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USS Mohican at Mare Island Navy Yard, November 1894
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(Mohican, tribe of Algonquin native Americans, originally living near the Hudson River)
Type and Characteristics - Single screw, bark-rigged sloop, Galena-class, built by Mare Island Navy Yard, CA, wooden-hulled, laid down 4 September 1872, launched 27 December 1883, commissioned 25 May 1885, 1,900 tons, 216ft long x 37ft beam x 17ft 6in draft, armed with 1-60pdr and 1-8in/8-9in guns (Conways - 1-8in, 1-5.3in RML and 6-9in smoothbore guns), 10kts, 230 crew, first commanded by Cdr Benjamin FDay.
Log Period and Areas of Service - 1883-1921, Pacific Squadron, coasts of Central and South America, South and Central Pacific, Alaskan waters, Philippines.
Summary of Service
27 December 1883 – The second Mohican, also a steam sloop of war, was laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard, Calif., 4 September 1872, funded with the repair money allocated for the first Mohican; launched 27 December 1883; sponsored by Miss Eleanor W. Much; and commissioned 25 May 1885, Comdr. Benjamin F. Day in command.
27 June 1885 – Tour of duty with the Pacific Squadron.
1 August 1888 – At Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs.
July 1889 – Returned to the Pacific Squadron.
9 April 1891 – At Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs.
19 June1891 – Patrolled northern waters to assist the Bering Sea fishing fleet.
29 January 1893 – Sailed to Hawaii, then returned to her Bering Sea patrols.
8 October 1884 – Returned to San Francisco, patrolling the Pacific coast.
16 September 1895 – Was decommissioned at Mare Island.
8 February 1898 – Recommissioned because of imminent danger of war with Spain; she made two voyages to Hawaii.
August 1898 – Assigned duty as a school ship for landsmen at Mare Island, cruising the Pacific.
8 April 1904 – Assigned as station ship at the Naval Station, Olongapo, Subic Bay, Luzon, Philippines.
30 December 1909 – Ordered to additional service as tender for submarine divisions, Asiatic Fleet.
17 March 1913 – Designated receiving ship at Cavite and stationary tender, 1st Submarine Group, Torpedo Flotilla, Asiastic Fleet.
Fate - Decommissioned at Cavite, Philippines in October 1921, sold March 1922.
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