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USS INTREPID (Experimental Steam Torpedo Ram)

CLASS - Intrepid As Built.
Displacement: 1,150 long tons, 438 tons burthen
Dimensions: 170' 3" x 35' 3.5" x 11' 10"
Armament: four 24 pdr howitzers,
one bow and four side spar torpedoes
Machinery: two 2-cylinder compound engines, 2 screws, 1812ihp
Speed: 11 Knots, Crew: 52

Operational and Building Data
Built by Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
Authorized by Congress, 1870
Laid down, date unknown
Launched 05 March 1874
Commissioned 31 July 1874
Decommissioned at New York 30 October 1874
Recommissioned 28 August 1875
Decommissioned for conversion to gunboat 22 August 1882
Conversion work suspended 22 September 1885
Surveyed and found unservicable February 1892
Stricken from Naval Register 09 March 1892
Fate Sold to Matthew Gill, Jr., Philadelphia, PA, for $2,253.13 09 May 1892

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422kBow view of the experimental steam torpedo ram USS Intrepid taken in dry dock, circa the 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hause pipe.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 53251
Robert Hurst
782k"The Recent Experiments at the Torpedo Station at Newport, R.I., before the U.S. Naval Board," engraving published in 1874, based on sketches by Lieutenant Commander Richard C. Hooker, USN. The individual views include: 1. Explosion of a submarine mine; 2. Explosion of a spar torpedo; 3. The new iron-clad torpedo boat Intrepid; 4. Blowing up an old hulk with nitro-glycerine.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 84469
Robert Hurst

USS Intrepid History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01CDR Augustus Paul Cooke (USNA 1856)31 July 1874 - 30 October 1874
 Decommissioned30 October 1874 - 28 August 1875
02CDR Charles Lathrop Huntington (USNA 1862)28 August 1875 - 1876
03LT Charles Seymour (USNA 1867)1876 - 15 September 1877
04LT Robert Emmet Carmody (USNA 1867)15 September 1877 - 01 September 1879
05LT Francis Henry Delano (USNA 1867)01 September 1879 - 22 August 1882

Thanks to David Wright

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