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USS Cincinnati (C-7)

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USS Cincinnati (C-7) was launched 10 November 1892 by New York Navy Yard; sponsored by Miss S. Mosby; and commissioned 16 June 1894, Captain H. E. Glass in command.

USS Cincinnati (C-7)'s first cruise, along the east coast, and then in the Caribbean, found her enforcing neutrality laws at Tampa and Key West during the Cuban Revolution from September 1895 to January 1896. In April 1898, opening month of the Spanish-American War, USS Cincinnati (C-7) joined the blockade off Havana, Cuba, and bombarded Matanzas. The next month, she scouted throughout the West Indies searching for the Spanish fleet known to be approaching Cuba.

At the close of May 1898, USS Cincinnati (C-7) came north for repairs, returning to the Caribbean for occupation duty in August. After joining in salvage operations at Santiago in November, she sailed north, and from 14 February 1899 to 2 December 1901 was out of commission at New York Navy Yard for extensive repairs. Between May 1902 and January 1903, USS Cincinnati (C-7) protected American citizens and property in the Caribbean during political disturbances at Haiti, Santo Domingo, and Panama, and brought relief supplies to Martinique after the devastating eruption of Mount Pelee.

Recommissioned in reserve 8 March 1911, USS Cincinnati (C-7) was in full commission from 11 October 1911, and two months later returned to the Asiatic Station for a 6-year tour of duty similar to her earlier employment there. She returned to San Diego 16 December 1917, and while bound for the east coast, took part in humanitarian relief at San Jose, Guatemala, after severe earthquakes. She arrived in Hampton Roads 16 January 1918.

As flagship of the American Patrol Detachment, Atlantic Fleet from 1 February 1918 to 28 March 1919, USS Cincinnati (C-7) patrolled the Gulf of Mexico from Key West, protecting the movement of vital oil supplies. She was decommissioned at New Orleans 20 April 1919.

For a complete history of USS Cincinnati (C-7) please see its DANFS page.