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USS MORRIS (Torpedo Boat # 14, TB-14)
later renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 6

CLASS - Morris As Built.
Displacement 155 Tons.
Dimensions 139' 6" (oa) x 15' 4" x 4' 1".
Armament 3 x 1 pdr., 3 x 18" tt.
Speed 23 Knots, Crew 26.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Herreshoff. Manufacturing Co. Bristol, R.I.
Laid down 19 November 1897.
Launched 13 April 1898.
Commissioned 11 May 1898.
Renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 6, 1 August 1918.
Decommissioned 24 March 1919.
Stricken 24 January 1924.
Fate sold at public auction 10 October 1924 to Frank B. Jones of Wilmington, Del.

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Morris 101kCommodore Charles Morris was born in Woodstock, Conn. July 26 1784 and died in Washington, D.C. January 27 1856. Appointed Midshipman July 1 1799; Captain March 5 1813. As one of the officers of the Intrepid he took part in the recapture and destruction of the Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli February 17 1804. He took a prominent part in the engagement between the Constitution and Guerriere, being severely wounded while in the act of boarding the latter vessel. For his gallantry on this occasion he was advanced one grade by the President. In 1825 he commanded the Brandywine while taking Gen. Lafayette back to France after his last visit to the United States. He was Commandant, Boston Navy Yard, 13 June 1827 to 12 May 1833. From 1851 to 1856 he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. The photo is from the Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7249. Note that the DANFS history is in error and this vessel was not named for Robert Morris, the correct data is listed in the 1924 edition of Ships' Data, U.S. Naval Vessels.Bill Gonyo/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Morris 87kUndated photo of the Morris firing a Whitehead torpedo. From the technical publication A Brief History of U.S. Navy Torpedo Development published in 1978.HNSA
Morris 40kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Morris 209kUndated postcard, location unknown.Arnold A. Putnam
Morris 146kUndated, location unknown.Mike Mohl
Morris 25kA starboard side line drawing by A.D. Baker III of USS Morris (Torpedo Boat # 14) as she appeared in 1898. Image scanned from U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.Robert Hurst
Morris 55kCirca 1898, location unknown. NHC photo 67082.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Morris 55kPhoto copyright Enrique Muller, 1901. NHC photo 100024. Courtesy of R. D. Jeska, 1984. Postcard version of this photo is NHC photo 85846.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Morris 15kJanuary 1904, location unknown. From Army & Navy Magazine.Ron Reeves

USS Morris TB-14 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The Hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Ron Reeves & Wolfgang Hechler

LT Charles Eben Fox     May 11 1898 - ? (Later RADM)
LT Samuel Brown Thomas    ? 1907 - ?

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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