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Don Juan de Austria



Call sign (1912):
Nan - Easy - Rush

Don Juan de Austria served both the U. S. Navy and the Michigan Naval Militia


Infanta Isabel Class Spanish Cruiser/Gunboat:

  • Built in 1887 at Cartagena, Spain for the Spanish Navy
  • Sunk 1 May 1898 during the Battle of Manila Bay but was raised and refitted at Hong Kong
  • Commissioned 11 April 1900
  • Decommissioned for repairs 5 May 1904 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Kittery, ME
  • Recommissioned 10 December 1905
  • Decommissioned 7 March 1907 at Portsmouth Navy Yard
  • Loaned to the Michigan Naval Militia 28 July 1907
  • Recommissioned 6 April 1917
  • Decommissioned 18 June 1919
  • Sold 16 October 1919
  • Fate unknown.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,015 t.
  • Length 215' 6"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 12' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 153
  • Armament: Two 4" mounts, eight rapid fire 6-pounders and two rapid fire 1-pounders
    1905 - Added four-4" mounts, removed four 6-pounders/both 1-pounders and added four .30 cal. machine guns
    1911 - Two 4"/40 rapid fire mounts, eight 6-pounder rapid fire mounts, two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and added two temporary 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: Four straight-away cylinderical boilers, one 941ihp horizontal compound engine, one shaft.
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    Spanish Cruiser Don Juan de Austria
    Don Juan de Austria 54k
    Namesake:

    Juan de Austria, also called Don Juan de Austria, English Don John of Austria, (born February 24, 1547, Regensburg [Germany]ódied October 1, 1578, Bouges, near Namur, Spanish Netherlands [now in Belgium]), illegitimate son of the Holy Roman emperor Charles V and half brother of King Philip II of Spain who, as a Spanish military commander, achieved victory over the Turks in the historic naval Battle of Lepanto

    Tommy Trampp
    Don Juan de Austria 104k Spanish cruiser Don Juan de Austria photographed in U.S. waters, with the steamer Angler in the background, circa the 1880s or 1890s
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 46866
    Robert Hurst
    USS Don Juan de Austria
    Don Juan de Austria 118k Naval Institute Archives photo U.S. Naval Institute
    Don Juan de Austria 145k c. 1900
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 54545
    Robert Hurst
    Don Juan de Austria 247k c. 1900
    Philippine Islands
    Inset shows one of the ship's boats
    Courtesy of Captain R. E. Pope, USN (Ret.)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 54546
    Don Juan de Austria 110k c. Early 1900s
    Courtesy of D.M. McPherson, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84671
    Don Juan de Austria 426k Officers of USS Don Juan de Austria taken while at Canton, China, circa September 1900. Officers listed are numbered as follows: 1. Lieutenant Junior Grade John D. Barber, Asst. Paymaster, USN; 2. Naval Cadet Allen Buchanan, USN; 3. Lieutenant John L. Purcell, USN; 4. Ensign William L. Littlefield, USN; 5. Naval Cadet Ralph E. Pope, USN; 6. Lieutenant Henry B. Price, USN; 7. Commander Thomas C. McLean, USN, CO; 8. Lieutenant Harold A. Haas, Asst. Surgeon, USN; and 9. Lieutenant Armistead Rust, USN
    Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 104885
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 15 July 2021
    Don Juan de Austria 106k Philippines
    Photo from the 7 May 1904 edition of the Army and Navy Register
    Ron Reeves
    Don Juan de Austria 484k Tinted postcard scene in the wardroom with officers reading circa 1906
    Photo says "copyright by Enrique Muller
    Courtesy of Captain Ralph C. McCoy, 1974
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 82781-KN
    Robert Hurst
    Photo added 15 July 2021
    Don Juan de Austria 262k c. 1907
    Group photo of the ship's officers and crew. The officer at the extreme lower right is Ensign William F. Halsey [father of future Fleet Admiral William Frederick Halsey, Jr., USN]
    Courtesy of the U. S. Naval Academy Museum
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 54547
    Robert Hurst
    Training Ship Don Juan de Austria
    Don Juan de Austria 165k Post card published by A.C. Dietsche of Detroit, Michigan post marked 15 July 1909 Detroit, MI and 16 July 1909 Roseville, MI Tommy Trampp
    Don Juan de Austria 434k Post card dated 1911
    Don Juan de Austria 174k c. 1913
    Don Juan de Austria during the Perry centennial Naval parade, possibly at Erie, Pennsylvania
    Courtesy of Rear Admiral Denys W. Knoll, USN, Ret., Erie, Pennsylvania
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 75676
    Mike Green
    Don Juan de Austria 62k Photo probably taken while serving with the Michigan State Naval Militia
    Photos from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914
    Robert Hurst
    Don Juan de Austria 127k c. 1907/1917
    Detroit Photographic Co. photo from the Library of Congress (LC-D4-22564)
    Mike Green
    Don Juan de Austria 129k Don Juan de Austria (on the right) is seen looking up river from the Belle Isle Bridge in Detroit, Michigan during the Parke Davis Excursion.sometime between July 1907 and
    April 1917
    Library of Congress photo LC-D4-39089
    USS Don Juan de Austria
    Don Juan de Austria 118k 7 March 1918
    Walfrid V. Elson, Yeoman 2c, crewmember in Don Juan de Austria from Ishpeming, Marquette County, Michigan
    Paul Petosky

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Thomas C. McLean, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral11 April 1900 - 28 May 1901
    02CDR C. G. Bowman, USN28 May 1901
    03CDR Jacob F. Lewis, USNRF1918
    04LT William E. McNelley, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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