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USS Alliance (II)

Adams class screw gunboat:
  • Laid down in 1873 as Huron a gunboat of the third rate, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Launched, 8 March 1875
  • Renamed Alliance, date unknown
  • Commissioned USS Alliance, 18 January 1877, CDR. Theodore F. Kane in command
  • Assigned to the European Squadron, 9 March 1877
  • Sailed returned to Boston, 8 December 1879, thence to Norfolk, 14 December
  • USS Alliance received orders in April 1880 to survey duty in the Newfoundland Banks
  • Returning to Portsmouth, N.H. Navy Yard 29 August 1880
  • USS Alliance next was assigned duty in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, to protect US commence and citizens
  • In 1881 following return to Norfolk Navy Yard for outfitting for Arctic duty USS Alliance departed Hampton Roads 9 June proceeding north in search of the missing Arctic exploration steamer SS Jeannette and her party
  • With winter setting in USS Alliance returned to New York, 11 November 1881, without finding SS Jeannette
  • Assigned to the North Atlantic Station, USS Alliance departed Boston after voyage repairs, 9 February 1882, detached, 2 July 1886
  • USS Alliance next sailed to the Mediterranean and East Coast of Africa to investigate transporting of slaves by American flag vessels
  • Joining the South Atlantic Squadron, 25 July 1887, following her investigation
  • Detached from the South Atlantic Squadron,18 May 1888
  • Decommissioned, 20 August 1889, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 16 January 1890 for service on the Asiatic Station, reporting for duty at Singapore, 5 July 1890
  • While at Mare Island Navy Yard for voyage repairs, USS Alliance was reassigned to the Pacific, 15 September 1892
  • Transferred to the South Atlantic Station in March 1894
  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1894, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Recommissioned, 19 January 1895, commencing operations that spring as an apprentice training ship
  • Decommissioned, 2 June 1900, at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 22 April 1901 after conversion to a sailing vessel, continuing to serve as a training ship
  • Reassigned to duty as station ship and store ship at Culebra, Puerto Rico in 1904
  • Decommissioned at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 7 July 1911
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 August 1911
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,375 t.
    Length 185'
    Beam 35'
    Draft 16' 4"
    Speed 11kts
    Complement 190
    one 11" gun
    four 9" guns
    one 60-pdr breach-loading rifle
    Propulsion Sails/Steam

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    106k Photo of a US Navy watercolour painting of the United States Navy gunboatUSS Alliance, circa 1877, unknown artist. Robert Hurst
    193k Ships in the harbor at Portsmouth, N.H., 1 August 1884, including those returning from the rescue of LT. A.W. Greely, U.S. Army, and other survivors, of the Greely Relief Expedition. Left to right;
    USS Tallapoosa,
    USS Alliance,
    USS Thetis
    USS Bear, and
    USS Alert. The latter three ships participated in the expedition.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 900699.
    Robert Hurst
    177k Warships rigged for mourning in the Hudson River, New York, seen from Manhattan Island, probably during the funeral of ex-President Ulysses S. Grant in August 1885. Ship at the far right is USS Powhatan. If the event is actually Grant's funeral, the three sloops of war in the center are (from left to right) USS Alliance, USS Swatara and USS Omaha. The Revenue Cutter at left may be USRC U.S. Grant.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 95874, courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1986
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Alliance 90k USS Alliance at anchor off Tompkinsville, N.Y., circa 1890s. Photo by A. Loeffler of Staten Island, N.Y.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96649.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Alliance 84k USS Alliance at anchor surrounded by boats, date and location unknown.
    US Library of Congress photo LC-D4-20123
    Mike Green
    Alliance 678k USS Alliance at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker

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