USS FULTON was the lead ship of the FULTON - class of submarine tenders and the fourth ship in the Navy named after Robert Fulton. Decommissioned on September 30, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on December 20, 1991, the FULTON was sold for scrapping on November 17, 1995.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: July 1, 1939|
|Launched: December 27, 1940|
|Commissioned: September 12, 1941|
|Decommissioned: September 30, 1991|
|Builder: Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, Calif.|
|Propulsion System: Diesel electric|
|Length: 529.5 feet (161.4 meters)|
|Beam: 73 feet (22.3 meters)|
|Draft: 25.6 feet (7.8 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 18,000 tons|
|Speed: 15 knots|
|Armament: two Mk-30 5-inch / 38 caliber guns, four 20mm guns|
|Crew: approx. 1200|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS FULTON. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Accidents aboard USS FULTON:
|July 24, 1958||New London, Conn.|
USS SKATE (SSN 578) suffers damage to her propeller when it collides with the USS FULTON while the tender is moored to a pier in New London, Conn.
About the Ship's Name:
Robert Fulton, born in Little Britain, Pa., in 1765, had a distinguished career as a painter before patenting his first invention, a double inclined plane to replace locks in canals, in England in 1794. His numerous ingenious and influential inventions included a prototype submarine, NAUTILUS, amphibious boats, and the first commercially successful steamboat, CLERMONT. In 1814 and 1815, he built the first war steamer, known both as FULTON and DEMOLOGOS. He died in New York City 24 February 1815.
USS FULTON Image Gallery: