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USS Niagara (III)

  • Built as the steamer Niagara in 1877 by John Roach and Sons, Chester, PA.
  • Acquired by the Navy from Ward Line Steamship Company 11 April 1898
  • Fitted out as a distilling and supply ship of the Collier Service
  • Commissioned, USS Niagara, 11 April 1898 at New York, CDR. George. A. Bicknell in command
  • During the Spanish-American War she served the fleet off Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Haiti
  • Niagara remained on station in the Caribbean Sea until 24 July 1898 when she departed Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for New York, arriving 3 September 1898
  • Niagara remained at New York until she decommissioned 14 October 1898
  • Final Disposition, sold 19 July 1899, fate unknown
    Displacement 5,221 t.
    Length 274'
    Beam 38'
    Draft 19' 6"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 57
    two 6-pdr guns
    four 3-pdr guns
    two 37mm guns
    one Colt machine gun
    Propulsion steam

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    USS Niagara (III)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Bicknell III, George Augustus11 April 1898 - 14 October 1898
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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