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USS Vandalia (II)

Swatara class Screw Sloop:
  • Laid down in 1872 at Boston Navy Yard
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS Vandalia, 10 January 1876
  • Initially assigned to the European Squadron
  • Reassigned to the North Atlantic Squadron, 7 April 1879
  • Decommissioned, 14 October 1884, at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard for overhaul
  • Recommissioned, 15 February 1886, Capt. Henry Lycurgus Howison in command, assigned as the flagship for the Pacific Squadron
  • Vandalia was at Apia Samoa, in March 1889 when hurricane-force winds drove her ashore resulting in 43 casualties
  • Final Disposition, dismantled at Samoa and donated to the Samoans
    Displacement 2,033 t.
    Length 216'
    Beam 39'
    Depth 20'
    Draft 16'
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    eight guns
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Vandalia 331k USS Vandalia at anchor, while serving as flagship of the Pacific Station. Photo by Edward H. Hart now in the collections of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. This is the same photo as Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44797. Robert Hurst and Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 1244k USS Vandalia at anchor off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 1888.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Vandalia 6033k USS Vandalia rigging plan.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Vandalia 120k At the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, probably at the completion of her construction in early 1876
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63408
    Robert Hurst
    Vandalia 182k Fitting out in drydock at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, circa early 1876. Behind her, at right, is USS Adam, also fitting out. In the distance is the Navy Yard's receiving ship, USS Ohio
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 44794
    Robert Hurst
    Vandalia 153k At the New York Navy Yard, circa the later 1870s or the early 1880s.
    Naval Historical Center NH 58662
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 183k Former President Ulysses S. Grant (center, seated) with his wife and son, and ship's officers, on board Vandalia, during his 1877-78 Mediterranean cruise on board that ship. Former President Grant and his party boarded Vandalia at Villefranche, France, on or about 13 December 1877. They left the ship at Naples, Italy, on 18 March 1878, following visits to ports in Italy, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 61138
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 91k Capt. Richard W. Meade attained the rank of Captain while commanding Vandalia in the North Atlantic and West Indies in 1879-1882.
    Library of Congress photo cwpb 05437
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 132k Oil painting by A. Jacobsen, 1885
    Donated by F.H. Davis, 1963
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 42299
    Robert Hurst
    Vandalia 155k At the Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, circa March 1886. "Sailed from Portsmouth Navy Yard, 25 March 1886."
    Photographed by L.V. Newell, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Courtesy of N.F. Toczko, 1972
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 55843
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 182k At the New York Navy Yard in the summer of 1886, while preparing for service on the Pacific Station. The receiving ship Vermont is in the right distance
    Photographed by E.H. Hart, 1162 Broadway, New York City
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 44796
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 205k Ship's Commanding Officer, Captain Henry L. Howison, seated in his cabin, 1886
    Probably photographed by E.H. Hart, 1162 Broadway, New York City
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 42290
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 95k Captain Henry L. Howison was in command of Vandalia from February 1886 to June 1888
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 66247
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 193k Ship's officers posed on deck, while she was flagship of the Pacific Station, circa 1888. Photographed at Honolulu, Hawaii.
    Those present are seated, left to right: Lieutenant John C. Wilson;Chief Engineer George J. Burnap; Lieutenant James W. Carlin; Captain Henry L. Howison, Commanding Officer; Paymaster Frank H. Arms; Surgeon Hosea J. Babin; and Lieutenant Charles E. Fox.
    Standing, left to right: Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Horace M. Witzel; Passed Assistant Engineer Alexander B. Bates; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Thomas M. Brumby; Naval Cadet Harold K. Hines; Naval Cadet Samuel P. Edmunds; Naval Cadet Edward Moale, Jr.; Naval Cadet Charles E. Johnston; Naval Cadet Samuel B. Winram; Lieutenant Hawley O. Rittenhouse; Carpenter Joseph B. Fletcher; Assistant Surgeon Francis W.F. Wieber; Naval Cadet George F. Cooper; Ensign Charles E. Sweeting; Lieutenant Greenlief A. Merriam; First Lieutenant George F. Elliott, USMC; Pay Clerk John Roche; Assistant Engineer Walter M. McFarland; and Naval Cadet William G. McMillan.
    Paymaster Arms and Pay Clerk Roche lost their lives when Vandalia was sunk in the 15-16 March 1889 hurricane at Apia, Samoa.
    Collection of Lieutenant Edward Moale, Jr.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 91970
    Bill Gonyo
    Vandalia 121k Firing salutes off the Port mouth Navy Yard, Kittery, Maine, circa the 1880s. Possibly photographed in March 1886, when Vandalia left Portsmouth after overhaul
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 42295
    Robert Hurst
    Vandalia 193k Captain C. M. Schoonmaker, who commanded the Vandalia, was appointed to the navy from New York in 1854 and rose from the grade of acting midshipman to that of captain, to which he was commissioned 7
    October 1886.
    Library of Congress photo cph 3c09752
    Bill Gonyo

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