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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
    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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    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 Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Marcellus
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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