on 16 May when she resumed her usual operations, which included in July 1919 an emergency mission to Kodiak, Alaska and the Pribilof Islands bringing badly needed food. From 5 December 1919-3 December 1921, Nanshan served as a target repair ship. She decommissioned at Mare Island on 18 January 1922 and was sold on 29 July to John A. Bercovich Co.

In Chinese, "Nanshan" means "south mountain" and refers to a small group of mountains in Kwangtung Province. The ship retained her former name in naval service.

References[edit]

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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