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Essex (IX-10)
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USS Essex (III) (1876 - 1920)


Adams Class Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1875-86 as the wooden-hulled screw steamer Essex by the United States and Donald Mackay, at East Boston, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned, USS Essex, 3 October 1876, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA., CDR. W. S. Schley in command
  • Assignments included;
    North Atlantic Squadron - 1876 - cruised the west coast of Africa
    South Atlantic Squadron - 1878
    Pacific Station - November 1881 to December 1882
    Asiatic Station - 1882
  • Decommissioned, in May 1889, at New York, N.Y.
  • Placed in service as a training ship from 1893 to 1903
  • Assigned to the Ohio Naval Militia to train Naval Reservist from 1904 to 1916
  • Reassigned to the Ninth Naval District from 1917 to 1926 to train Naval Reserve personnel
  • Designated Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-10), 17 July 1920
  • Essex (IX-10) was assigned to the Minnesota Naval Militia from August 1927 to 27 October 1930 to train Naval Reserve personnel
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 October 1930
  • Final Disposition, sold 23 December 1930 to Klatzky Iron and Metal Company for $400. Partially dismantled and towed out into Lake Superior, 13 October 13, 1931, and set afire on 14 October 1931
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,375 t.
    Length 185'
    Beam 35'
    Draft 14' 3"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament
    one 11" gun
    four 9" guns
    one 60-pdr rifle
    Propulsion sail and steam
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    Essex (III) 469k USS Essex at anchor, circa 1876, location unknown.
    Photo from the collections of the Library of Congress.
    Robert Jensen
    Essex 138k Essex moored alongside Shiphouse 4 & 5, and building #7, Portsmouth, NH, 1890.

    Photo from Washington Naval Yard Library photo archives.
    Robert Hurst and Robert Jensen
    Essex 73k Essex at anchor, circa 1895, location unknown. At this time Essex was a training ship equipped with 6 breech-loading guns.
    Photo from Washington Naval Yard Library photo archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Essex 51k Essex with Naval Academy Midshipmen at sail drill, at Annapolis, MD., circa 1893-1896.

    Photo from Washington Naval Yard Library photo archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Essex 302k Post card image of Naval Training Ship Essex moored at Toledo, OH., winter 1908 with ice gorge and high water.
    Published by J. G. Bautelle, Toledo, OH.
    Tommy Trampp
    Essex 306k Post card image of Naval Training Ship Essex at anchor in New York Bay, circa 1909. Tommy Trampp
    Essex 224k Post card image of Naval Training Ship Essex moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Essex 248k Essex photographed during the Perry Centennial Naval Parade, 1913, Possibly at Erie, PA. She was Ohio Naval Militia training ship at that time.
    Photo from Washington Naval Yard Library photo archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Niagara 136k From left to right; celebrating the 100th year anniversary of Commander Perry's victory on Lake Erie. Essex (IX-10), US Brig Niagara and Wolverine (IX-31) moored pierside 1913. Tommy Trampp
    Essex 36k Essex port bow view at Fairport OH. for "Perry Day" celebrations showing white hull and one yard on each mast, 14 July 1913. Institute for Great Lakes Research, Bowling Green State University
    Essex 46k Essex starboard bow view at a dock in Sandusky, OH. showing "dress ship" with signal flags, circa June - October 1921. Essex was drydocked in May 1921 at Duluth, MN., at which time her scroll head was replaced and her bowsprit shortened. Institute for Great Lakes Research, Bowling Green State University
    Essex 68k Essex pierside at an unknown Great Lakes port, circa June - October 1921. This was her last season on the Great Lakes before being confined to Duluth in 1922. Essex turned into a barrack ship in 1923. Institute for Great Lakes Research, Bowling Green State University

    Essex (IX-10) / USS Essex
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Essex in the Minnesota Historical Society collection
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