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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.

    Vulcan Class Collier
    Keel Laid October 5 1908 - Launched May 16 1909

  1. USS VULCAN Collier No. 5
    Commissioned October 2 1909 - Decommissioned May 4 1912
    Recommissioned February 25 1914

    Designated (AC) July 17 1920
    Decommissioned July 20 1921

    Struck from Naval Register April 26 1923
    Sold December 12 1923 to N. Bloek and Co. Norfolk, VA

    Fate unknown

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link To
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image

2nd Commissioning February 25 1914 to July 20 1921


Locy Type
3b (AC-OOX)


GregCiesielski Vulcan AC5 19210602 1 Postmark.jpg
GregCiesielski Vulcan AC5 19210602 1 Front.jpg



Other Information

USS VULCAN earned the following awards during her Naval career - Mexican Service Medal and the World War I Victory Medal (with Transport Clasp).

NAMESAKE - The Roman god of fire and metalworking who was known to the Greeks as Hephaestus. He was also a consort of Venus.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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