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USS BOSTON/DESPATCH (Protected Cruiser/IX 2)

Displacement 3,189 Tons, Dimensions, 283' (oa) x 42' x 21' 1" (Max)
Armament 2 x 8"/30 6 x 6"/30, 2 x 6pdr, 2 x 3pdr, 2 x 1pdr.
Armor, 2" Shields, 1 1/2" Deck, 2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 3,500 IHP; Horizontal compound engine, 1 screw
Speed, 13 Knots, Crew 284.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid at John Roach and Sons, Chester, PA
Launched as 04 DEC 1884
Commissioned 02 MAY 1887
Decommissioned 04 NOV 1893
Commissioned 15 NOV 1895
Decommissioned 15 SEP 1899
Commissioned 11 AUG 1902
Decommissioned 10 JUN 1907
Assigned to the Oregon Militia 15 JUN 1911
Returned to U. S. Navy
Struck from Navy List.
Assigned to the Shipping Board 24 MAY 1917
Returned to U.S. Navy 18 JUN 1918
Commissioned 16 DEC 1918
Renamed DESPATCH 9 AUG 1940
Reclassified IX 2 17 FEB 1941
Fate: Towed to sea and sunk off San Francisco 8 APR 1946

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86k

Port bow view, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy Photo.

David Bueller
Boston
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228k The protected cruiser USS Boston at anchor. Note ships' boats along side. Photo courtesy of Marius Bar. Robert Hurst
Boston 110k

USS Boston steams at full speed, 15.58 knots, over the measured mile at Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1887.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56524.

USNHC
Boston 172k

USS Boston In drydock at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, 1888. Note fancy scrollwork on her bow bulwark, and reinforcing strip on the side of her ram bow.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. - #NH 56526.

Mike Green/USNHC
Boston 148k

USS Boston View on the "Half Deck" (interior of the superstructure), showing one of the ship's 6"/30 guns, its training arrangements, and one of its shells. Rifles stowed around the mast at right are of the "Trap-Door Springfield" type.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56535.

USNHC
Boston 113k

USS Boston View on the forecastle, looking aft, with crewmen at their stations "looking out for torpedo attack", 1888. Several weapons and related items are visible on the bridge wings, all of relevance for repelling a torpedo boat attack. They include (from left to right): a 1-pounder gun, a Gatling machine gun, a 37mm revolving cannon, and a searchlight. The ship's forward 8"/30 gun is in the right foreground, with its crew standing at their posts.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56537.

USNHC
Boston 113k

USS Boston View in the forward compartment of the berth deck, looking toward the bow, 1888. Note the storage lockers at right, tin cups hanging from the overhead, swinging mess table, cable reel, anchor chain and capstain mechanism, ladders and hatches.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56539.

USNHC
Boston 98k

USS Boston View in ship's chart house, 1888, showing steering wheel, binnacle, engine order telegraph, steam radiators and other features.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56540.

USNHC
Boston 96k

USS Boston View in ship's dispensary, 1888, showing bottles in sheet metal wall racks; instruments on tables and bulkheads; wooden joinerwork; electric light with hanging hook on top; and use of overhead pipes as a storage rack.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56543.

USNHC
Boston 142k

USS Boston dressed with flags and manning her yards during the Centennial Naval Parade in New York Harbor, 29 April 1889. The four-star flag of Admiral David Dixon Porter is flying from her mainmast peak. Photographed by Loeffler, Tomkinsville, Staten Island, New York. Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN(MC), 1933.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - #NH 416.

USNHC
Boston 64k

USS Boston Departing New York Harbor for a European deployment, 1889. The Statue of Liberty is in the background, between Boston's two smokestacks. Photographed by E.H. Hart.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 61941.

NHC
Boston 169k

The Squadron of Evolution, Commanded by Rear Admiral John G. Walker - At anchor in an East Coast port, 1889. Squadron flagship USS Chicago is in the left foreground. Astern of her are (from left to right): gunboat USS Yorktown (PG 1), cruiser Boston and cruiser USS Atlanta. Photographed by E.H. Hart, New York.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 61550.

USNHC
Boston 85k

The Squadron of Evolution at sea under sail, circa 1889 - Photographed from the bridge of USS Chicago, the Squadron flagship. USS Boston and USS Atlanta are next astern, with USS Yorktown (PG 1) bringing up the rear. Note the brig rigs carried by Boston and Atlanta. Courtesy of Doctor Henry P. Walker, 1975.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 84527..

