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USS Galena (II)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (United States of Columbia, State of Panama 31 March to 22 May 1885)

Galena class wooden screw steamer:
  • Built in 1879 at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned, 26 August 1880, at Norfolk, VA., CDR. James O'Kane in command.
  • Initially assigned to the Mediterranean Squadron, departing Hampton Roads, 19 December 1880
  • Reassigned to the South Atlantic Squadron, 19 October 1882
  • Reassigned to the North Atlantic Squadron, 10 September 1883
  • Decommissioned, 23 July 1890, at New York Navy Yard
  • Ran aground near Marthas Vineyard, MA., while under tow by the tug USS Nina to Portsmouth Navy Yard, N.H.
  • Salvaged, by Boston Tow Board Co., arriving at Portsmouth Navy Yard, 6 April 1891
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 February 1892
  • Final Disposition, sold to E. J. Butler of Arlington, MA., 9 May 1891, fate unknown.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,900 t.
    Length 216'
    Beam 37'
    Draft 16' 6"
    Speed 9.5kts
    Complement 214
    Armament
    six 9" smooth bore guns
    one 8" rifle
    one 60-pdr breach-loading rifle
    Propulsion Sails/Steam
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    Galena 90k USS Galena circa the late 1880s or early 1890s. The original print identifies this ship as USS Alliance, which it is not. The letter "G" on the bow of the embarked boats (on davits aft, and in water amidships) show her to be Galena. Other recognition features for this class include the quarter galleries and the six broadside gun ports aft of the single pivot port.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 57113.
    Robert Hurst
    Galena 108k USS Galena dressed with flags, circa the late 1880s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53985.
    Robert Hurst
    Galena 114k USS Galena off Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1880. There are several three-masted schooners in the background, at left.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 55841.
    Robert Hurst
    Galena 72k USS Galena at anchor, circa the late 1880s or early 1890s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 69192.
    Robert Hurst
    Galena 98k USS Galena Ship's Mizzentopmen, with a pet goat and bird circa the 1880s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53991.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Galena 101k USS Galena Ship's African-American sailors, circa the 1880s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53996.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Galena 212k USS Galena at Portsmouth Navy Yard, New Hampshire, date unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53986.
    Robert Hurst
    Galena 67k USS Galena enlisted crew members, probably a landing party, circa 1890, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation
    Robert Hurst

    USS Galena (II)
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