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Call sign (1912):
Nan - Sail - Love

Gloucester served both the U. S. Navy plus the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and New York State Naval Militia


  • The first Gloucester was built in 1891 as the steel-hulled yacht Corsair by Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA
  • Sold to the Navy 23 April 1898 for $225,000.00
  • Commissioned USS Gloucester 16 May 1898
    (1914 Ship's Data, U.S. Naval Vessels shows date of commissioning as 20 May 1899)
  • Decommissioned 8 February 1905 at Pensacola, FL
  • Served with the Massachusetts and New York Naval Militias at New York City
  • Recommissioned 7 April 1917 at Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Struck from the Navy list 12 August 1919
  • Sold 21 November 1919
  • Wrecked in a hurricane in 1919 at Pensacola, FL.


  • Displacement 786 t.
  • Length 240' 8"
  • Beam 27' 2"
  • Draft 12'
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 94
    1905 - 22
    1911 - 79
  • Armament: Four 6-pounders, four 3-pounders and two Gatling guns
    1905 - One 3-pounder and two Colt machine guns
    1911 - Two 3-pounder rapid fire mounts and four 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
    1914 - Three 3-pounder rapid fire mounts and four 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 2,000ihp vertical inverted triple-expansion steam engine, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Corsair
    Corsair/Gloucester 95k c. 1893
    Photo by New York maritime photographer John S. Johnston (1839 - 1899)
    Robert Hurst
    USS Gloucester
    Gloucester 59k Tom Kermen
    Gloucester 69k Under her brilliant Captain Richard Wainwright, Gloucester gained world fame in the Spanish-American War Naval Historical Center
    Gloucester 84k Photographed in 1898, probably at the end of the Spanish-American War
    U.S. Navy photo NH 53600
    Gloucester 99k Anchored in U.S. waters circa summer 1898, showing her forward 6-pdr. gun and bow decorations. Original photograph was printed on a stereograph card, copyright 1899 by Strohmeyer & Wyman, New York
    Donation of Louis Smaus, 1985
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100294
    Gloucester 137k Photographed by George P. Hall & Son, New York, summer 1898
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53747
    Robert Hurst
    Gloucester 144k A montage featuring a photograph of the ship entering the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in the summer of 1898, after her return from Spanish-American War service off Cuba, along with a cap ribbon bearing her name and a remnant of the pennant she flew during the 3 July 1898 Battle of Santiago. She was commanded by Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, USN
    Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander Richard Wainwright, Jr., USN (Retired), 1928
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53752
    Gloucester 165k c. 1899
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53749
    Gloucester 44k Photo probably taken while serving with the New York State Naval Militia
    Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Gloucester 91k At anchor in the vicinity of New York City, circa March-July 1919. Photographed from the USS Santa Paula (ID-1590) during one of her voyages to or from France.
    Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 103562

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Richard Wainwright, USN16 May 1898
    02LCDR Arthur I. Perry, USNRF1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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