Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Another bell -- from the decommissioned USS Pyro

The first USS Pyro (AE–1), an ammunition ship, was laid down 9 August 1918 at the Navy Yard, Puget Sound, Wash.; launched 16 December 1919; sponsored by Mrs. G. A. Bissett, wife of Comdr. Bissett, the Construction Officer at Puget Sound Navy Yard; and commissioned 10 August 1920, Comdr. John Sisson Graham in command.

22 April 1924 she put in at Bremerton and decommissioned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard 10 September.

Pyro decommissioned at Seattle 12 June and was struck from the Navy List 3 July. She was turned over to the War Shipping Administration 14 July 1946, and in March 1950 she was sold to the National Metal and Steel Co. Terminal Island, California for scrapping

I am glad they saved this bell so that others could learn of its history. The information above, I found on the internet as there was not a sign to explain near the display.


  1. A good thing they kept the bell, but maybe a sad thing they kept ONLY the bell..Ships have always such an interesting history!..

  2. A wonderful bell, having had its history. Now just standing there, quiet, smiling.. perhaps.. ;)

  3. Pyro was a magnificent name for an ammunition ship!!

  4. I love Pyro as a name, too. Great stuff, my friend.