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USS Nina

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Spanish Campaign Medal
District Harbor Tug (Palos Class Screw Steamer):
  • Built by Reaney, Son, and Archbold, Chester, PA
  • Laid down, 1864
  • Launched, 27 May 1865
  • Delivered at New York Navy Yard, 26 September 1865
  • Commissioned, 30 September 1865
  • Placed in service as a yard tug at Washington Navy Yard, 6 January 1866, Acting Ensign Frank C. Hall commanding that ship and sister tugs Primrose and Rescue
  • Converted to a Torpedo Boat, commissioned USS Nina, 31 March 1870, LT. Godfrey Hunter in command
  • Reassigned to Newport, R.I. in April 1870
  • Refitted in May 1884 for special service as a salvage ship
  • Reassigned to New York Navy Yard in 1885
  • Reassigned to Newport in 1890
  • Reassigned to New York Navy Yard in 1892 as a yard tug
  • Commissioned as a tender and supply vessel to the Torpedo Boat Flotilla, 1902
  • Decommissioned, at New York, 21 March 1903
  • Loaned to the Lighthouse service from October 1903 to April 1904
  • Returned to US Navy custody and recommissioned, 9 September 1905
  • Converted to a Submarine Tender in 1906, assigned to the Newport Torpedo Station
  • Deaprted Norfolk for Boston, 1830 hours, 06 February 1910
  • Last sighted at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Feared lost 11 February 1910 - an extensive search revealed no trace, assumed lost in gale that swept area
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 March 1910
  • Wreck discovered near Fenwick Island Shoals, Delaware, 1978
    Her entire crew of 31 died in service aboard and remain on duty

    Displacement 420 tons displacement
    Length 137' 0" overall
    Beam 26'
    Draft 9' 6"
    Speed 10 knots
    Complement 52
    Armament two 3-pounders
    Fuel Capacity unknown
    vertical compound steam, single propeller
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    93k USS Nina salvaging the wreck of sidewheel gunboat USS Tallapoosa sunk in Martha’s Vineyard Sound, circa 1885 to 1889..
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    466k USS Nina in drydock, as fitted with J.J. Kundstadter's patent screw propelling and steering apparatus,circa 1880.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 74289, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, 1971
    Robert Hurst
    422k USS Nina in dry dock at the New York Navy Yard, 09 August 1905. Note the eagle over the pilot house, a feature of many American civilian tugs at this time. The schooner rig has been removed. Connecticut (Battleship # 18) is fitting out in the distance, with her three smokestacks and upper forward superstructure visible beyond Nina's bow.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 44705
    Mike Green
    422k Poor quality photo of USS Nina during her time as First Submarine Flotilla's tender, 1906-1910. The photo has been signed by Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz.
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 58080
    Robert Hurst

    USS Nina
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