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USS Thetis (I)
Built in 1881 as a three-masted, wooden-hulled steam whaler, at Dundee, Scotland, by Alexander Stephen & Sons
Acquired by the Navy, 2 February 1884, to relieve the polar exploration party under the command of LT. Adolphus W. Greely, U.S.A. Commissioned USS Thetis, 2 February 1884, LT. L. L. Reamey in command
USS Thetis, departed New York, 1 May 1884, CDR. Winfield Scott Schley in command for Upernavik, Greenland
Thetis departed Upernavik, 29 May 1884 in company with USS Bear
Thetis and Bear found LT Greely with six of the original 26 members of his party near Cape Sabine, Canada
Decommissioned and laid up in reserve at New York, 26 November 1884
Recommissioned, 15 January 1887, LT. William H. Emory Jr., in command
Fitted out as a gunboat in preparation for a cruise around South America
USS Thetis arrived at Mare Island Navy Yard for voyage repairs, 13 October and departed for Alaskan waters, 16 November 1887
Between January 1888 and July 1890 USS Thetis was engaged in survey work in Alaskan waters with intermittent voyages to Mare Island for voyage repairs
USS Thetis sailed for Central America in July 1890 to protect American lives during the Guatemalan revolution, returning to Mare Island, 29 October 1890
USS Thetis was re-employed in survey work in Alaska and Baja California from 1890 until she was placed in ordinary in July 1897
In 1899 ex-USS Thetis was transferred the Revenue Cutter Service and commissioned USRC Thetis
Decommissioned by the Revenue Cutter Service, 30 April 1916, after a long career policing Alaskan waters
Sold, 3 June 1916, to W. & S. Job & Co., New York, converted to a sealer operating out of Newfoundland until 1950
Final Disposition, hulk purposely grounded off St. Johns and remained there until broke up.
Displacement 1,250 t.
Length 188' 6"
Draft 17' 10"
Propulsion steam and sail
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||USS Thetis (center) and USS Bear (left), hampered by ice during their search for the Greely expedition, 1884.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
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||Starboard bow view of USS Thetis sometime between 1884 and 1897 anchored at an unknown location.
US Library of Congress photo # LC-D4-21020
||USS Thetis in a floating drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard in either 1887 or 1888.
US Navy photo.
||Mare Island Navy Yard, September-October 1889. Ships present:
USS Monongahela, outboard of,
USS Monadnock (under construction),
USC&GS Carlisle P. Patterson,
USS Charleston (C-2) (being outfitted),
Floating dry dock and
USS Independence (Receiving Ship)
Ships in the channel (left to right)
USS Alert and
US Navy photo from the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
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||USS Thetis at Mare Island Navy Yard around the time she was placed in ordinary there in July 1897 following her survey of Baja California between 1893 and 1897. Note USS Hartford is in the early stages of reconstruction behind her.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 71759
USS Thetis (I)
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