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Spanish-American War

United States Navy’s Involvement in the Spanish American War: American Ships and Commanders

Albany (Almirante Abreu), placed in commission (1900)

Albany, Capt. Joseph E. Craig (as of 5/29/1900); formerly Almirante Abreu

Algonquin, Ens. William S. Crownley (as of 4/2/1898); tug; formerly El Toro; later renamed Accomac.

Alicia, see: Hornet

Almirante Abreu, see: Albany

Almy, see: Eagle

Amazonas, see: New Orleans

Annapolis, Cmdr. John J. Hunker (as of 7/20/1897)

Atlanta, out of commission (1895-1900)

Baltimore, Capt. Nehemiah M. Dyer (as of 8/31/1897)

Bancroft, Cmdr. Charles Belknap (as of 8/31/1896); Cmdr. John V.B. Bleecker (as of 7/31/1896); Cmdr. Richardson Clover (as of 4/21/1898)

Bennington, Cmdr. George W. Pigman (as of 7/19/1895); Cmdr. Henry E. Nichols (as of 1/19/1897)

Boston, Capt. Frank Wildes (as of 11/18/1895)

Brooklyn, Capt. Francis A. Cook (as of 12/1/1896); Capt. Theodore F. Jewell (as 3/15/1898)

Buccaneer, Lt. Harold K. Hines (as of 6/13/1898); Lt. Augustus N. a. Mayer (as of 6/23/1898)

Buffalo, Cmdr. J. N. Hamphill (as of 9/22/1898); formerly El Cid, then Nitcheroy; purchased from Brazil

Calumet, Lt. William H. Cushing, Revenue Cutter Service, see:          

Castine, Cmdr. Robert M. Berry (as of 12/8/1896); Cmdr. Samuel W. Very (as of 4/11/1898)

Charleston (out of commission 7/27/1896 to 5/5/1898)

Chicago, out of commission (1895-1898)

Cincinnati, Capt. Mortimer L. Johnson (as of 8/1/1895); Capt. Colby M. Chester (as of 5/31/1897)

Columbia, Capt. James H. Sands (as 9/10/1895)

Columbia, see: Wasp.

Concord, Cmdr. Asa Walker (as of 5/22/1897)

Cushing, Lt. Albert Greaves (as of 4/21/1898); torpedo boat

Cushing, Lt. John C. Fremont (as of 11/20/1895); Lt. Albert a.Gleaves (as of 4/21/1898)

Detroit, Cmdr. George C. Reiter (as of 8/17/1896); Cmdr. James H. Dayton (as of 7/10/1897)

Dolphin, Lt. Cmdr. Richardson Clover (as of 4/30/1896); out of commission 11/23/1897 to 3/24/1898

Du Pont, Lt. Spencer S. Wood (as of 4/21/1898); torpedo boat

Eagle, Lt. Cmdr. William H.H. Southerland (as of 4/4/1898); yacht, formerly Almy

Edward Luckenbach, see: Tecumseh

El Toro, see: Algonquin

Ericsson, Lt. Nathaniel R. Usher (as of 4/22/1898); torpedo boat

Fern, Lt. Cmdr. Andrew J. Iverson (as of 4/22/1891); Lt. Cmdr.  Henry H. Mansfield (as of 1/11/1896); Lt. Cmdr. William S. Cowles (as of 4/5/1897); Lt. Cmdr. Herbert Winslow (as of 4/27/1898); gunboat

Foote, Lt. William L. Rodgers (as of 8/7/1897); torpedo boat

Franklin, screw frigate

Gresham, Revenue Cutter Service, see: Gresham had been in service on the Great Lakes; it was cut in two and sent to the Atlantic Coast for service in the Spanish-American war, but arrived too late.

Guthrie, Lt. J.W. Howison, Revenue Cutter Service, see:

Hamilton, Capt. W.D. Roath (as of 5/1/1898), Revenue Cutter Service, see:

Hawk, Lt. John Hood (as of 5/3/1898); yacht, formerly Hermione

Helena, Cmdr. William T. Swinburne (as of 7/7/1897)

Hermione, see: Hawk

Hornet, Lt. James M. Helm (as of 4/12/1898); yacht, formerly Alicia

Hudson, Lt. Frank H. Newcombe (as of 3/24/1898), Revenue Cutter Service, see:

Indiana, Capt. Robley D. Evans (as of 11/20/1895); Capt. Henry C. Taylor (as of 1/4/1897)

Iowa, Capt. Robley D. Evans (as of 11/20/1895); Capt. William T. Sampson (as of 6/16/1897); Capt. Silas W. Terry (as of 9/24/1898)

Katahdin, Cmdr. Richard P. Leary (as 2/12/1896); out of commission 4/17/1897 to 3/10/1898) Capt. George F.F. Wilde (as of 3/10/1898)

Leyden, screw steamer tug

Machias, Cmdr. Morris R.S. Mackenzie (as of 9/22/1896); Cmdr. John F. Merry (as of 4/30/1897):

Maine, Capt. Arent S. Crowninshield (as of 9/17/1895); Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee (as of 4/10/1897)

Mangrove, Lt. Cmdr. William H. Everett; Lt. Cmdr. Daniel D.V. Stuart (as of 6/7/1898); Light House Service vessel

Manning, Capt. Fred M. Munger (as of 5/7/1898), Revenue Cutter Service, see:

Marblehead, Cmdr. Theodore F. Jewell (as of 3/12/1896); Cmdr. Bowman H. McCalla (as of 9/11/1897)

Marietta, Cmdr. Frederick M. Symonds (as of 10/9/1896)

