USS Mohican (1883)

The second USS Mohican was a steam sloop of war in the United States Navy
United States Navy
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. She was named for the Mohican tribe
-Native Americans:* Mahican , a Native American tribe who lived in and around the Hudson Valley* Mohegan, a functional confederation of several branches of Native Americans during the 16th century and the beginning of the 17th century...



Mohican was laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard, California
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, 4 September 1872, funded with the repair money allocated for the first ; launched 27 December 1883; sponsored by Miss Eleanor W. Much; and commissioned 25 May 1885, Commander Benjamin F. Day in command.

First Cruise

Assigned to the Pacific Squadron
Pacific Squadron
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, Mohican departed San Francisco, California
San Francisco, California
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 27 June 1885 to patrol the coast of Mexico
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 and South America
South America
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. Steaming as far south as Callao
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, Peru
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, the sloop of war spent the winter at that port and then departed 6 March 1886 for the South Pacific
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. For the remainder of the year, the warship cruised in tropical waters, visiting the Marquesas, Tahiti
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, and the Tuamotu Archipelago, and patrolling Samoa
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n waters to protect American interests from German
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 political interference. In July she paid an official call in Auckland
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, New Zealand
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. She surveyed Easter Island
Easter Island
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 in December for the Smithsonian Institution
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, and then sailed on the 31st for South America, arriving Valparaiso
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, Chile
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, 14 January 1887.

Mohican operated off the South American coast until sailing from Callao for Honolulu 10 September, and then following protocol activities and patrol in the islands through January 1888 cruised in the South Pacific until returning to Mare Island via Honolulu 1 August. The warship underwent an 11-month overhaul and then returned to Polynesia
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n waters to patrol, in addition visiting Sydney
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, Australia
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, and Auckland
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. After a year-and-a-half cruise, she returned to San Francisco 9 April 1891.

Second Cruise

Two months later, 19 June, Mohican stood out to assist the short lived Bering Sea Squadron
Bering Sea Squadron
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 in anti-poaching operations
Bering Sea Anti-Poaching Operations
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 by protecting the sealing plants and fisheries from trouble. Mohican remained in northern waters until 19 October 1892. The sloop departed for another cruise to Hawaii 29 January 1893 and then sailed in June for Alaska to continue her Bering Sea patrols. Mohican ended her 22-month cruise at San Francisco 8 October 1884. The ship remained on the Pacific coast, visiting ports in the Northwest and patrolling until decommissioning at Mare Island 16 September 1895.

Third Cruise

Mohican recommissioned 8 February 1898 because of imminent danger of war
Spanish-American War
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 with Spain
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. She then made two voyages to Hawaii to protect American interests, March to May and June to September. Following the end of the Spanish-American War she was assigned duty as a school ship for landsmen at Mare Island. The venerable sloop cruised the Pacific coast into 1902 and then in January 1903 sailed across the Pacific, steaming via Honolulu, Christmas Island
Christmas Island
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, Samoa, and Guam
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 to Yokohama
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, Japan
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, on a goodwill visit. She returned to Mare Island in August following stops at Honolulu and Dutch Harbor, Unalaska
Unalaska, Alaska
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, and then resumed cruising the Californian and Mexican coasts. On 8 April 1904, the ship was assigned as station ship at the Naval Station, Olongapo, Subic Bay
Subic Bay
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, Luzon
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, Philippines
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, and 1 month later sailed via Honolulu, Guam, and Cavite
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 for her new station, arriving 4 February 1905.

As tender

Mohican served as station ship into 1910, being ordered to additional service as tender for submarine divisions, Asiatic Fleet, 30 December 1909. The veteran warship steamed to Cavite 30 March 1910 for duty as submarine tender
Submarine tender
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 there and three years later 17 March 1913 was designated receiving ship at Cavite and stationary tender, 1st Submarine Group, Torpedo Flotilla, Asiatic Fleet. Though relieved of this duty by monitor
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27 June 1914, she continued her tending duties through the end of 1915.


Mohican decommissioned at Cavite 21 October 1921 and was sold 4 March 1922 to A. E. Haley of Manila.
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