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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal

Screw Steamer (Collier):
  • Laid down, 18 August 1879, by William Denny & Bros., Dumbarton, Scotland, as the iron steamship, Ravenna for the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co,
  • Launched, 12 March 1880
  • Sold to the US Navy, 5 May 1898
  • Converted for service as a naval collier at New York Navy Yard, renamed Scipio
  • Found to be in poor material condition, placed in ordinary, 23 May 1898
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 June 1899
  • Sold, 28 December 1899, to Ludwig Rubelli of Philadelphia, Pa., for mercantile service
  • Transferred to Italian registry in 1900
  • Final Disposition, destroyed by fire, 3 January 1902, while underway from Cartagena, Spain
    Displacement 3,458 t.(lt) 9,864 t. (fl)
    Length 383'
    Beam 40'
    Draft 23'"
    Depth of Hold 25' 9" (mean)
    Speed 14.5 kts
    Complement unknown
    Cargo Capacity unknown
    Armament unknown
    two coal fired boilers
    one triple expansion vertical compound inverted steam engine
    single propeller, 3,000 shp
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    Scipio 120k Scipio moored at New York Navy Yard, 25 May 1898.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 57. Photo # 19-N-15019 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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