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USS Intrepid (II)

Steam Torpedo Ram:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Boston Navy Yard for service as an experimental steam torpedo ram
  • Launched, 5 March 1874
  • Commissioned, USS Intrepid, 31 July 1874, CDR. Augustus P. Cooke in command
  • Conducted torpedo trials in September and October 1874 along the North Atlantic coast
  • Decommissioned, 30 October 1874, at New York Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned, 28 April 1875, at New York Navy Yard
  • Decommissioned, 22 August 1882, for conversion to a light-draft gunboat for service in Chinese waters, work suspended in 1889
  • Naval Survey in 1892, found Intrepid unserviceable
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 May 1892, to Mathew Gill Jr., of Philadelphia
    Displacement 428 t.
    Length 170' 3"
    Beam 35'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 11 kts
    Complement 145
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    one bow and four side spar torpedoes
    Fuel Capacity 180 t. coal
    six cylindrical boilers
    two-shaft compound steam engine, 1,800 IHP = 11 Kts.
    single propeller

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    Intrepid 182k Launch of Intrepid (II) from Shiphouse 92 at the Boston Navy Yard, 5 March 1874. Shiphouse 92 was erected in 1872 specifically for the construction of Intrepid. The Bunker Hill Monument is in the upper left corner. The yard's masting shears are seen to the right.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo No. USN 904357.
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, National Parks of Boston, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA 02129
    Intrepid 99k Bow view of USS Intrepid (II) taken in dry dock No. Boston Navy Yard, circa 1870s. Note the torpedo projection device at her forefoot, pattern of her hull plating and the anchor hanging from her port hawsepipe.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 53251
    Robert Hurst
    Intrepid 156k "The Recent Experiments at the Torpedo Station at Newport, R.I., before the U.S. Naval Board" Engraving published in 1874, based on sketches by LCDR. Richard C. Hooker, USN. The individual views include:
    1. Explosion of a submarine mine;
    2. Explosion of a spar torpedo;
    3. The new iron-clad torpedo boat USS Intrepid;
    4. Blowing up an old hulk with nitro-glycerine.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84460
    Robert Hurst

    USS Intrepid (II)
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