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Photo # NH 53760:  USS Governor Russell.  Photographed in 1898

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USS Governor Russell (1898-1899)

Governor Russell, a 485-ton ferry boat built in 1898 at East Boston, Massachusetts, was purchased by the Navy in May 1898 and converted into a shallow-draft auxiliary gunboat. She was commissioned in June 1898 as Governor Russell. While en route to the Cuban war zone in July 1898, she encountered a heavy storm and required extensive repairs. A second storm in September proved that she was unfit for the open sea and Governor Russell was decommissioned late in that month. She was stricken from the Navy List in July 1899.

This page features our only views of USS Governor Russell.

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Photo #: NH 53760

USS Governor Russell (1898-99)


Photographed in 1898.
This Boston ferryboat was converted to a gunboat during the Spanish-American war. Damaged by a severe storm off the U.S. east coast in July 1898, she saw no service in the combat zone.
Note 5"/40 gun on her low forecastle deck.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 93KB; 740 x 550 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 53761

USS Governor Russell (1898-99)


Taking green water over her bow during a storm off the U.S. Atlantic Coast, circa July-September 1898.
Note canvas protective wrapping around the 5"/40 gun mounted on this converted ferryboat's low forecastle, and furled awning overhead.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65KB; 740 x 615 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 51301

USS Lehigh
(1863-1904)

Photographed while she was in commission for Spanish-American War service, probably at the Boston Navy Yard in June or July 1898.
Ship on the opposite side of the pier is USS Governor Russell.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 77KB; 740 x 575 pixels

 


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Page made 24 September 1998
New image added 21 October 2001