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USS Cushing (TB-1) 

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Cushing (TB-1) 

USS Cushing (TB-1) was launched 23 January 1890 by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I.; sponsored by Miss K. B. Herreshoff; and commissioned 22 April 1890, Lieutenant C. M. Winslow in command.

The first torpedo boat built for the Navy, USS Cushing (TB-1) was attached to the Squadron of Evolution and equipped for experimental work to complete the development of torpedo outfits and to gather data for the service. On 8 September 1891 USS Cushing (TB-1) reported to Newport for duty at the Naval Torpedo Station, and except for a brief period out of commission, 11 November 1891-11 January 1892, USS Cushing (TB-1) continued her torpedo experiments in this area until 1893.

USS Cushing (TB-1) arrived at Hampton Roads 31 March 1893 for temporary duty with the Naval Review Fleet, and in April she escorted HMS Blake and HMS Caravels to New York. USS Cushing (TB-1) returned to duty at Newport 6 May, working with the Whitehead torpedo. Based on Key West from 31 December 1897, USS Cushing (TB-1) reported to the North Atlantic Fleet's Blockading Force for picket patrol in the Florida Straits and courier duty for the Force.

Upon the declaration of war between the United States and Spain, USS Cushing (TB-1) was assigned to patrol the Cays, and on 7 August captured four small vessels and towed them to her anchorage at Piedras Cay. Four days later armed boats from USS Cushing (TB-1) and USS Gwin captured and burned a 20-ton schooner. Returning north in August, 1898, USS Cushing (TB-1) resumed her operations at the Newport Torpedo Station 14 September until decommissioned 8 November 1898. From 1901 to 1911 she was attached to the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at Norfolk, and was sunk 24 September 1920 after use as a target.

For a complete history of USS Cushing (TB-1) please see its DANFS page.