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(Collier: dp. 3,085; l. 245-; b. 33-6-; dr. 15-10-; s. 10 k.; cpl. 114; a. none)

An anglicized version of the name of the Roman statesman and general, Gaius Pompeius Magnus.

Pompey, formerly S.S. Harlech, was built in 1897 by S. P. Austin and Sons, Ltd., Sunderland, England. She was purchased 19 April 1898 by the Navy from James and Charles Harrison, London, England, and commissioned 26 May 1898 as Pompey at Norfolk, Lt. Comdr. E. W. Sturdy in command.

Pompey served as a collier to Rear Admiral Sampson's squadron at Key West 6 to 12 June, and after 12 June at Havana and Cardenas. She returned to Key West 3 August where she remained until sailing for Hampton Roads 20 August. She was stationed at Norfolk 23 August to 23 December, before decommissioning at Philadelphia 18 January 1899.

Converted to a torpedo boat tender (AF-5), she recommissioned at Cavite, Philippines, 6 July 1911. Stationed in the Philippines during World War I, she decommissioned 5 July 1921 at Olongapo, Philippines. Struck from the Navy Register 28 March 1922, she was transferred to the War Department 12 July 1922.

Published: Mon Aug 24 08:54:34 EDT 2015