Massachusetts, Capt. Frederick Roberts (as of 6/10/1896); Capt. Francis J. Higginson (as of 7/22/1897)

Miantonomoh, Capt. Mortimer L. Johnson (as of 3/10/1898); monitor

Minneapolis, Capt. George H. Wadleigh (as of 12/13/1894); Capt. Theodore F. Jewell (as of 5/28/1898)

Mohican, steam sloop of war

Monterey, Capt. Charles E. Clark (as of 9/30/1896); Lt. Cmdr. James W. Carlin (as of 3/22/1898)

Montgomery, Cmdr. Charles W. Davis (as of 6/21/1894); Cmdr. Royal B. Bradford (as of 7/1/1896); Cmdr. George A. Converse (as of 7/23/1897)

Morrill, Capt. H.D. Smith (as of 4/26/1898); Revenue Cutter Service, see:

Nanshan, Capt. E. Stovell (British Maritime Marine Service); Lt. Ben W. Hodges (as of 4/21/1898)

Nashville, Cmdr. Washburn Maynard (as of 8/19/1897)

New Orleans (Amazonas)

New Orleans, Lt. Cmdr. Arthur P. Nazro (as of 3/16/1898); Capt. William Folger (as of 5/21/1898); formerly Amazonas

New York, Capt. Winfield S. Schley (as of 10/5/1895); Capt. French E. Chadwick (as of 12/4/1897)

Newark, Capt. Colby M. Chester (as of 12/1/1896); out of commission 3/6/1897 to 5/23/1898; Capt. Caspar F. Goodrich (as of 8/8/1898)

Newport, Cmdr. Benjamin F. Tilley (as of 10/5/1897)

Nitcheroy, see: Buffalo

Olympia, Capt. John J. Read (as of 2/5/1895); Capt. Charles V. Gridley (as of 7/28/1897)

Oregon, Capt. Henry L. Howison (as of 7/15/1896); Capt. Albert S. Barker (as of 3/20/1897); Capt. C.E. Clark (as of 5/26/1898); Capt. Albert S. Barker (as of 8/6/1898); George F.F. Wilde (as of 3/10/1898)

Osceola, Lt. J.L. Purcell (as of 4/27/1898); tug

P.H. Wise, see: Sioux.

Petrel, Lt. Cmdr. Edward P. Wood (as of 12/16/1896)

Philadelphia, Capt. Charles S. Cotton (as of 8/24/1894); out of commission 12/18/1897 to 7/9/1898

Porter, Lt. Charles Fremont (as of 2/20/1897); torpedo boat

Potomac, Lt. G.P. Blow (as of 4/14/1898); tug

Prairie, Cmdr. C.J. Train (as of 4/8/1898); Cmdr. Morris R.S. Mackenzie (as of 3/24/1898); auxiliary cruiser, formerly El Sol

Princeton, Cmdr. Clifford H. West (as of 5/27/1897)

Puritan, Capt. J.R. Bartlett (as of 12/10/1896); Capt. P.F. Harrington (as of 4/21/1898); Capt. Fred Rogers (as of 6/18/1898); monitor

Saint Paul, Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee (as of 4/20/1898); auxiliary cruiser, formerly a passenger liner

Saint Paul, International Navigation Co.; Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee (as of 4/20/1898)

Samoset, tug

San Francisco, Capt. Edwin M. Shepard (as of 11/21/1894); Capt. Richard P. Leary (as of 9/28/1897)

Sioux, Ens. Walter R. Gherardi (as of 5/1/1898); tug, formerly P.H. Wise, purchased by Navy 3/25/1898,

Solace, Commissioned 4/14/1898; Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Dunlap (as of 4/14/1898)

Somers, Lt. John J. Knapp (as of 3/28/1898); torpedo boat

Tecumseh, Lt. George R. Evans (as of 4/6/1898); tug, formerly Edward Luckenbach

Terror, Capt. P.F. Harrington (4/15/1896); Capt. Nicoll Ludlow (as of 4/21/1898)

Texas, Capt. Henry Glass (as of 7/20/1896); Capt. Charles D. Sigsbee (as of 4/10/1897); Capt. John W. Philip (as of 18 Oct. 1897)

Uncas, Lt. Frederick R. Brainard (as of 4/6/1898); tug, formerly Walter A. Luckenbach

Vesuvius, out of commission 4/25/1895 to 1/12/1897; Lt. Cmdr. John E. Pillsbury (as of 1/12/1897)

Vicksburg, Commissioned 10/23/1897), Comdr. Abraham B.H. Lillie (as of 10/23/1897)

Walter A. Luckenbach, tug, see: Uncas

Wasp, Lt. Aaron Ward (as of 4/11/1898); armed yacht, formerly Columbia.

Wheeling, Commissioned 8/10/1897; Cmdr. Uriel Sebree (as of 8/5/1896)

Wilmington, Commissioned 5/13/1897; Cmdr. Chapman C. Todd (as of 5/10/1897

Windom, Capt. S.E. Maguire (as of 5/5/1898), Revenue Cutter Service, see:

Winslow, Lt. John Bernadou (as of 12/29/1897); torpedo boat

Winthrop, tug

Woodbury, Capt. H.B. Rogers (as of 5/8/1898), Revenue Cutter Service, formerly Mahoning, see:

Yankee, Comdr. Willard H. Brownson (as of 4/6/1898); steam auxiliary cruiser, formerly El Norte

Yosemite, Capt. George E. Ide (as of 12/20/1898); steam auxiliary cruiser, formerly Clearwater, then Ingalls

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