PROMETHEUS AR 3

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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.


    Ontario Class Collier / Prometheus Class Repair Ship
    Keel Laid October 18 1907 - Launched December 5 1908

  1. USS ONTARIO Fleet Collier No. 2
    Commissioned January 15 1910 - Decommissioned April 7 1913 for conversion to Repair Ship

  2. USS PROMETHEUS Repair Ship No. 2
    Recommissioned December 23 1914

  3. USS PROMETHEUS AR-3
    Designated (AR) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned October 4 1924
    Recommissioned May 15 1942 - Decommissioned July 1 1946

    Struck from Naval Register July 31 1946
    Transferred to Maritime Commission for disposal

    Sold August 29 1950 for scrap
Prometheus AR3 Statue.jpg

Naval Covers

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  1. USS Prometheus AR-3 Covers Page 1     (1916-1946)

 


Postmarks

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Killer Bar Text

Postmark
Date
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Postmark Image
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Cover Image



2nd Commissioning December 23 1914 to October 4 1924


 

Locy Type
1z

1919-04-06

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19190406 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19190406 1 Front.jpg

Sailor's Mail


 

Locy Type
2ty

USCS Postmark
Catalog Illus. P-81

1916-04-02

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19160402 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19160402 1 Back.jpg

Dial text - "U.S.S. PROMETHEUS, [comma] PACIFIC STA. [period]". RPPC, sender at Old Cathedral in Panama.


 

Locy Type
3 (1916)

"CHARLESTON /
S. C."

1916-08-10

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19160810 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19160810 1 Front.jpg

Sailors Mail


 

Locy Type
3 (1924)

"SAN DIEGO /
CALIF"

1924-04-20

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19240420 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19240420 1 Front.jpg

Sailors Mail


 

Locy Type
3s

1922-01-16

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19220116 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19220116 1 Back.jpg

Picture postcard from Cuba


 

Locy Type
9v

1922-05-23

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19220523 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19220523 1 Front.jpg

Cut-Square (as was the practice of the day)


 

Locy Type
9w

1922-05-24

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19220524 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19220523 1 Front.jpg

Cut-Square (as was the practice of the day)


3rd Commissioning May 15 1942 to July 1 1946


 

Locy Type
2(n)

1946-06-20

JonBurdett prometheus ar3 19460620 pm.jpg
JonBurdett prometheus ar3 19460620.jpg

Note:


 

Locy Type
3z (BBT)

1943-03-24

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19430324 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19430324 1 Front.jpg

Censored Officers Mail


 

Locy Type
9efu

1945-08-20
to
1945-08-27

JonBurdett prometheus ar3 19450820 pm.jpg
JonBurdett prometheus ar3 19450820.jpg

Mark from back of cover


 

Locy Type
LDPS 2(n)

1946-07-01

GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19460701 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Prometheus AR3 19460701 1 Front.jpg

Last Day of Postal Service

 

Other Information

The USS PROMETHEUS earned the following awards during her Naval career - Mexican Service Medal, Haitian Campaign Medal (with date bar 1919-1920); World War I Victory Medal (with Mobile Base clasp); China Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 Battle star; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) and the Philippines Liberation Medal.

NAMESAKE - In Greek mythology, a Titan and brother of Epimetheus and Atlas, who stole a spark from heaven and gave it as a gift of fire to newly-created mankind. To punish him for this act, Zeus (Jupiter) chained him to a rock in the Caucasus, where an eagle daily tore at his liver. Each night Prometheus regenerated his damaged liver, until finally he was delivered from his torment by Hercules.

Two ships of the US Navy have been named PROMETHEUS - USS Prometheus (Brig, 1814) and USS Prometheus AR-3.

 


 

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