- USS Galena (1880)
USS Galena, was a wooden steamer built at the
Norfolk Navy Yardin 1879and commissioned there 26 August 1880, with CommanderJames O'Kane in command. "Galena" was the second ship of the United States Navyto bear that name.
Hampton Roads 19 December1880 and reached Gibraltar 12 January 1881. She cruised between the ports of France, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Greece, along the coast of Africaand to the Canary, Cape Verdeand Madeira Islands. On 7 April 1881she arrived at Chios, in the Aegean Seaand remained until 15 Aprilhelping to relieve the distress caused by a severe earthquake. Her surgeonwent ashore to treat the injured; her crew furnished work parties to help clear the rubble; and her steam launch moved relief supplies. Another mission began 10 June 1882when she reached Alexandria, Egypt, to embark American citizens and personnel of the American Consulate for protection aboard during a rebellion. An Italian ship was chartered as a haven for about 135 refugees until 27 Junewhen Admiral James W. Nicholsonarrived in USS "Lancaster" to relieve "Galena".
"Galena" departed Alexandria
11 July 1882for operations along the eastern seaboard of South Americaout of Rio de Janeiro. From 19 October 1882to 31 January 1883she was the flagship of Rear Admiral Peirce Crosby, commanding American Naval Forces in the South Atlantic. She arrived at New York City 10 September 1883to serve in the North Atlantic along the eastern seaboard and throughout the Caribbean Seato the shores of Aspinwall, Colombia (now Colon, Panama). This included station duty at Key West( 1 May- 16 August 1884) to prevent illegal filibustering expeditions from the United States to Cuba.
1885 - 1889
Another special service began
11 March 1885when she arrived at Aspinwall from New Orleansduring a serious revolution that threatened to interrupt traffic over the Isthmus of Panama. On 30 March 1885after a party of revolutionists had seized the Pacific Mail Linesteamer "Colon", "Galena" regained the steamer and returned her the same day. The next day "Galena"'s landing force went ashore to save a part of the town of Colon which had been set afire by the revolutionists. The landing force saved a part of the town and all the property of the Pacific Mail Company. On 10 AprilAdmiral Jouett arrived in USS "Tennessee" and with a force of 600 sailors and marines, assisted by "Galena", kept the Isthmus open to crossing travelers and enforced treaty obligations until order was restored in May.
"Galena" departed Colon
9 Juneand reached Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 26 June 1885to begin several months cruising along the eastern seaboard. "Galena" returned to Columbian waters 27 November 1885for service in the Caribbean. She visited St. Andrew Island114 miles east of the Nicaraguan coast 14 February 1886to investigate the detention of American steamer "City of Mexico". Finding that United States neutrality laws had been violated by the steamer, "Galena" seized "City of Mexico" and sailed her under a prize crew to Key Westwhere the steamer was turned over to the United States Marshals Service.
"Galena" returned to New York
23 May 1886to join the squadron in battle practice along the New Englandcoast. She then sailed to the Newfoundland fishing banks and back. She departed Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 15 December 1886to cruise among ports of the West Indiesand off Colombiauntil 18 April 1887.
"Galena" returned north in time to participate in ceremonies for the unveiling of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at
New Haven, Connecticut, 14 June. After a cruise that took her to Halifax, Quebec, Montreal, and Habitants Bay, "Galena" arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard 12 September 1887to join other ships of the US Navy in celebrating the centennial of the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. Target practice in Gardner's Bay, New York, was followed by repairs in the Norfolk Navy Yarduntil 9 April 1888. "Galena" then cruised with her squadron along the eastern seaboard and the Gulf Coast visiting New Orleans, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; and Port Royal, South Carolina. From 18 Augustto 15 September 1888she watched over political disturbances at Port-au-Prince, Haiti, then proceeded back to New York.
"Galena" departed New York
12 December 1888as flagship of Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, Commander in Chief, North Atlantic Station, and reached Port-au-Prince 20 December. Here, the American steamer "Haytien Republic", seized by Haitian authorities for alleged violation of the blockade, was surrendered to the force under Admiral Luce.
1889 - 1892
"Galena" arrived in Key West,
19 January 1889. Here, on 16 FebruaryRear Admiral Bancroft Gherardirelieved Admiral Luce as Commander in Chief, North Atlantic Station, and broke his flag in "Galena". She sailed the following day for Haitian waters and then returned to New York 29 May. Admiral Gherardi transferred his flag to USS "Kearsarge" on 15 June.
After repairs at New York, "Galena" arrived at
Cap Haitien 6 September 1889and relieved "Kearsarge" as flagship. At the island of Navassa 6 October, she took on board nine ring-leaders of a riot, then proceeded to Baltimore, Maryland, where they were turned over to the custody of the United States Marshal 25 October. She repaired at the New York Navy Yard, then sailed 3 Decemberto serve once more as Admiral Gherardi's flagship out of Key Westin a series of cruises to waters of Haiti; She was relieved as flagship by USS "Dolphin" while at St. Nicholas Mole 14 February 1890and departed Key West 25 Mayfor calls at Port Royal and Charleston, South Carolinabefore arriving New York Navy Yard 1 July. She decommissioned 23 July 1890and remained there until 12 March 1891when she was towed by tug USS "Nina" toward the Portsmouth Navy Yard, to be fitted with new boilers. The following day, both ships ran aground on a beach about a mile south of Gay Head, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Salvaged under a contract to the
Boston Tow Boat Company, "Galena" arrived at the Portsmouth Navy Yard 6 April 1891. However, it was decided that repairs would be too costly. "Galena" was stricken from the Naval Vessel Registeron 29 February 1892and was sold to E. J. Butler of Arlington, Massachusettson 9 May.
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