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Mariveles served the Navies of Spain and the United States


  • The first Mariveles was built in 1886 for the Spanish Navy by Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co., Hong Kong, British Crown Colony
  • Acquired by the Navy 2 May 1899
  • Commissioned USS Mariveles 17 June 1899 at Cavite, Philippines
  • Decommissioned in March 1900 at Cavite
  • Recommissioned 16 August 1900
  • Decommissioned 22 August 1900 at Cavite
  • Recommissioned 1 May 1901
  • Decommissioned 8 August 1901 at Cavite
  • Struck from the Navy list 8 June 1908
  • Sold 2 January 1909
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 170 t.
  • Length 99' 9"
  • Beam 16' 6"
  • Draft 6'
  • Speed 7 kts.
  • Complement 27
  • Armament: One 3-pounder, two 1-pounders and two Colt machine guns
  • Propulsion: One Scotch boiler, two inclined compound engines, two shafts.
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    Mariveles 97k Fleet Admiral William D. Leahy, USN, collection
    Library of Congress photo
    David Wright

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG J. W. Oman, USN17 June 1899
    02LT William Daniel Leahy, USN - USNA Class of 1897
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and three Navy Distinguished Service Medals - Served as Chief of Staff to President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1942 - 1945)
    Attained the rank of Fleet Admiral
    Courtesy of David Wright and Joe Radigan

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