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UNITED STATES NAVY (UNITED STATES OF AMERICA)

CRUISERS

ALERT wooden screw sloops (1875-1876)

Huron 1875

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
  Alert   Roach, Chester 9/1873 18/9/1874 28/5/1875 submarine tender 1912
  Huron   Roach, Chester 1873 1874 15/11/1875 wrecked 24/11/1877
PG23 Ranger, 10/1917- Rockport, 2/1918- Nantucket 146 Harlan & Hollingsworth, Wilmington 1873 1876 27/11/1876 auxiliary 7/1921
  

Displacement normal, t

1020

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

53.3 pp

Breadth, m

9.75

Draught, m

3.89 mean

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 HCRCR, 5 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

380

Max speed, kts

10

Fuel, t

coal 130

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 279/15 Dahlgren SB, 2 x 1 - 229/15 Dahlgren SB, 1 x 1 - 135/21 60pdr Parrott RML

Complement

148

Ship project history: Classed as iron gunboats in the USN. Huron and Ranger were originally fore and aft rigged, but after the loss of Huron on the North Carolina coast, Ranger was given a barque-rig as Alert.

Modernizations: 1880, Ranger: - 1 x 1 - 279/15, 2 x 1 - 229/15

1887, Alert: - 1 x 1 - 135/21; + 1 x 1 - 135/21 Parrott converted BL, 4 small guns

Naval service: Alert was converted to a submarine tender in 1911-12, while Ranger was a surveying ship 1880 to 1891 and from 1909 was mostly employed as a training ship for the State of Massachusetts. Ranger was loaned to the State of Massachusetts as TS for Massachusetts Nautical Training School in April 1909. She was twice renamed in 1917 and 1918, designated in 1920 as gunboat but in July 1921 reclassified as unclassified miscellaneous auxiliary and returned to the Massachusetts as a school ship. In November 1940 she was transferred to the Maritime Commission to be used as school ship at Merchant Marine Academy in New York, stricken that month, renamed Emery Rice in 1942 and finally scrapped in 1958.

Ranger 1913

Ivan Gogin, 2014