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Ships of the Spanish-American War

U.S. NAVY SHIPS - Torpedo Boats

Ten torpedo boats served in the Spanish-American War. They were of six basic designs. Cushing (Torpedo Boat # 1) was the oldest, having been completed in 1890. The others had been commissioned in 1896-98. They included Ericsson(Torpedo Boat # 2); Foote, Rodgers and Winslow (Torpedo Boat #s 3 through 5); Porter and Du Pont (Torpedo Boat #s 6 and 7); plus the very small Talbot, Gwin (Torpedo Boat #s 15 and 16) and McKee (Torpedo Boat # 18).

All these little ships served in the Atlantic area, most of them operating off Cuba at some point during the war. Winslow received battle damage and casualties in an engagement at Cardenas, Cuba, on 11 May. Ericsson took part in the 3 July battle off Santiago. Three of the torpedo boats saw active service as late as World War I, but the others were reduced to auxiliary roles or disposed of prior to that time.

This page features views of several of these torpedo boats.

Click on the image for a larger view


Photo #: NH 63743-A

USS Cushing (TB-1)


Photographed during the 1890s.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 63744

USS Ericcson (TB-2)


Photographed circa 1897-98, with either USS Cincinnati or USS Raleigh in the left background.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 64065

USS Foote (TB-3)


Photographed circa 1896-97.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 63745

USS Rodgers (TB-4)


Photographed circa 1897-98.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 63746

USS Winslow (TB-5)


Off Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1898. The Neafie & Levy shipyard is in the background. The original photograph was copyrighted by William H. Rau, 1898.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 100415

USS Winslow (TB-5)


Photographed circa 1898, with a small "water taxi" rowing past her bow.

Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1985.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 63749

USS Porter (TB-6)


Photographed circa 1897-98.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 101245-KN (Color)

USS Porter (TB-6)


Running trials in 1897. The original photograph was published on a color-tinted postcard by the Hugh C. Leighton Co., Portland, Maine, during the early 1900s.

Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(Ret), 1986.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

Online Image: 74,706 bytes; 740 x 505 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 63748

USS Du Pont (TB-7)


In a floating drydock at the Ollinger, Bruce Dry Dock Co., Mobile, Alabama, 18 February 1898. Photographed by Harbor Photo.

The original photograph was received from the Office of Naval Intelligence in November 1898.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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Photo #: NH 63733

USS Talbot (TB-15)


Photographed circa 1898.

U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph

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To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.



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