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NavSource Online: Army Ship Photo Archive
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
Cruise Radius unknown
Fuel Capacities unknown
one triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
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||USAT Hooker under way, date and location unknown
There is no history record available for USAT Hooker at NavSource
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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