USS MacKenzie (TB-17)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS MacKenzie.
USS MacKenzie (TB-17).jpg
USS MacKenzie (TB-17) underway, c. 1901
Career (U.S.)
Namesake: Lt. Commander Alexander S. MacKenzie
Ordered: 10 June 1896 (authorised)
Builder: Hillman & Sons, Philadelphia
Laid down: 15 April 1897
Launched: 19 February 1898
Commissioned: 1 May 1899
Decommissioned: 10 March 1916
Struck: 10 March 1916
Fate: target ship
General characteristics
Class and type: MacKenzie (TB-17)
Displacement: 65 tons
Length: 101 ft 6 in (30.94 m)
Beam: 12 ft 9 in (3.89 m)
Draft: 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)
Propulsion: 2 Thornycroft boilers, 1-shaft vertical triple expansion engines, 850 ihp (626 kW)
Speed: 20 kn
Complement: 12 officers and enlisted
Armament: 1 × 1-pounder gun
2 × 18 in (457 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS MacKenzie (Torpedo Boat No. 17/TB-17), was laid down by Charles Hillman Ship & Engine Building Company, Philadelphia, 15 April 1897; launched 19 February 1898; sponsored by Master Charles Hillman; and commissioned 1 May 1899, Lt. L. H. Chandler in command.

Departing League Island 28 May 1899, MacKenzie sailed north to Newport. Arriving on the 31st, she decommissioned and joined other torpedo boats, such as DuPont and Winslow, in occasional employment in experimental and training duties. Recommissioned 7 November 1902, she steamed to Norfolk where she joined the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla on the 14th. Serving with that flotilla for the greater part of the next 10 years, she was occasionally used as a training ship at the US Naval Academy, and in 1908 operated off the southeastern seaboard.

She decommissioned at Charleston, South Carolina, 15 April 1912, and departed the next day for Florida. She arrived at Key West 19 April and on 7 May was turned over to the Florida Naval Militia, in which she served until returned to the Navy in November 1914. She cruised off southern Florida for the next year, cruising to Havana in October 1915. In 1916, the torpedo boat was designated as a target ship and 10 March 1916 her name was struck from the Navy list.

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