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District Harbor Tug (Screw Steamer):
  • Laid down in 1864-65 at Boston, MA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Laid up at Norfolk, VA. after completion of trials in January 1866
  • Placed in service at Norfolk Navy Yard in 1871
  • Standish was assigned to US Naval Academy as practice ship and station tug, circa 1880
  • Placed out of service and sold, 5 August 1921, to B. Wever & Sons, Baltimore, MD.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 350t.
    Length 137' 0"
    Beam 26'
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement unknown
    Armament 2 guns
    Fuel Capacity 80 tons of coal
    two single ended coal-fired boilers
    one vertical compound engine
    single propeller

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    Standish 398k Drawing depicting the transferring of the prisoners-of-war Admiral Pascual Cervera and his officers from USS St. Louis to Standish at Annapolis during the Spanish-American War, 17 July 1898. Image by Haydon Jones, from The World (New York), 18 July 1898. Robert Hurst
    Standish 81k Standish, possibly in the Severn River, off the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. in 1899 with a steam launch alongside. Standish was a station tug at the Naval Academy from about 1880 through the First World War. The ship in the left background is the US Light House Service Tender USLHS Maple.
    US Navy photo # NR & L(O) 12163). from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Standish 109k Standish moored pierside at New York Navy Yard, 14 April 1906. She served at the Naval Academy between 1880 and 1919 and was probably at New York for maintenance.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 43687.
    Mike Green
    Standish 59k Standish at the US Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD., circa spring 1919. The station ship Reina Mercedes is in the left background.
    US Navy photo # NH 104979 from the album of LTjg. Edward D. Porges. Donated by his daughter, Gail Porges Guggenheim, 2007.
    Ramon Jackson

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