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USS Swatara (II)
Screw Sloop :
Laid down, date unknown, at New York Navy Yard
Launched, 17 September 1873
Commissioned USS Swatara, 11 May 1874, CAPT. Ralph Chandler in command
Departed New York, 8 June 1874, with a scientific party to the South Pacific
Returned to New York, 31 May 1875, reassigned to the North Atlantic Squadron
Decommissioned and placed in reserve at Boston Navy Yard, 1 August 1878
Recommissioned, 24 December 1879, at Boston Navy Yard for duty with the Asiatic Squadron
Returning to Hampton Roads, 4 December 1882 for overhaul
Reassigned to the North Atlantic Squadron in January 1883
Reassigned to Hydrographic duty in 1886
Decommissioned, 27 October 1886, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, N.H.
Recommissioned, at Portsmouth, 1 March 1888 and assigned to the South Atlantic Squadron
Reassigned to the Asiatic Squadron in 1889
Returned to Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 December 1890
Decommissioned, 7 February 1891, at Mare Island Navy Yard and place in ordinary
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 July 1896
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 November 1891, to Johnson Wrecking Co., San Francisco, CA.
Displacement 1,900 t.
Draft 16' 6" (mean)
Speed 10.2 kts
six 9 inch smooth boor guns
one 8 inch riffle
one 30-pdr gun
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||USS Swatara at New York Navy Yard, 14 May 1874, three days after she was commissioned. Ship under construction behind Swatara is the future USS Trenton. Note the distinctive waterfront crane.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44611, courtesy of the Bethlehem Steel Company Archives. Skerret Collection.
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