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USS Inca (1898)
USS Inca at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 9 November 1898.
Career (United States)
Name: USS Inca
Namesake: Former names retained
Builder: George Lawley & Son, South Boston, Massachusetts
Launched: 1898
Acquired: 13 June 1898
Commissioned: 15 June 1898
Decommissioned: 27 August 1898
Struck: 1989 (est.)
Fate: turned over to the Massachusetts militia which she served until 1908
General characteristics
Type: Yacht
Displacement: 120 long tons (120 t)
Length: 114 ft (35 m)
Beam: 18 ft (5.5 m)
Draft: 7 ft (2.1 m)
Propulsion: steam engine, screw-driven
Armament: 1 × 11-pounder gun

USS Inca (1898) was a small 120 long tons (120 t) yacht acquired by the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War. She was outfitted with an 11-pounder gun and, for a short while, patrolled Boston Harbor, before being turned over to the Massachusetts militia as a training ship, a role she retained until 1908.

Built in South Boston[]

Inca—a screw steamer—was built in 1898 by George Lawley & Son, South Boston, Massachusetts, and was acquired by the Navy from F. B. McQuesten of Boston, Massachusetts, on 13 June 1898. She commissioned on 15 June, Lieutenant W. E. McKay in command.

Service history[]

Spanish-American War[]

Inca was assigned to Boston harbor during the Spanish-American War, serving as a patrol and training vessel.


She decommissioned on 27 August 1898, and was turned over to the Massachusetts Militia, which she served as a training ship until 1908.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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