Aileen served the U. S. Navy and both the New York and Rhode Island Naval Militia.
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|126k||In dry dock, fitting out for service, at the New York Navy Yard, 17 May 1898. The cruiser Topeka is in the background.
National Archives photo 19-N-17-5-2
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|134k||In dry dock at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, while being converted for naval service, 17 May 1898. Note light armor plate being installed on her hull amidships to protect her boilers.
U.S. Navy photo NH 57751
|91k||Moored at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, after being fitted for naval service, 21 May 1898. Ship getting underway is Viking another yacht converted for use in the
National Archives photo 19-N-19-16-10
|64k||A half tone reproduction of a photograph of Aileen (1898-1920) taken in 1899, probably after Aileen's transfer to the New York Naval Militia. Copied from " The New Navy of the United States", by N. L. Stubbins, (New York, 1912).
Donation of David Shadell, 1987
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 98246
|79k||Photo probably taken during her service with the Rhode Island State Naval Militia.
Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
|118k||Underway, circa 1899-1908. Note her 45-star National Ensign.
Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 67564
|104k||In port, prior to World War I. New York and New Haven Railway cars are on the dock behind her.
Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 771187
Found unfit for cruising the open seas, Aileen served on coastal defense through the Spanish-American War. On 18 May 1899 the converted yacht was transferred to the New York Naval Militia on loan for use as a training ship. On 18 November 1909, the New York Naval Militia returned Aileen to the Navy. She was placed in service at the Portsmouth (N. H.) Navy Yard on 30 April 1910- but, sometime later that year, the yacht was transferred to the Rhode Island Naval Militia and served the state of Rhode Island training naval militiamen until the United States entered World War I on 6 April 1917. The following day, Aileen was reacquired by the Navy and placed in commission once again. For the duration of the war, she served in the 2d Naval District, patrolling the New England coastline between New London and Block Island Sound. After February 1919, she operated from New London with the Reserve Squadron, Antisubmarine Squadrons, engaged in training missions. She was decommissioned on 5 July 1919 and 18 days later, was ordered sold. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 12 August 1919. On 20 November 1920, she was sold to Tams, Lemoin & Crane, of New York City.
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