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USS Panther, a 4260-ton auxiliary cruiser, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1889 for commercial use. Purchased by the Navy in April 1898, she was quickly converted for Spanish-American War service. During that conflict, she served off Cuba and the U.S. Atlantic coast as a cruiser and as a transport. Decommissioned in 1899 and recommissioned in 1902, she then spent a year training naval militia and carrying Marines to Central America.
Panther returned to active service in 1907 as a repair ship and was tender to U.S. destroyers in European waters during World War I. She was designated AD-6 in 1920 and moved to the Asiatic Station the following year. Decommissioned for the last time in May 1922, Panther was sold in March 1923.
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Photo #: NH 44471
USS Panther (1898-1922)
Probably photographed during the Spanish-American War, 1898. Ship beyond her bow is either USS Helena or USS Wilmington.
Donated by Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC).
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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9 October 1998