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Intrepid II (Steam Torpedo Ram)

(ScStr: t. 438; l. 170'3"; b. 35'; dr. 12'0"; s. 11 k.; a. 4 24-pdr. how.)

Fearless, brave.


The second Intrepid was launched by the Boston Navy Yard 5 March 1874; sponsored by Miss H. Evelyn Frothingham Pooke and commissioned 31 July, Comdr. Augustus P. Cooke in command.

The experimental steam torpedo ram departed Boston 3 August and arrived Newport, R.I. the next day. She departed Newport 31 August and arrived New York Navy Yard 1 September. The following 2 months were devoted to torpedo trails along the North Atlantic Coast. Intrepid arrived New York Navy Yard 24 October and decommissioned 30 October.

The steamer recommissioned New York Navy Yard 28 August but, with the exception of brief visits to New England ports in 1875 and 1876, she remained at the Navy Yard. She decommissioned 22 August 1882 for conversion to a light-draft gunboat. Work was suspended in 1889 and a survey in 1892 found Intrepid unserviceable. She was sold 9 May 1892 to Mathew Gill, Jr., of Philadelphia.

Published: Wed Jul 22 07:47:07 EDT 2015