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USS Governor Russell (1898-99)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Governor Russell (1898-99)

USS Governor Russell (1898-99), a wooden bridge ferry converted to auxiliary gunboat, was built by William McKie, East Boston, and launched in 1898; purchased 11 May. she commissioned 24 June 1898, Lt. Charles H. Grant commanding.

Sailing to New York 16 July, USS Governor Russell (1898-99) departed for Port Royal, S.C., 23 July; however she ran into a heavy storm 26-27 July and had to put into port at Beaufort, N.C. From there she went to Moorehead City, N.C., and then sailed for Port Royal, arriving 7 August. After extensive repairs in drydock, Governor Russell sailed for New York 7 September with a cargo of ammunition; however, a second severe storm forced her to put in at Hampton Roads. Damaged by weather for which she was not built, USS Governor Russell (1898-99) was declared unfit for service and decommissioned 28 September 1898. Her name was struck from the Navy List 3 July 1899.

For a complete history of USS Governor Russell (1898-99) please see its DANFS page.