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Governor Russell

Auxiliary Gunboat:

  • Laid down in 1898 by William McKie, East Boston, MA
  • Launched in 1898
  • Acquired by the Navy 11 May 1898
  • Commissioned 24 June 1898
  • Decommissioned 28 September 1898
  • Struck from the Navy list 3 July 1899
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 485 t.
  • Length 157'
  • Beam 57'
  • Draft 9' 4"
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 58
  • Armament: One 5"/40 mount, one 3" mount, four 3-pounders and one Hotchkiss gun.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Governor Russell 143k Photographed in 1898
    Naval Historical Center NH 53760
    Robert Hurst
    Governor Russell 107k The Monitor Lehigh, most likely photographed at the Boston Navy Yard in the summer of 1898, while she was in commission during the war with Spain. The Governor Russell is on the opposite side of the pier
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 51301
    Governor Russell 119k Taking green water over her bow during a storm off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, circa July-September 1898
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 53761

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