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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, 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
Displacement 1, 960 t.(lt) 4,315 t.(fl)
Length 295' 3"
Beam 35' 1"
Draft 21' 3"
Speed 11 kts.
Cargo Capacity 2,355 DWT
two coal fired boilers
one triple expansion vertical compound steam engine
single propeller, 1,200shp
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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)
||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
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||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.
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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