The USS Trenton and USS Enterprise at Sea

The Voyage of the USS Juniata (1883-1885)

The USS Trenton and USS Enterprise at Sea

An entry in the deck log of the USS Trenton for July 14, 1884 states they were “steaming through Inland Sea following Juniata with Enterprise astern.” The “Inland Sea” refers to the waters between Honshu and the island of Shikoku, Japan.  On August 3, 1884 the Trenton ran aground on a flat in the Inland Sea. In a letter to the Secretary of the Navy, Captain Robert L. Phythian, Captain of the Trenton, recounts being “towed off by Juniata assisted by our own engines and an anchor which had been planted astern.” He further praised “the skill exhibited by Commander Harrington” of the Juniata. Phythian would later serve as the 14th Superintendent of the Naval Academy, 1894-1898.