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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.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,900 t.
    Length 216'
    Beam 37'
    Draft 16' 6" (mean)
    Speed 10.2 kts
    Complement 230
    Armament
    six 9 inch smooth boor guns
    one 8 inch riffle
    one 30-pdr gun
    Propulsion Sails/Steam
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    Pensacola 133k 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.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Swatara
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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