USNHC
Boston 122k

USS Boston, left and USS Atlanta tied up together, probably at the New York Navy Yard, circa the late 1880s or early 1890s. Note that their yards have been cocked to avoid striking each other.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 69173.

USNHC
Boston
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699k Starboard bow view while moored at Mare Island in the late 1890's. Darryl Baker
Boston 119k

USS Boston Steaming off San Francisco, California, circa 1892-1893. Photographed by Marceau, 826 Market St., San Francisco. Collection of Rear Admiral Wells L. Field, USN.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 73387.

USNHC
Boston 110k

USS Boston photographed circa 1890. The original photograph was printed on a stereograph card, published by Strohmeyer and Wyman, 1898. Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 100286.

USNHC
Boston 234k

USS Boston in New York Harbor, circa 1891. Photographed by J.S. Johnston, New York.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 63249.

NHC
Boston 81k Port side, at anchor, 1895. Colin P. Varga
Boston 87k

USS Boston steams out through the Golden Gate, California, late in 1895, en route to the western Pacific. During this three-and-a-half year deployment, Boston participated in the Battle of Manila Bay and other Spanish-American War activities.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 56520.

USNHC
Boston
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WASHINGTON, 11 Feb 2014 - An undated colorized photo shows the protected cruiser USS Boston during the Spanish-American War. Naval History and Heritage Command photo archives staff members are scanning a wooden box containing approximately 150 glass plate photographs depicting scenes from the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars.

U.S. Navy photo #140211-N-ZZ999-001 courtesy of Naval History and Heritage Command

Robert M. Cieri
Boston
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47k Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898

Colored print after a painting by J.G. Tyler, copyright 1898 by P.F. Collier. Ships depicted in left side of print are (l-r): Spanish Warships Don Antonio de Ulloa, Castilla, and Reina Cristina. Those in right side are (l-r): USS Boston, USS Baltimore and USS Olympia.

Collections of the Navy Department, purchased from Lawrence Lane, 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 71839-KN

Robert Hurst
Boston
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39k "The Battle of Manila", 1 May 1898

Contemporary halftone print after an artwork by W.G. Wood, originally reproducted by courtesy of F.A. Munsey. It depicts the Spanish ships at left (l-r): Isla de Cuba, Isla de Luzon and Reina Cristina. The Cavite batteries are in the center distance. At right are (l-r): USS Boston, USS Baltimore, USS Raleigh, USS Olympia and USS Concord.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 1256.

Robert Hurst
Boston
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1.9m

USS Boston at Mare Island in August 1899 after her return from the Philippines. Note the Homeward Bound Pennant flying from the after mast.

U.S. Navy photo

Darryl Baker
Boston 108k

USS Boston Underway, circa the early 1900s, after her sailing rig had been removed and other modifications made. Note the new-type gun shield fitted to her forward eight-inch gun. Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN(MC), 1935.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 61699.

USNHC
Boston
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2.1m

USS Boston moored to the seawall at Mare Island on 12 August 1902.

U.S. Navy photo

Darryl Baker
Boston
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80k

USS Boston, photographed in 1904, while serving with the Pacific Squadron. USS New York (ACR 2), the squadron's flagship, is in the right background.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 102754

Robert Hurst
Boston 98k

USS Boston view inside the deckhouse at after end of the main deck, showing wooden roof trusses and other structural elements. Taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 23 December 1918, following Boston's conversion for service as the receiving ship at Yerba Buena Island, California. Note the steam-heating radiators along the deckhouse sides, and the semi-finished oars on the deck.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 74474.

USNHC
Boston 99k

USS Boston view in the crew's space, on the lower deck's forward end, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 23 December 1918, following Boston's conversion for receiving ship service. Note the folding-leg mess tables stowed in the overhead.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 74471.

USNHC
Boston 80k

USS Boston view in the crew's space, on the lower deck looking aft, with the mainmast at left. Taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 23 December 1918, following Boston's conversion for service as the receiving ship at Yerba Buena Island, California. Note the electric lights in the overhead.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 74472.

