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Gunboat: Laid down in 1894 for the Spanish Navy at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines; Captured 1 May 1898 during the Spanish-American War; Acquired by the Navy 17 January 1899; Never commissioned; Construction canceled in June 1904 when 75% complete; Struck from the Navy list 11 February 1905 and sold for scrap.

Specifications: Displacement 163 t.; Length 101' 6"; Beam 16'; Draft 5' 9"; Speed 7 kts.; Complement 30; Armament two 6-pounders, two 3-pounders and two 1-pounders; Propulsion one vertical compound engine, one shaft.

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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships:


The second largest and most southerly of the Philippine Islands.

Mindanao, a former Spanish unarmored gunboat, was laid down at Cavite Navy Yard in 1894; captured by the Army 1 May 1898; and acquired by the Navy 17 January 1899. She was never commissioned.

Still under construction at the time of the outbreak of the Spanish American War, work was resumed on Mindanao following her acquisition by the Navy. In June 1904, when the gunboat was 75 percent structurally complete, work was stopped because the cost of preparing her for sea duty was too high. She was stricken from the Navy list 11 February 1905 and sold for scrap.

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