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USS Lancaster

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal

Screw Sloop of War:
  • Laid down in December 1857, at Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched, 20 October 1858
  • Commissioned USS Lancaster, 12 May 1859, CAPT. John Rudd, in command
  • Assigned to the Pacific Squadron until 1866
  • Decommissioned, 19 March 1867, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 26 August 1869, to serve as flagship for the South Atlantic squardon
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1875, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Recommissioned, 26 August 1881, to serve as flagship for the European squardon
  • Reassigned as flagship for the South Atlantic squadron in 1885
  • Reassigned as flagship for the Eurropean squardon in 1888
  • Decommissioned, 7 September 1889 at New York Navy Yard and was towed to Portsmouth, N.H. for repairs
  • Recommissioned, 19 March 1891 to serve as flagship for the Asiatic squadron
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1894, at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 12 Septmeber 1895, for assignment to the South Atlantic squardon
  • Decommissioned, 31 December 1897, at Boston Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 5 May 1898, to serve as station ship at Key West during the Spanish American War
  • Reassigned, 3 September 1898 as gunnery training ship at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Decommissioned, 1 May 1902, at Philadelphai Navy Yard
  • Lancaster served as receiving ship at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 16 November 1903 to 31 March 1912
  • Transferred to the Bureau of Public Health Service, Treasury Department, 1 February 1913
  • Stuck from the Naval Register, 31 December 1915
  • Ex-USS Lancaster served as quarantine detention ship at Reedy Island, DL. Quarantine Station from 1916 to 1920.
  • New York Quarantine Station from 1920 to 1929
  • Final Disposition, sold in 1929, broken up in 1933.
    Displacement 2,362 t.
    Length 235' 8"
    Beam 46'
    Draft 18' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 367
    twenty-four 9" Dahlgren smoothbores
    one 2" Dahlgren smoothbore
    two 30-pdr Parrott rifles
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Pensacola 67k USS Lancaster was the last Old Navy warship on the effective list and in commission during the Spanish-American War. Robert Hurst

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