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USAT Hooker

Cable Repair Ship:
  • Built in 1875 as SS Branksome, by the London and Glasgow Shipbuilding Co., Grovin, Scotland
  • Launched date unknown
  • Delivered to Compania Transatlantica Espanola, Renamed SS Panama
  • SS Panama operated between the West Indies, Cuba and Spain
  • Captured by the US Lighthouse Tender USLHS Mangrove during the Spanish-American war
  • Assigned to the US Army as a troop transport
  • Converted for cable work by the Morse Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • The first and last cable expedition undertaken by Hooker was to lay cables in the Philippines
  • Final Disposition, ran aground on Corregidor Island in Manila Bay and became a total loss
    Displacement 2,000 gross tons
    Length 333'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 24'1"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    Cruise Radius unknown
    Fuel Capacities unknown
    one triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    single shaft

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    Hooker 64k USAT Hooker under way, date and location unknown  

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    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    History of the Atlantic Cable & Undersea Communications - CS Hooker
    Aurora Daily Express, Apr. 5, 1899 "Army's First Cable Ship"
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