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USS MacKENZIE (Torpedo Boat # 17, TB-17)

CLASS - MacKenzie As Built.
Displacement 65 Tons.
Dimensions 101' 6" (oa) x 12' 9" x 4' 3".
Armament 1 x 1 pdr., 2 x 18" tt.
Speed 20.1 Knots, Crew 14.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Charles Hillman Ship & Engine Building Co. Philadelphia, Pa.
Laid down 15 April 1897.
Launched 19 February 1898.
Commissioned 1 May 1899.
Decommissioned 15 April 1912, on 7 May 1912 she was turned over to the Florida Naval Militia.
Returned to the Navy November 1914.
Stricken 10 March 1916.
Fate In 1916 designated as a target ship.

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MacKenzie 77KAlexander Slidell MacKenzie was born in New York on 24 January 1842, the son of a Navy Commander of the same name. Appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in 1855, he graduated in June 1859 and was assigned to the newly-completed steam sloop of war Hartford. During the next two years, Midshipman MacKenzie served in that ship with the East India Squadron. Promoted to Lieutenant in August 1861, he was an officer of the gunboat Kineo during the conquest of the lower Mississippi River in 1862. Later transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, MacKenzie served off Charleston, South Carolina, in the steam frigate Wabash and monitor Patapsco, taking part in combat operations against Fort Sumter and Morris Island. Later in the Civil War he commanded the gunboat Winona, also in the waters off South Carolina. In July 1865 MacKenzie received the rank of Lieutenant Commander and soon began a second Far Eastern deployment in Hartford. He was killed in action on 13 June 1867, during a punitive expedition ashore in southern Formosa.NHC
MacKenzie 104kUndated, USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat # 17) and USS Porter (Torpedo Boat # 6) in formation for a practice torpedo run. Image scanned from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.Robert Hurst
MacKenzie 62kPhoto #: NH 100416. USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat # 17) underway at high speed, 1899. Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1985. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
MacKenzie 35kPhoto #: NH 102746. USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat # 17) steaming at high speed, 1899. Copied from "The New Navy of the United States", by N.L. Stebbins, (New York, 1912). Donation of David Shadell, 1987. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC
MacKenzie 138kPhoto #: 19-N-14-24-12. Torpedo Boats at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York In November 1900. They are, from left to right: USS Winslow (Torpedo Boat # 5); USS Ericsson (Torpedo Boat # 2); USS Cushing (Torpedo Boat # 1); USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat # 17); and USS Porter (Torpedo Boat # 6). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.NHC
MacKenzie 133kPhoto #: NH 102781. USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat # 17) underway, circa 1901. This photograph, copyrighted by Enrique Muller, was published on a postal card by the Rotograph Company, New York. Courtesy of Mrs. Ruth Mayfield. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC/Robert Hurst
MacKenzie 59kPhoto #: NH 63734. USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat # 17) underway, circa 1901. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.

USS MacKenzie TB-17 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Lloyd Horwitz Chandler    May 1 1899 - ? (Later RADM)

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