USS Intrepid (1904)

An Educational Venue

 for former U.S.S. Intrepid (CV, CVA, CVS-11) Crewmembers

Chapter VI

– U.S.S. Intrepid (1904) –

The third USS Intrepid was a *barque in the United States Navy.


Her keel was laid down by the Mare Island Navy Yard. She was launched on 8 October 1904 sponsored by Miss Helen de Young and commissioned on 16 August 1907 with Commander Edward E. Capehart in command.

The steel bark was assigned to the Yerba Buena Training Station, San Francisco, CA, for duty until 28 February 1912 when she became the **receiving ship at the same station.

The latter assignment lasted until 25 January 1914 when Intrepid became receiving ship at Mare Island Navy Yard, where she decommissioned 15 October.

Intrepid commissioned in ordinary at Mare Island Navy Yard on 11 November 1915 for use as a barracks for the men of submarines F-1, F-2, F-3 and F-4 of the Pacific Fleet.. In 1920 she again became receiving ship at Mare Island Navy Yard. Intrepid was decommissioned on 30 August 1921 and was sold on 20 December.

* ‘barque’ – a sailing ship of three or more masts having the foremasts rigged square and the aftermast rigged fore-and-aft

**receiving ship’ is a ship that is used in harbor to house newly recruited sailors before they are assigned to a crew.

In the Royal Navy, the use of ***impressment to collect sailors resulted in the problem of preventing escape of the unwilling “recruits.” The receiving ship was part of the solution; it was difficult to get off the ship without being detected, and in any case most sailors before the mid-19th century did not know how to swim.

Receiving ships were typically older vessels that could still be kept afloat, but were obsolete or no longer seaworthy. The practice was especially common in the age of wooden ships, since the old hulls would remain afloat for many years in relatively still waters after they had become too weak to withstand the rigors of the open ocean.

Receiving ships often served as floating hospitals as many were assigned in locations without shore-based station hospitals. Often the afloat surgeon would take up station on the receiving ship

***Impressment’ :…taking men into a navy by Force and without notice.                                            






This Educational Venue is for former Intrepid Crewmembers

who served …’with pride and dedication’

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