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Screw Sloop:

  • The second Galena was built in 1879 by the Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Commissioned 26 August 1880
  • Decommissioned 23 July 1890 at the New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned 12 January 1882
  • Decommissioned 21 March 1886 at New York
  • Recommissioned 4 October 1887
  • Decommissioned 20 May 1890
  • Recommissioned 8 July 1890
  • Struck from the Navy list 29 February 1892
  • Sold 9 May 1892 to E. J. Butler of Arlington, MA
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,900 t.
  • Length between perpendiculars 216'
  • Beam 37'
  • Draft 16' 6"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 214
  • Armament: Six 9" smooth bores, one 8" rifle and one 60-pounde breach loading rifle
  • Propulsion: Steam and sail.
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    Enterprise 131k Dressed with flags, circa the later 1880s
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53985
    Robert Hurst
    Enterprise 103k Off Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1880. There are several three-masted schooners in the background, at left
    Courtesy N.F. Toczko, 1972
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55841
    Robert Hurst
    Enterprise 89k Photographed circa the late 1880s or early 1890s. The original print identifies this ship as USS Alliance, which it is not. The letter "G" on the bow of the embarked boats (on davits aft, and in the water amidships) show her to be Galena. Other recognition features for this class include the quarter galleries and the six broadside gunports aft of the single pivot port
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 57113
    Robert Hurst
    Enterprise 79k Photographed circa the late 1880s or early 1890s
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 69192
    Robert Hurst

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