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Urdaneta served the Navies of Spain and the United States


  • Built in 1883 as Urdaneta for the Spanish Navy by the Cavite Arsenal, Manila, Philippines
  • Captured in 1898
  • Acquired by the Navy 17 January 1899
  • Commissioned USS Urdaneta 2 June 1899
  • Ran aground 17 September 1899 and captured by Filipino insurgents on the Orani River near Manila
  • Recovered by the Navy and recommissioned 12 May 1900 at Cavite
  • Decommissioned 12 December 1902 at Cavite
  • Struck from the Navy list 15 December 1904
  • Reinstated on the Navy list as a tug
  • Sold in 1916
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 61 t.
  • Length 69' 3"
  • Length between perpendiculars 70' 5"
  • Beam 12' 7"
  • Draft 4' 9"
  • Speed 8 kts.
  • Complement 15
  • Armament: One 1-pounder, one 37mm mount and one Colt machine gun
  • Propulsion: One vertical compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    Urdaneta 255k c. 1899
    Olongapo Navy Yard (Subic Bay), Philippines
    Under the command of Naval Cadet John E. Lewis, USN
    Courtesy of Lieutenant Commander J.E. Lewis, 1945
    U.S. Navy photo NH 43758
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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