USS Badger (1889)

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USS Badger in 1898
USS Badger in 1898
Name: USS Badger
Builder: John Roach & Sons, Chester, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 1889
Launched: 1889
Acquired: by purchase, 19 April 1898
Commissioned: 25 April 1898
Decommissioned: 31 October 1899
Fate: Transferred to War Department, 7 April 1900
General characteristics
Type: Auxiliary cruiser
Displacement: 4,784 long tons (4,861 t)
Length: 329 ft 6 in (100.43 m)
Beam: 48 ft 3 in (14.71 m)
Draft: 18 ft 5 in (5.61 m)
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Complement: 235 officers and men
Armament: 6 × 5 in (130 mm) guns

USS Badger was an auxiliary cruiser of the United States Navy, the first U.S. Navy ship named after the burrowing mammal.

She was built in 1889 by John Roach & Sons, Chester, Pennsylvania, as merchant ship Yumuri, purchased for use in the Spanish–American War on 19 April 1898 and converted to an auxiliary cruiser at New York Navy Yard, then commissioned on 25 April 1898, Commander A. S. Snow in command; and joined the North Patrol Squadron.

Service history[edit]

From 1 July to 18 August 1898, Badger served on the blockade of Cuba. On 26 July 1898, off the Dry Tortugas, she seized a Spanish tug with two vessels in tow, each with a quarantine flag hoisted. They were given medical assistance, provisioned, and kept in port until 3 August when a prize crew was put aboard the tug to sail her to New York. The other two vessels with 399 prisoners of war were sent to Havana.

Badger left Guantanamo Bay on 18 August 1898 with a contingent of Army troops, landing them at Montauk Point, New York, 24 August. Badger remained on the east coast until 26 December 1898 when she sailed to the Pacific, arriving at San Francisco 15 April 1899. From there she carried the Joint High Commission to Samoa (26 April – 13 May 1899) and then cruised in Samoan waters. Following her return to Mare Island Navy Yard on 14 August 1899, she cruised along the Pacific coast until 6 October 1899 with the Oregon and California Naval Militia. Decommissioned on 31 October 1899, Badger was transferred to the War Department on 7 April 1900, where she was renamed Lawton and used as an army transport.


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