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Don Juan de Austria

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.


  • 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 104k Spanish cruiser Don Juan de Austria photograped 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 106k Philippines
    Photo from the 7 May 1904 edition of the Army and Navy Register
    Ron Reeves
    Don Juan de Austria 118k Naval Institute Archives photo U.S. Naval Institute
    Training Ship Don Juan de Austria
    Don Juan de Austria 434k Post card dated 1911 Tommy Trampp
    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
    02CDR Jacob F. Lewis, USNRF1918
    03LT William E. McNelley, USNRF1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Joe Radigan

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