31 Jul '18, 8pm

Today in Naval History: The Four Ships Named USS Intrepid

On this day in 1874, the USS Intrepid , second ship of her name, was commissioned by the U.S. Navy. The name Intrepid means fearless or adventurous, both things this mighty ship was not. Despite the cutting edge technology and new designs used to create the massive ship, she proved merely experimental. The Intrepid was the Navy’s first ship equipped with self-propelled torpedoes and led the way for future ships of more efficient and useful designs. USS Intrepid 1798 (U.S. Naval Institute) Her predecessor, the USS Intrepid (1798) has a peculiar and distinguished history. Captured from the Tripolitan Navy several months after the USS Philadelphia ran aground, the first Intrepid was converted to a U.S. Navy ship and added to the fleet. Once Commodore Edward Preble learned where the Philadelphia was hidden, he ordered Lieutenant Stephen Decatur to burn the former U.S. Navy shi...

Full article: https://www.navalhistory.org/2018/07/31/today-in-naval-hi...

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