USS Stranger

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United States
Name: USS Stranger
Builder: William Cramp & Sons
Laid down: 1880[1]
Acquired: 1898
Commissioned: June 30, 1898
Struck: October 23, 1915
Fate: Sunk in a hurricane
General characteristics
Class and type: Yacht
Displacement: 369 long tons (375 t)
Length: 164 ft 7 in (50.17 m)
Beam: 23 ft 7 in (7.19 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Propulsion: Single screw
Speed: 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Complement: 10 officers, 63 crew[2]
Notes: Loaned to Louisiana State Militia in November 1898.

The USS Stranger was a yacht built in 1880 by William Cramp & Sons and acquired in 1898 by the US Navy for use in the Spanish American War.[4] It was commissioned on June 30, 1898 and saw service in the West Indian Blocking Squadron off of Havana, Cuba.[4]

Placed out of commission from September 24 to December 6, 1898 at the Norfolk Naval Yard, she was overhauled and refitted for service with the Louisiana Naval Militia for use in training.[4][5] She was officially turned over to the Militia on November 16, 1898.[4][1]

The ship served with the militia until the middle of October 1915, when she was sunk during a hurricane in New Orleans.[4][6][7]



This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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