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USS Lancaster (I)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Civil War Medal - Spanish Campaign 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 squadron
  • Decommissioned, 31 July 1875, at Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Recommissioned, 26 August 1881, to serve as flagship for the European squadron
  • Reassigned as flagship for the South Atlantic squadron in 1885
  • Reassigned as flagship for the European squadron 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 September 1895, for assignment to the South Atlantic squadron
  • 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 Philadelphia 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, DE. Quarantine Station from 1916 to 1920.
  • New York Quarantine Station from 1920 to 1929
  • Final Disposition, sold in 1929, broken up in 1933.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,362 t. 3,250 t.(fl)
    Length 235' 8"
    Beam 46'
    Draft 18' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 367
    Armament
    As Built
    two 11" smoothbores
    two 9" smoothbores
    May 1863
    four 9" smoothbores
    two 30-pdr smoothbores added
    1878
    two 100-pdr muzzle loading rifles
    sixteen 9" smoothbores
    Propulsion
    As Built
    two direct-acting double piston-rod engines (61" x 2'9") IHP 1,000 = 10kts
    1865
    two compound engines
    two boilers
    single propeller

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    Lancaster 119k Captain Henry K. Hoff was the commanding officer of the steam-sloop USS Lancaster from 1861 to 1862 while assigned to the Pacific Squadron. Promoted to Rear Admiral April 13th, 1867 he commanded the North Atlantic Squadron from 1868 to 1869. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress. Bill Gonyo
    Lancaster 324k The Pacific Squadron flagship USS Lancaster at anchor, dressed in flags, 1866.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 60253
    Robert Hurst
    Lancaster 297k Acting Volunteer Lieutenant Charles S. Coy was appointed Acting Masterís Mate, 5 October 1861, and was temporarily assigned to USRS North Carolina until 31 October 1861 where he was reassigned to USS Lancaster. Coy served aboard Lancaster until 26 January 1864. During his service aboard Lancaster he was promoted to Acting Ensign, 16 January 1863, followed by promotion to Acting Master on 27 January 1864. Reassigned to USS Saginaw from February 1864 until 3 April 1866. During his tenure aboard Saginaw he was promoted to Acting Volunteer Lieutenant on 12 June 1865. When he was detached from Saginaw he was ordered to return to the United States. Upon his arrival, 12 June 1866, he was granted four months leave of absence prior to his honorable discharge on 12 October 1866. The portrait was taken in Peru in 1864 during a port of call while Saginaw while was assigned to the Pacific Squadron protecting the interests of the U.S. endangered by Confederate activity and by European interference in Mexico. Bill Gonyo
    Lancaster 64k The Pacific Squadron flagship USS Lancaster at anchor in 1866, location unknown.
    US Library of Congress photo # LC-USZ62-28972
    Mike Green
    Lancaster 432k USS Lancaster crew eating on deck, circa 1883.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 377. Courtesy: Rear Admiral George C. Remey Collection.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 543k USS Lancaster crew, circa 1883.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 376. Courtesy: Rear Admiral George C. Remey Collection.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 203k Black and white photo of USS Lancaster oil painting, circa 1883.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 57992. Courtesy of Mrs. H.C. Allen, from the collection of Admiral C.T. Hutchins, 1940.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 290k Sterographic photo of USS Lancaster crew 1883.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 381. Courtesy of Rear Admiral George C. Remey collection.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 239k Sterographic photo of USS Lancaster officers 1883. CDR. George C. Remey in center.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 378. Courtesy of Rear Admiral George C. Remey collection.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 210k View of the deck of USS Lancaster looking aft from amidships, while at Nice, France, in 1884. Note marines paraded at right, hatch railings, and large compass platform over the helm.
    Catalog #: NH 94303
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 04303. Description: Courtesy of The U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle Barracks, PA. Collection of R.W. Hackenburg RG100s.32.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 48k USS Lancaster was the last Old Navy warship on the effective list and in commission during the Spanish-American War. Photo circa late 1890s or early 1900s. Notice search lights. Darryl Baker
    Lancaster 178k USS Lancaster at anchor, in 1898, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85814
    Dan Wilmes
    Lancaster 477k USS Lancaster under way, circa 1889, location unknown.
    Photo from the US Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division photo digital ID det.4a04861.
    Robert Hurst
    Lancaster
    File Name: USS Lancaster Officer Japan 1893
    582k USS Lancaster officers, Yokohama, Japan, 1893. Darryl Baker
    Lancaster
    File Name: USS Lancaster Officer Japan 1893 ID
    392k
    Lancaster 335k USS Lancaster "The Roaring Fourties." Officers in heavy weather gear: LT. Manney, CAPT. Potter, LT. Kennedy, ENS. Beale, ENS. Brown, LT. Paul, LT. Niles (the latter on the horseblock)., circa 1900.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Collection photo # NHF-008.01
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 127k Starboard bow view of USS Lancaster underway in 1902, location unknown.
    Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-21694
    Mike Green
    Lancaster 97k USS Lancaster at anchor, circa 1890 to 1905, location unknown.
    Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-32290
    Mike Green
    Lancaster 77k USS Lancaster at anchor, circa 1890 to 1901, location unknown.
    Library of Congress photo # LC-LC-D4-20035
    Mike Green
    Lancaster 251k USS Lancaster as receiving ship at League Island, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 8 December 1906. Tommy Trampp
    Lancaster 284k USS Lancaster as receiving ship at Philadelphia Navy Yard circa 1910. At right is USS Kearsarge (Battleship NO. 5) which is having her new "cage " masts installed. Note scaffolding used in weaving the mast structure.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 82122. Description: Courtesy of M. DeSomer, 1975.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 217k b>USS Lancaster figurehead, 1933.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo# NH 115202.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Lancaster 263k USS Lancaster figurehead by John Haley Bellamy, carver (Amer. 1836 -1914), on display at the Mariners Museum, Newport News, VA. Robert Hurst
    Lancaster 257k USS Lancaster Gun Memorial, West Park (now Columbus Park) downtown Stamford, CT., circa 1909. (The gun was also used in USS Kearsarge.) The gun stood in West Park in Stamford, CT. from Memorial Day, 1901 until 1942, when it was hauled away as scrap metal during World War II. It was cast at West Point in 1827. Robert Hurst

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