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USS Marcellus


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal

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, USS 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
    Specifications:
    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
    Armament
    two 6-pdrs
    Propulsion
    two coal fired boilers
    one triple expansion vertical compound steam engine
    single propeller, 1,200shp
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    Marcellus
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    Namesake
    Marcus Claudius Marcellus (nephew of Augustus), marble from Paros, 25-20 BC. JC. Rome, collection of the Sorgente Group Foundation. During the exhibition Moi, Auguste, Empereur de Rome, March 19, 2014 - July 13, 2014, Grand Palais, Paris.
    Marcellus - Marcus Claudius Marcellus (42 23 BC) was the eldest son of Gaius Claudius Marcellus Minor and Octavia Minor, sister of Augustus (then known as Octavius). He was Augustus' nephew and closest male relative, and began to enjoy an accelerated political career as a result. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Marcellus 160k USS Marcellus officers at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 18 November 1898.
    The commanding officer, LCDR. J. H. Winslow, is seated front row second from left, holding the dog, to his left is LT. R.S. Talbot.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 64843
    US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Marcellus 126k USS 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 Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Marcellus
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Marcellus - Shipscribe.com US Navy Colliers
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