USNHC
Boston 89k

USS Boston view in the crew's space, on the lower deck looking aft. Taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 23 December 1918, following Boston's conversion for service as the receiving ship at Yerba Buena Island, California. Note the expansion loop in the pipes in upper left.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 74473.

USNHC
Boston 53k

Naval Training Station, San Francisco, California - View of the Navy Department wharf on Yerba Buena Island, looking southeast, 1921. The receiving ship Boston is at left, with an Army ambulance boat and several launches on the near side of the wharf. Collection of Eugene R. O'Brien.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 100360.

USNHC
Boston 78k

Naval Training Station, San Francisco, California - View looking southward over the wharf area, from the eastern end of Yerba Buena ("Goat") Island, 1921. Long Wharf is in the foreground, lined with rowing boats on davits. Beyond is Navy Wharf, with the receiving ship Boston at far left. The Lighthouse Wharf is beyond that. Collection of Eugene R. O'Brien.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 100361.

USNHC
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USS Boston at Mare Island on 28 September 1936 serving as a Receiving Ship.

U.S. Navy photo #441-36

Darryl Baker
Boston
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101k Under tow from Mare island to Yerba Buena Island, late 1918 or early 1919. Tommy Trampp
Boston 105k Port side, sometime after 1918. Possibly configured as a training ship or receiving ship.
Comment from Tom Lanphar - I believe the hill behind the USS Boston is Yerba Buena Island and the photo was taken after the building of the Bay Bridge (completed around 1937). The bridge structure can be seen on the right side of the photograph.
Location confirmed by Bryan Fisher, RMC, USCG.
Gary Priolo/USN
Boston 58k

USS Boston tied up at Yerba Buena Island, while serving as receiving ship there, shortly before World War II. This ship was renamed Despatch on 9 August 1940 and designated IX 2 on 17 February 1941. Note the old destroyers at left, lightship at right and San Francisco Bay ferryboats in the distance. Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1979.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - NH 89404.

USNHC
Boston
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This artwork was made for display on board USS Boston (CAG 1) by Rod Claudius, Rome, Italy 1962. Photographed by PHCS G.R. Phelps, Boston Naval Shipyard, 10 April 1963.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph - KN-4782.

Robert Hurst
Boston
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191k Boston's two 8"/30 guns. These guns are on display in Shoreline, Washington just north of Seattle at Hamlin Park. These pictures were taken 14 OCT 2007. Ric Hedman TN(SS)
Boston
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178k Boston's two 8"/30 guns. These guns are on display in Shoreline, Washington just north of Seattle at Hamlin Park. These pictures were taken 14 OCT 2007. Ric Hedman TN(SS)
Boston
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140k Boston's two 8"/30 guns. These guns are on display in Shoreline, Washington just north of Seattle at Hamlin Park. These pictures were taken 14 OCT 2007. Ric Hedman TN(SS)
Boston
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129k Boston's two 8"/30 guns. These guns are on display in Shoreline, Washington just north of Seattle at Hamlin Park. These pictures were taken 14 OCT 2007. Ric Hedman TN(SS)
Boston
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169k Boston's two 8"/30 guns. These guns are on display in Shoreline, Washington just north of Seattle at Hamlin Park. These pictures were taken 14 OCT 2007. Ric Hedman TN(SS)
Boston
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178k Boston's two 8"/30 guns. These guns are on display in Shoreline, Washington just north of Seattle at Hamlin Park. These pictures were taken 14 OCT 2007. Ric Hedman TN(SS)

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Ramsay, Francis Monroe, CAPT   05/02/1887 - 02/1888
Bradford, Robert Forbes, CAPT   02/1888 - 02/14/1889
O'Kane, James, CAPT   02/14/1889 - 1891
Wiltse, Gilbert, CAPT   ~1891 - 02/1893
Day, Benjamin Franklin, CAPT   02/1893 - 09/1893
Wildes, Frank, CAPT   11/15/1895 - 1896
Wilde, George Francis Faxon, CAPT   03/10/1898 - 06/1898
Lamberton, Benjamin Peffer, CAPT   06/1898 - 09/15/1899
Perkins, Charles Plummer, CDR   08/11/1902
Coffman, Dewitt Clinton, CDR   10/24/1905 - 06/10/1907
Coman, Robert Grimes, CAPT   08/09/1940

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS BOSTON/DESPATCH (Protected Cruiser/IX 2) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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