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USS MARBLEHEAD (Cruiser No. 11/PG 27)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: Nan - Jig - Oboe
(Contributed by John Spivey)

Displacement 2,090 Tons, Dimensions, 269' (oa) x 37' x 16' 8" (Max)
Armament 9 x 5"/40, 6 x 6pdr, 2 x 1pdr, 3 x 18" tt..
Armor, 7/16" Deck, 2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 5,400 IHP; 2 Vertical, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 18 Knots, Crew 274.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on OCT 1890 by the City Point Works, Boston, MA
Launched 11 AUG 1892
Commissioned 02 APR 1894
Decommissioned 30 APR 1900
Commissioned 10 NOV 1902
Decommissioned 01 OCT 1906
Loaned to California Militia 31 MAR 1910
Loaned to Oregon Militia in 1916
Commissioned 06 APR 1917
Decommissioned 21 AUG 1919
Reclassified on 07 July 1920 as PG 27
Stricken 05 AUG 1921
Fate: Sold for scrap 05 AUG 1921
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal - Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ATLANTIC FLEET Clasp

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Marblehead, ready to launch on 11 August 1892.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.1520.04182

Mike Green

Guests arriving for Marblehead's launching on 11 August 1892.

Historic New England Nathaniel L. Stebbins Collection, Photo No. PC047.02.1520.04182

Mike Green
380k Marblehead after sliding down the ways. Mike Green
Marblehead 211k Port quarter view at anchor, location and date unknown.. USNHC
21k Port side view, date and location unknown. Note what appears to be laundry hanging from the forward mast, drying. Roel Bakels
Marblehead 85k

USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) In an icy harbor, circa 1894-99.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 46636.

Marblehead 85k

USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) "Stripped for battle" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa June-July 1898. Donation of Capt. Dudley W. Knox, 1926, from the McCalla collection.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 47159.

267k USS Marblehead in Guantanamo Bay during the Spanish American War in 1898. Tommy Trampp

The USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) is in the rear of Mare Island's dry dock #1 with the out of commission Torpedo Boats USS Fox (TB 13) and USS Davis (TB 12) forward of the cruiser. The ship in the background to the left appears to be a revenue cutter with a tug outboard of her.

U.S. Navy Photo

Darryl Baker
247k USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) in the Mare Island channel a month after her recommissioning in December 1902. Darryl Baker

Ships in the Mare Island channel circa 1905 in the foreground are USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) with two stacks and the Gunboat USS Alert with one stack and in the background are USS Bennington (1 stack and 3 masts) and USS Cincinnati (Cruiser No. 7) (2 masts and 2 stacks) .

U.S. Navy photo #C 11 001-1905

Darryl Baker

USS Jupiter (AC 3) fitting out at Mare Island Navy Yard, with Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) alongside, circa 16-17 March 1913.

Photo from "U.S. Warships of World War One", with permission of the author Paul H. Silverstone

Robert Hurst
Marblehead 291k

Starboard bow view while at anchor at Mare Island 13 March 1916. Courtesy of Thomas P. Naughton.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 92170.


Broadside view of USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) believed to be off Mare Island circa 1916-17.

U.S. Navy Photo #C 11 1902

Darryl Baker

Starboard side view of USS Marblehead (Cruiser No. 11) in the Mare Island channel on 11 August 1917.

U.S. Navy Photo #C 11 3518-8-1917

Darryl Baker

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
O'Neal, Charles, CDR     04/02/1894 - ~1896
Jewell, Theodore Frelinghuysen, CDR 1865   03/12/1896 -
McCalla, Bowman Hendry, CDR 1896   09/11/1897 - 10/15/1898

Mead, William Whitman, CDR

1896   10/15/1898 - 04/23/1899
Colby, Harrison Gray Otis, CDR 1867   04/23/1899
Decommissioned     04/30/1900 - 11/10/1902
Phelps Jr., Thomas Stowell, CDR 1869   11/10/1902 -
Scott, Bernard Orme, CDR 1874   07/09/1904 - 10/15/1904
Young, Lucien, CDR 1873 RADM 10/15/1904 - 11/10/1905
Mulligan, Richard Thomas, CDR 1876   11/10/1905 - 10/01/1906
Decommissioned     10/01/1906 - 04/06/1917
Barthalow, Benjamin Grady, LTJG 1900   07/22/1911
Scranton, Edison Ernest, LT 1900   01/01/1912
Tomb, William Victor, LCDR 1900   05/10/1913
Lang, Charles Jonas, CDR 1893   04/06/1917 - 05/18/1917
Huff, Charles Peabody, CDR 1900   05/18/1917
Tarrant, William Theodore, CAPT 1898 RADM 06/03/1919 - 08/21/1919

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)

USS MARBLEHEAD (Cruiser No. 11 / PG 27) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

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