(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 Dewey’s 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.

Links: DANFS, NHHC Photographic Site

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Hong Kong, 15 April 1898. Crewmen aloft watching rowing launch race

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Battle of Manila Bay, 1 May 1898 (Courtesy Mr L Y Spear, Electric Boat Company, 1948)

A general note on the sources.