Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia, 1892-1894: Finding Aid
Published in May 2020
- Publisher: United States Naval Academy. Special Collections & Archives.
- Publisher Address:
589 McNair Road
Annapolis, Maryland 21402-5029, USA
- Call number: MS 112
- Location: Special Collections & Archives Department - Manuscripts
- Title: Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia
- Dates: 1892-1894
- Size: 0.13 linear feet
- Container Summary: 1 volume of 36 leaves
- Creator: Philadelphia (Cruiser : C-4)
- Language(s) of material: English
- Abstract: U.S.S. Philadelphia was a United States Navy protected cruiser. The Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia spans between 1892 and 1894. The bill were compiled while Philadelphia was under the command of Albert S. Barker and attached to the North Atlantic Squadron and the Naval Review Fleet.
History of U.S.S. Philadelphia (Cruiser: C-4)
The fourth U.S.S. Philadelphia (Cruiser: C-4), was laid down March 22, 1888 by William Cramp & Sons of Philadelphia; launched September 7, 1889; and commissioned on July 28, 1890, Captain B. F. Bradford in command. While fitting out, she was designated on August 18 as flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron. The squadron departed New York on January 11, 1891 to cruise the West Indies until May, then to northern waters as far as Halifax. Early the following year, she called at Montevideo, after which she resumed cruising in the West Indies.
Philadelphia continued operations along the eastern seaboard and in the West Indies until March 1, 1893. She then proceeded to Hampton Roads where she was assigned to the Naval Review Fleet as flagship of Rear Admiral Bancroft Gherardi, who was charged with conducting the International Rendezvous and Review. The fleet steamed to New York on April 24, where it joined additional foreign ships, to be reviewed by President Cleveland on April 27. The fleet disbanded May 31, and Philadelphia departed New York on June 30, bound for the Pacific Station via Rio de Janeiro and Callao.
Philadelphia arrived in San Francisco in August 22, 1893. As the flagship of the Pacific Station, she cruised with the squadron, engaging in drills and visiting various ports on the west coast of the United States, Mexico, and South America, and in the Hawaiian Islands. She arrived at the Mare Island Navy Yard on October 14, 1897 and decommissioned on December 18.
Recommissioned to resume her role as flagship of the Pacific Station, Philadelphia steamed from San Francisco on July 2 to participate in the ceremonies attending the annexation of Hawaii. She arrived at Honolulu on August 3, where her officers, and those of U.S.S. Mohican (Screw sloop-of-war), represented the U.S. Navy at the ceremonies transferring the Hawaiian Islands to the United States on August 12.
In March 1899, Philadelphia steamed to the Samoan Islands for duty in connection with Second Samoan Civil War. Alongside British forces, a landing party of her men took part in the Second Battle of Vailele on April 1, suffering a defeat at the hands of the forces of Chief Mata'afa Iosefo. She remained in the Samoan Islands until May 21, 1899, when she departed for the west coast. Philadelphia continued to serve as flagship of the Pacific Station until February 6, 1900, but continued Pacific operations until 1902, conducting training cruises, drills, target practice, and port visits.
Returning from a six-month cruise off the Panamanian coast, Philadelphia arrived at San Francisco on July 17, 1902 and was ordered to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, where she decommissioned on September 22, 1902. She was then housed over and became a receiving ship at Puget Sound Navy Yard on May 12, 1904. She served the remainder of her career alternately as a receiving ship and a prison ship, until struck from the Navy List on November 24, 1926. Philadelphia was sold at public auction at the Puget Sound Navy Yard in 1927 to Louis Rotherberg.
Description of Contents
The Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia, comprising 0.13 linear feet of documentation in a single volume of 36 leaves, spans between 1892 and 1894. The bill were compiled while Philadelphia was under the command of Albert S. Barker and attached to the North Atlantic Squadron and the Naval Review Fleet.
The volume consists primarily of watch, quarter, fire, boat, battalion, and station bills for the U.S.S. Philadelphia. At the front of the volume is a general description of the Philadelphia, as well as a list of her officers. The volume alternates between hand written and type written text.
The Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia comprises a single volume.
Access and Use
Patron use restricted to microfilm.
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Acquisition and Appraisal
Provenance and Acquisition
Accession No. 118850.
Location of Copies or Alternate Formats
This collection also available on microfilm.
Related Archival Material
Additional material pertaining to Philadelphia in this repository can be found in the B. Fred Sundstrom Scrapbook, 1898-1899, MS 188.
Official logbooks of U.S.S. Philadelphia may be available in Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships, ca. 1801 - 1940, Record Group 24: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798-2007 at the National Archives and Records Administration.
Materials Cataloged Separately
No materials have been removed from this collection and cataloged separately.
Processing and Other Information
Watch-, Quarter-, and Station-Bill of the U.S.S. Philadelphia, MS 112
Special Collections & Archives Department
United States Naval Academy
The following sources were consulted during preparation of the biographical note:
"Philadelphia IV (C-4)." Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Washington: Naval History and Heritage Command, 2015, https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/p/philadelphia-iv.html.
This collection was processed by Mary R. Catalfamo. Finding aid written by David D'Onofrio in May 2020.
Name and Subject Terms
- Philadelphia (Cruiser : C-4)
- United States. Navy -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
- Ships' logs