Marshal Deodoro (1898)

Marshal Deodoro in Rio de Janeiro during the visit of the Great White Fleet on its world tour. US Navy photo, in the collection of the US Navy History and Heritage Command.

Laid Down

Marshal Deodoro was a coast defense ship (some sources say armored cruiser), built in France for Brazil. Laid down in 1896, she commissioned in 1900. She was briefly stopped in the Canary Islands on her way to Brazil by a British cruiser, which suspected Deodoro of being a Boer privateer. In 1904, Deodoro participated in the suppression of a mutiny, shelling the Praia Vermelha military school. During January, 1908, Deodoro met the Great White Fleet during its stop at Rio de Jeneiro. In 1910, she was one of the ships that joined the Revolt of the Lash, against poor treatment of sailors by their officers. She was overhauled in 1912, receiving a new power plant and armament. Fleet exercises followed the following year, and she was assigned to neutrality patrol during World War I, functioning as the flagship of the northern region. By 1924, she was surplus to Brazil's need (probably due to budget issues), and was sold to Mexico on 19 April. Renamed AnĂ¡huac, she was never further upgraded, and the Mexicans sold her for scrapping in 1938.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: In 1898, both the US and Spain inspected the progress on Deodoro and her sister Floriano, with an idea to purchase them for the Spanish-American War. No offers were made, due to construction not being sufficiently advanced.