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Yantic (IX-32)
ex-Gunboat Yantic

Call sign (1912):
Nan - Xray - Cast

Yantic served both the U. S. Navy and the Michigan Naval Militia

Nipsic Class Gunboat:

  • Built in 1864 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • Launched 19 March 1864
  • Commissioned USS Yantic 12 August 1864
  • Decommissioned 7 March 1898 and loaned to the Naval Militia of the state of Michigan as a training ship
  • Returned custody to the Navy and recommissioned in 1917
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Navy list 24 July 1919 and ordered sold
  • Withdrawn from the sale list 31 December 1919 and reinstated on the Navy list
  • Recommissioned and reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-32, 16 May 1921
  • Decommissioned 30 June 1926 and again loaned to the state of Michigan
  • Decommissioned 22 October 1929 as part of the Naval Reserve
  • Sunk 22 November 1929 at a pier in Detroit, MI
  • Struck from the Navy list 9 May 1930
  • Dismantled in 1936 at Detroit, MI.


  • Displacement 836 t.
    1921 - 900 t.
  • Length 179'
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 13' 9"
    1921 - 12' 2"
  • Speed 9.5 kts.
  • Complement 154
  • Armament: One 100-pounder Parrott Rifle, one 30-pounder Parrott Rifle, two 9" Dahlgren smooth bores, two 24-pounder Howitzers, and two 12-pounders
    1921 - Four 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single-ended and one auxiliary boiler, one 310ihp Compound steam engine, one shaft.
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    USS Yantic
    Yantic 29k

    Yantic - A river in the state of Connecticut. The Yantic River forms at the confluence of the Deep River, Sherman Brook, and Exeter Brook about 4 miles east of Colchester, Connecticut. It runs for 14.2 miles and flows into the Shetucket River in Norwich, forming the Thames River

    Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 9 October 2020
    Yantic 110k U.S. Navy photo from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships Naval Historical Center
    Yantic 55k Photo by Frederickson Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Yantic 281k Postcard published by the Detroit News Company, Detroit, Michigan Tommy Trampp
    Yantic 83k
    Yantic 82k c. May 1889
    Showing damage incurred after cyclone
    Detroit Photographic Co. photo 020119 from the Library of Congress (LC-D4-20119)
    Mike Green
    Yantic 107k c. 1898
    Seen as a training ship, after being loaned to the Naval Militia of the State of Michigan
    Library of Congress photo LC-D4-3747 courtesy of the Detroit Photographic Co.
    Yantic 127k The steamer Tashmoo approaching the gunboat Yantic in preparation for a 21 gun salute from the gunboat on October 18, 1902. The ships are on the Detroit River during President Theodore Roosevelt's cruise
    Library of Congress photo LC-DIG-ppmsca-36507
    Yantic 95k The gunboat Yantic saluting President Theodore Roosevelt on October 18, 1902. The President and 3,000 of his guests are onboard the steamer Tashmoo during his Detroit River cruise
    Library of Congress photo No. LC-DIG-ppmsca-36371
    Yantic 92k c. 1912
    Harbor Springs, MI
    Photo courtesy of Institute for Great Lakes Research, Bowling Green State University
    Ann Merriman, Ph.D.
    Yantic 184k c. 1913
    Erie, PA
    Underway during the Perry centennial Naval parade
    Courtesy of Rear Admiral Denys W. Knoll, USN, Ret., Erie, Pennsylvania
    Naval History and Heritage Command photos NH 75677 and NH 75678
    Mike Green
    Yantic 170k
    Yantic 65k Photo probably taken whilst serving with the Michigan State Naval Militia
    Photo from the 1914 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships
    Original photo: Gunter Krebs
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    USS Yantic (IX 32)
    Yantic 98k Tied up pierside, at Hancock, Michigan, with full rigging, just before one of her annual two-week cruises. Photo taken before Yantic was overhauled and the ship's third mast was removed
    Photo courtesy of Michigan Technology University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, Houghton, Michigan
    Robert Hurst
    Yantic 96k Steaming up Portage Lake with Hancock, Michigan, to the right
    Photo courtesy of Michigan Technology University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, Houghton, Michigan
    Yantic 69k On maneuvers along Portage Lake near the ship's home base of Hancock, Michigan. Men were trained in handling not only the Yantic, but also a number of smaller launches, cutters and dinghies carried along with the larger ship. The shaft houses of the Quincy Mining Company along Quincy hill are in the background.
    Photo courtesy of Michigan Technology University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, Houghton, Michigan
    Yantic 85k Tied up along the Ripley shoreline near Hancock, Michigan. The Quincy Mining Company smelting works is in the background
    Photo courtesy of Michigan Technology University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, Houghton, Michigan
    Yantic 103k At dock in the foreground, with the central business district of Houghton, Michigan, on the far side of Portage Lake. Yantic's complement of smaller training boats are stored dockside for the ship's winter season. The wooden swing bridge on the left, connected Houghton with Hancock
    Photo courtesy of Michigan Technology University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections, Houghton, Michigan
    Yantic 65k From the Fredrick Wood Collection in the April 1930 edition of Our Navy magazine
    Photo courtesy of C. C. Hanks
    Stan Svec

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Thomas C. Harris, USN - USNA Class of 184112 August 1864 - 16 November 1866
    02CDR Trevett Abbott, USN - USNA Class of 184712 December 1867 - 11 January 1868
    03CDR John Irwin, USN - USNA Class of 1847October 1869 - 22 November 1869
    04CDR Byron Wilson, USN - USNA Class of 185713 August 1872
    05CDR Edwin Tully Woodward, USN - USNA Class of 18632 October 1880
    06CDR Francis M. Green, USNMarch 1882
    07CDR Frank Wildes, USN - USNA Class of 1864
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    June 1883
    08CDR Charles H. Rockwell, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral20 February 1889
    09LCDR Samuel Belden, USN31 August 1891
    10LCDR Henry Ware Lyon, USN - USNA Class of 1866
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    1892 - 1893
    11LCDR Seth Mitchell Ackley, USN - USNA Class of 186613 December 1893 - 7 March 1898
    12LT William T. Cooper, USNRF1918
    13LCDR Richard Thomas Broadhead, USNRF15 May 1921 - 29 May 1926
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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