USS Huron (1875)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Huron.
Alert class gunboat
An Alert class gunboat, possibly Huron, under construction at the shipyard of John Roach & Sons, c. 1874-75.
Career (US)
Name: USS Huron
Namesake: Lake Huron
Builder: John Roach & Sons
Laid down: 1873
Launched: 1875
Commissioned: 15 November 1875
Fate: Wrecked 24 November 1877
Notes: 98 of crew lost;34 saved
General characteristics
Class and type: Gunboat
Displacement: 1,020 long tons (1,040 t)
Length: 175 ft (53 m)
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Depth of hold: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Armament: 1 × 11 in (280 mm) Dahlgren gun, 2 × 9 in (230 mm) Dahlgren guns, 1 × 60 pdr (27 kg) Parrott rifle, 1 × 12 pdr (5.4 kg) howitzer, 1 × Gatling gun
Nearest city Nags Head, North Carolina
Area 1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Built 1877
Architectural style Other, Alert-class Sloop of War
Governing body Federal
NRHP Reference # 91001625[1]
Added to NRHP 15 November 1991

USS Huron was an iron sloop-rigged screw steam gunboat built by John Roach & Sons in Chester, Pennsylvania from 1873–75 and commissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 15 November 1875, Commander George P. Ryan in command.

Service history[edit]

Huron arrived on 11 December 1875 for duty at the Norfolk Navy Yard, and spent the next two years cruising in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. She stopped at Veracruz and Key West on her first cruise, returning to Port Royal on 4 August 1876 and visited many Caribbean and Venezuelan ports from March–June 1877.


After repairs at New York Navy Yard in August, the ship sailed to Hampton Roads, and departed on 23 November 1877 for a scientific cruise on the coast of Cuba. Soon after her departure, Huron ran aground[2] off Nags Head, North Carolina in heavy weather, and was wrecked shortly after 1 a.m. next morning. For a time, her crew worked in relatively little danger, attempting to free their ship, but she soon heeled over, carrying 98 officers and men to their deaths.


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