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USS Arctic (II)

  • Built (date unknown) as Ice Boat No. 3 for the City of Philadelphia by Wood, Dalogue, and Co,
  • Leased to the Navy Department and placed in serve at the outbreak of the Civil War
  • Commissioned USS Arctic, 9 July 1898, LT. George C. Stout, in command
  • Assigned to the Auxiliary Naval Force as a refrigerator ship
  • Decommissioned, 23 August 1898.
  • Returned to the City of Philadelphia
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,537 t.
    Length 198' 6"
    Beam 33' 3"
    Draft 12'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Armament one 60-pdr breech-loading rifle, converted from a Civil War Parrott gun
    Propulsion steam, two sidewheels

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    Independence 82k USS Arctic in mid-1898. The vessel appears to have been a double ender, with a small pilot house aft and capable of breaking ice in either direction. The turret of the Civil War monitor USS Canonicus is visible behind her.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 32, Photo # 19-N-14959, ex 19-17-2, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    Independence 124k USS Arctic with officers and crew posed on her forecastle and upper deck, circa July-August 1898. During the Spanish-American War, this Philadelphia city iceboat served briefly in the Delaware River area as a US Navy refrigerator ship. Note her 60-pdr breech-loading rifle, converted from a Civil War Parrott gun.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57632
    Robert Hurst

    USS Arctic (II)
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