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Marietta (Gunboat No. 15)



Call sign:
George - Quack - Sail - Jig


Marietta served both the U. S. Navy and the New Jersey State Naval Militia


Wheeling Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down 13 April 1896 by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched 18 March 1897
  • Commissioned 1 September 1897
  • Decommissioned 6 May 1903 at Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
  • Recommissioned 11 February 1904
  • Decommissioned 21 January 1905 at League Island, PA
  • Recommissioned 14 May 1906
  • Turned over to New Jersey Naval Militia 27 May 1912
  • Decommissioned 12 July 1919 at New Orleans, LA
  • Sold 25 March 1920
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,000 t.
    1914 - 990 t.
  • Length 189 ' 7"
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 13 kts.
  • Complement 140
    1914 - 163
  • Armament: Six 4" gun mounts, one 3" gun mount, four 6-pounders, two 1-pounders and one Colt machine gun
  • 1905 - Six 4" rapid fire mounts, two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and one .30 cal. Colt machine gun
  • 1911 - Six 4"/40 rapid fire mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts and two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, two 518ihp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Marietta 210k c. 1895
    A 16' dinghy built by Mare Island for the Marietta
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 001-1895
    Darryl Baker
    Marietta 184k c. 1895
    A 28' gig whaleboat built by Mare Island for the Marietta
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 002-1895
    Marietta 202k c. 1895
    A 26' cutter built by Mare Island for the Marietta
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 003-1895
    Marietta 227k c. 1895
    A 26' steam cutter built by Mare Island for the Marietta
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 004-1895
    Marietta 198k c. 1895
    A 28' steam cutter built by Mare Island for the Marietta
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 005-1895
    Marietta 244k c. 1895
    A 26' cutter built by Mare Island for the Marietta
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 006-1895
    Marietta 248k 21 September 1897
    Bow view of Marietta at Mare Island.
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 001-9-1897
    Marietta 213k 16 October 1897
    Broadside view of Marietta in Mare Island channel.
    U.S. Navy photo PG 15 001-10-1897
    Marietta 62k Photographed in 1897-98.
    Copied from the Journal of Naval Cadet C.R. Miller, 1898, page 67.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 46643
    Naval Historical Center
    Marietta 110k c. June 1908
    Arriving at Curaco, Venezuela
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2-457-14
    Mike Green
    Marietta 97k c. July 1910
    Courtesy U.S. Warships of World War I
    Marietta 64k Photo probably taken whilst serving with the New Jersey State Naval Militia.
    Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Marietta 156k Ship's officers, 8 May 1914. They are (seated, left to right): Lieutenant George M. Baum; Commander William Pitt Scott; and Passed Assistant Paymaster Raymond E. Corcoran. (standing, left to right): Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Joseph S. Evans; Assistant Surgeon Thomas A. Fortescue; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Richmond K. Turner; Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Henry T. Markland; and Ensign
    Hugh V. McCabe
    Donation of Captain J. S. Evans, 1963
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 46308
    Bill Gonyo
    Marietta 352k Picture postcrad from the Hugh C. Leighton Co. of Portland, ME Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Frederick Martin Symonds, USN1 September 1897
    02LCDR Samuel Willauer Black Diehl, USN - USNA Class of 18731898
    03CDR William Rees Rush, USN11 February 1904 - 21 January 1905
    04CDR William Freeland, USN
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    14 May 1906
    05CDR George Franklin Cooper, USN1 July 1910 - June 1911
    06CDR William Pitt Scott, USN1914
    07CDR Julius Frederick Hellweg, USN - USNA Class of 1900
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    1918
    08CDR Harry Gabriel Hamlet, USCG - Awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal
    Commandant of the Coast Guard (1932) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    October 1918 - August 1919
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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