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|122k||SS El Solwas the first of the three large, fast, iron-hulled, four-masted coastal freighters completed for the Morgan Line
in 1890-1892. These were followed in 1893 by two similar steel-hulled, two-masted ships. In 1898 the five ships, in order of construction, became the U.S. Navy
auxiliary cruisers Prairie, Yosemite, Yankee, Dixie, and Buffalo
US National Archives, RG-19-N box 32, Photo No. 19-N-14263 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|71k||USS Prairie in April 1898 at New York Navy Yard, soon after commissioning during conversion to an Auxiliary Cruiser
US Navy photo # NH 44056 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
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|143k||USS Prairie 13 April 1900. Her main battery has been rearranged and reduced to eight 6" guns. All eight guns are in the hull,
none being left on deck.
US National Archives, RG-19-N box 20. Photo # 19-N-14185, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|108k||USS Prairie after alterations as a training ship, probably in 1902-1903. Her pole masts have been shortened and fitted
with tops, topmasts, and heavy yardarms. Her main battery of eight 6" guns has been relocated to new positions in the hull. Near-sister
USS Yankee had a similar main battery arrangement and rig at this time but she had 5" instead of 6" guns.
US National Archives, RG-19-N box 20. Photo # 19-N-13235, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|392k||USS Prairie entering the harbor at Havana, Cuba, 15 May 1904.
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo #AD 5-15May1904 01, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval an Historical Museum
|142k||USS Prairie after recommissioning as a transport in September 1906 and before the fleet converted from white to gray paint in
1909. Her armament is now ten 3" guns, all on deck. Her training ship yardarms are gone but the topmasts remain, and long-wire radio antennas are barely visible
suspended between them. At this time Prairie and near-sisters USS Dixie and
USS Yankee (lost in 1908) were quite similar in appearance and are best distinguished
by minor features like the location and size of their hawsepipes.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 105430, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|138k||Port broadside view of the Transport USS Prairie anchored during the 1909 Hudson-Fulton celebration.
Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-22610
|48k||USS Prairie at anchor, date and location unknown. Photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1914."||Robert Hurst|
|95k||USS Prairie at anchor, date and location unknown.
Library of Congress, LC-D4-20890
|123k||USS Prairie during the Vera Cruz operation circa 1914.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106692, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|135k||USS Prairie enroute during 1918 from Hamilton, Bermuda, to Ponta Delgada, Azores, in convoy. Prairie convoyed
a group of subchasers from New London to Gibraltar via Bermuda and the Azores between 26 September and 9 November 1918.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 1866, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|178k||USS Prairie in the Panama Canal during the transit of the Pacific Fleet through the canal on 24 and 25 July 1919. Note the
ship's many wartime modifications, particularly to the bridge structure.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 105807, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|156k||"Red Lead Row" at the Destroyer Base, San Diego, CA. at the end of 1922. USS Prairie (AD-5) is
moored inboard of USS Buffalo (AD-8) This is an enlargement of part of Photo # NH 42539, which also shows at least 65 destroyers in this reserve fleet.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 43539-A, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|01||CDR. Train, Charles Jackson, USN (USNA 1865) :RADM||8 April 1898 - 1 October 1898|
|02||LT. Coffman, Dewitt, Clinton Coffman, USN (USNA 1876)||1 October 1898 - 1 March 1899|
|03||LT. Bell, John Arthur USN, (USNA 1879)||1 March 1899 - 15 March 1899|
|Decommissioned||15 March 1899 - 23 March 1899|
|In Reserve in Commission||23 March 1899 - 18 February 1901|
|04||CDR. Mac Kenzie, Morris Robinson Slidell, USN (USNA 1866)||23 March 1899 - ?|
|Decommissioned||18 February 1901 - 9 November 1901|
|05||CDR. Pillsbury, John Elliott, USN (USNA 1867)||9 November 1901 - 21 October 1902|
|06||CDR. Kennedy, Duncan, USN (USNA 1868)||21 October 1902 - 3 November 1903|
|07||LCDR. Caperton, William Banks, USN (USNA 1875)||3 November 1903 - 12 June 1904|
|08||LCDR. Clark, George Ramsey, USN (USNA 1878)||12 June 1904 - 18 June 1906|
|10||CDR. Dunn, Herbert Omar, USN (USNA 1877) :RADM||18 June 1906 - 8 September 1906|
|11||CDR. Ackerman, Albert Ammerman, USN (USNA 1880)||8 September 1906 - 28 January 1909|
|12||CDR. Kellogg, Frank Woodruff, USN (USNA 1879)||28 January 1909 - 22 February 1909|
|13||CDR. Witherspoon, Edwin Taylor, USN (USNA 1886)||22 February 1909 - 18 May 1910|
|14||LT. Milne, MacGillvray, USN (USNA 1903)||17 June 1913 - 31 July 1913|
|15||CDR. Stickney. Herman Osman, USN (USNA 1888) :RADM||31 July 1913 - 10 July 1914|
|16||CDR. Crosley, Walter Selwyn, USN (USNA 1893) :RADM||10 July 1914 - 1 December 1915|
|17||CAPT. Beach Sr., Edward Latimer, USN (USNA 1888) (Temporary)||1 December 1916 - 16 December 1916|
|18||CDR. Crosley, Walter Selwyn, USN (USNA 1893) :RADM||16 December 1916 - 12 February 1917|
|19||CDR. Crenshaw, Arthur, USN (USNA 1896)||12 February 1917 - 4 March 1919|
|20||CDR. Ghent, Daniel Throckmorton, USN (USNA 1903)||4 March 1919 - 1 November 1919|
|21||CDR. Jenson, Henry Norman, USN (USNA 1897)||1 November 1919 - 20 July 1921|
|22||CDR. Draemel, Milo Frederick, USN (USNA 1906) :RADM||20 July 1921 - 1 June 1922|
|23||CAPT.Oberlin, Edgar Garfield, USN (USNA 1905)||1 June 1922 - 22 November 1922|
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