On the same day as the cable cutting mission at Cienfuegos in the south of Cuba, along the Northern coastline a group of American warships entered the harbor at Cardenas.  The US Torpedo Boat Winslow was sent to the docks in a reconnaissance of the harbor, when it was taken under fire by the shore batteries.  In a desperate withdrawal, the Winslow's steam and hand steering gear was shot away.  Chief Machinist Hans Johnsen noted the rapidly escaping steam and, despite the very real danger of a horrible death from its intense heat, struggled to shut off and contain the escaping steam.

On deck, the 25 men of the Winslow did their best to return fire and also control their now floundering torpedo boat.  Chief Gunner's Mate George Brady alternated between keeping his guns firing and risking his life to attempt to repair the steering gear.  Below deck, Chief Machinist Thomas Cooney braved the menace wrought by enemy fire to extinguish the fires near the boiler to keep the tubes from burning out.

  U.S. Torpedo Boat Winslow 

George F. Brady
Chief Gunner's Mate, U.S. Navy

Born:   September 07, 1867 at Ireland
Entered Service:    New York, NY
Date/Place of Action:  May 11, 1898 - Cardenas, Cuba
Unit:  US Torpedo Boat Winslow
  Presented on September 03, 1898 - G.O. 497
Date of Death:  Unknown
Buried at:  Unknown

Thomas C. Cooney 
Chief Machinist, U.S. Navy

Born:  July 18, 1853 at Westport, Nova Scotia, Canada
Entered Service:    New Jersey
Date/Place of Action:  May 11, 1898 - Cardenas, Cuba
Unit:  US Torpedo Boat Winslow
Presentation:  Presented on September 03, 1898 - G.O. 497
Date of Death:   January 08, 1907
Buried at:   US Naval Academy Cemetery - Annapolis, MD

Hans Johnsen
Chief Machinist, U.S. Navy

Born:   January 03, 1865 at Sandnes, Norway
Entered Service:   Pennsylvania
Date/Place of Action:  May 11, 1898 - Cardenas, Cuba
Unit:   US Torpedo Boat Winslow
Presentation:  Presented on September 03, 1898 - G.O. 497
Date of Death:  June 17, 1920
Buried at:   Bayview Cemetery - Jersey City, NJ

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