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USS Rogers (I)

Steam Whaling Bark:
  • Steam whaling bark Mary and Helen, acquired by the Navy at San Francisco in 1881
  • Commissioned USS Rodgers, 30 May 1881, LT. Robert M. Berry USN in command
  • Sailed north June 1881 in search of the steamer Jeanette and two whalers, Mount Woolaston and Vigilant
  • Fire broke out aboard, 8 October 1881, while wintering over in St Lawrence Bay, abandoned and adrift her magazine exploded 31 October destroying the ship
  • Crew wintered over in native villages until February 1882 when rescued by the New Bedford whaler North Star
    Displacement 420 t.
    Length 138'
    Beam 30' 3"
    Depth of Hold 16' 8"
    Draft unknown
    Speed 6-8 kts
    Complement 35
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam and sail

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    Merchant Service
    Rodgers 81k Illustration of steam whaler bark Mary and Helen underway.
    Image from Freshwater and Marine Image Bank, University of Washington, found on the web site.
    Robert Hurst
    Rodgers 74k Drawing of Mary & Helen underway by C. S. Raleigh, found on the web site. Robert Hurst
    USS Rodgers
    Rodgers 181k USS Rodgers at the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1881 before departing for the Bering Strait and the Arctic.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 108357/font>
    Mike Green
    Rodgers 141k Drawing of USS Rodgers probably produced in 1881.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 108358
    Mike Green

    USS Rodgers (i)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Rodgers logbook, June to November 1881, Alaskan waters
    New York Times, 22 June 1882, regarding the loss of the Rogers
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