A valley in east central California on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It is now the site of Yosemite National Park.
(ScStr.: dp. 2,069 (n.) ; l. 256'0"; b. 33'0"; dr. 17'3" (mean); s. 16.00 k. (tl.) ; a. 2 6-pdrs.)
SS Clearwater—a screw steamer built in 1894 by Wigham Richardson & Co. at Newcastle, England—was acquired by the War Department sometime during the latter half of 1899 and renamed Ingalls. She was used by the Army as a transport until 23 December 1910 when she was transferred to the Navy. Renamed Yosemite, she was placed in commission, in reserve, on 11 November 1911 at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Ens. Alfred H. Miles in command.
Based at Norfolk, Yosemite served the Navy only very briefly, working as tender to Submarine Division 3, Atlantic Torpedo Fleet. On 23 January 1912, just over two months after her commissioning, she was decommissioned at Norfolk. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 1 March 1912, and she was sold to the Boston Iron & Metal Works on 10 June 1912 for scrapping.
On 1 January 1931, San Francisco (CM-2) (q.v.) was renamed Yosemite (CM-2) to free the name San Francisco for the projected heavy cruiser CA-38.