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General description, specifications and time line
Painted by Francis Muller
(Courtesy, Navy Art Collection, Washington DC.
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(Petrel, small seabird)
Type and Characteristics - Patrol gunboat, 4th rate, Gunboat No.2, later PG-2, built by Columbia Iron Works and Dry Dock Co, Baltimore, MD, laid down 27 August 1887, launched 13 October 1888, commissioned 10 December 1889, 867 tons, 188ft long x 31ft beam x 11ft 6in draft, 11kts, armed with 4-4in/2-3pdr (Conway's - 4in replaced the original 6in), 138 crew, first commanded by Lt Cdr W. H. Bronson.
Log Period and Areas of Service - 1889-1920, North Atlantic Squadron, Asiatic Squadron, Alaskan waters, 1898 Battle of Manila, Philippines, European waters, Caribbean and West Indies.
Summary of Service
10 December 1889 Tour of duty on the North Atlantic Station.
September 1891 Tour of duty on the Asiatic Station.
May 1894 Reported to the Bering Sea patrol.
August1894 Returned to the Asiatic Station.
April 1898 Joined Deweys fleet in the campaign against Manila.
1899 Decommissioned at Cavite after the war.
9 May 1910 Re-commissioned, visited European waters.
1911 Returned to the Atlantic coast.
1912 Sent to Mexican and West Indian waters.
1916 Became station ship at Guantanamo, Cuba.
1917 Served with the American Patrol Detachment at Boston.
Fate - Decommissioned at New Orleans July 1919, struck from Naval Register April 1920, sold to New York company November 1920.
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