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USNA Marcellus

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Screw Steamer (Collier):
  • Built in 1879 as the iron schooner-rigged collier SS Mercedes by Mounsey and Foster, Sunderland, England
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered in April 1879 to the British shipping firm Adamson & Ronaldson
  • Sold in September 1881 to Dutch Stoomvaart Maatschappij Insulinde, renamed SS C. Fellinger
  • Sold in 1886 to A. Kirsten's Hamburg Pacific Dampfschiffs Linie, renamed SS Titania
  • Resold in 1898 to DDG Kosmos, renamed SS Marcellus
  • Acquired by the Navy from William Lamb 13 June 1898
  • Commissioned, as a US Naval Auxiliary USNA Marcellus, 28 September 1898, at Boston, MA., LCDR. J. H. Winslow in command
  • During the Spanish American War Marcellus carried coal and supplies to American forces at Havana, Cuba
  • Decommissioned, 10 March 1899, at New York
  • Recommissioned 7 January 1900, she operated for 5 months along the Atlantic coast, carrying coal to Norfolk
  • Decommissioned 11 June 1900
  • Recommissioned 25 November 1902
  • Decommissioning, 2 March 1904 at Norfolk
  • Recommissioned 2 August 1909, to serve both as a collier and as a training ship for deck and engineering personnel
  • Decommissioned, 24 January 1908, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Recommissioned 2 April 1909 with a merchant complement
  • Sunk in collision, 9 August 1909 with SS Rosario di Gregario 60 miles off Cape Hatteras, N.C.
  • Struck from the Navy Register 22 September 1910
    Displacement 1, 960 t.(lt) 4,315 t.(fl)
    Length 295' 3"
    Beam 35' 1"
    Draft 21' 3"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 68
    Cargo Capacity 2,355 DWT
    two 6-pdrs
    two coal fired boilers
    one triple expansion vertical compound steam engine
    single propeller, 1,200shp
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    Sterling 126k USNA Marcellus at anchor in Hampton Roads, VA., 2 May 1907 during the Jamestown Exposition International Naval Review.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 46639, courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Marcellus
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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