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USS Alexander

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal

Screw Steamer:
  • Built in 1894 at Stockton-on-Tees, England, by Richardson Duck & Co.
  • Purchased by the Navy from New Star Blue Line Steamers, 25 April 1898, converted to a collier
  • Commissioned USS Alexander at Norfolk, 2 June 1898, CDR. William T. Burwell in command
  • During the Spanish-American War Alexander served on the Atlantic station supporting the blockade of Cuba
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk, date unknown
  • Recommissioned at Norfolk, 4 March 1900, for duty in the collier service.
  • Assigned to collier duty with Asiatic Fleet 1903
  • Reassigned to the Pacific Fleet in 1907
  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1910, at Navy Yard Cavite, Philippine Islands
  • Recommissioned, 6 July 1911, assignment to the Asiatic Fleet
  • Decommissioned, 9 August 1913, at Cavite
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 August 1913
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 6,181 t.
    Length 342'
    Beam 43'
    Draft 23'
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 68
    two 6-pdrs
    two 3-pdrs
    Propulsion steam
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    Alexander 139k The New Star Blue Line Steamers Alexander under conversion to a Navy collier, 29 May 1898, at Norfolk, VA.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 57786, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Alexander 75k USS Alexander off Norfolk Navy Yard, 7 June 1898, a week after commissioning. Note the 6-pounder gun on the forecastle. US National Archives, RG-19-N box 26, Photo # 19-N-14264 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Mike Green
    Alexander 92k USS Alexander probably photographed, 7 June 1898. She appears to retain her previous owner's markings on her stack, perhaps as a disguise.
    US National Archives, RG-19-A-1, Photo # 19-N-14265, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Alexander 102k USS Alexander off the Norfolk Navy Yard in 1900.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 57787, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Alexander 80k USS Alexander moored, date and location unknown.
    US Library of Congress, LC-D4-20122
    Mike Green

    USS Alexander
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