Patrol Ships

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United States Navy patrol ships and patrol gunboats from HMS Dolphin patrol gunboat and the Eagle boat patrol ship to the Temptress class river gunboat. These patrol boat classes include Yorktown patrol boats, Petrel patrol gunboats, USS Bancroft, Nachias, Wilmington, Annapolis, Wheeling, USS Topeka, USS Isla De Luzon, the Eagle boat patrol vessel and patrol ships of World War Two. 

Three photographs of Eagle boats sent in by George Needham

The Eagle patrol vessels PE1 to PE60. Twelve of these vessels were intended to be transferred to Italy but were all eventually used by the US Navy and in 1919 PE16, PE20, PE21, PE22, PE30 were transferred to the coastguard.  PE1 was commissioned on the 28th October 1918.  These ships were built on the Great Lakes or on the inland rivers and the contract was given to Henry Ford who built a factory at Highland Park, Detroit.  Initially 112 ships were ordered, but only 60 were built.  Displacement 500 tons, Speed 18.3 knots. Range 3500 nautical miles at 10 knots.  Complement 61. Armament 2 x 4in guns, 1 x 3in gun and 1 Y gun

Eagle PE5 trapped in ice in Quebec

Launch of patrol vessel Eagle PE60

David S Graham Sr from Eagle PE60.  Sent in by 'Joan'

David S Graham Sr from Eagle PE60.  Sent in by 'Joan'

USS Wilmington a patrol gunboat launched on 19th October 1895. She survived until being sold in 1946.

Eagle PE60.  Sent in by 'Joan'   See message board below

Ex- Spanish gunboat Elcano.

Taken over in the Philippine Islands as a result of the Spanish American War.  Launched 1885.  Commissioned into American Navy 20th November 1902.  Used as target in 1928.

Contributed by Rafael Galvan Diaz.

Launch of patrol vessel Eagle PE60

USS Topeka patrol gunboat.  Launched in 1881 and became a prison ship in 1907

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USS Yorktown patrol gunboat.  Sent in by George Needham

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Submarine Chaser PC451.  Built by Defoe, Bay City.  Was one of two under the 1938 experimental program, PC451 was diesel powered and was built to replace the ageing Eagle boats of World War One.  Speed : 19 kts.  Range 4800, Complement 59, Armament one 3in gun, two mousetrap, two depth charge projectors and two depth charge racks.

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USS Bancroft patrol gunboat.  Launched April 1892 and joined the Revenue Cutter Service in 1906

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USS Castine of the Machias Class patrol gunboat class.  Launched May 1892 and sold in 1921

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USS Wheeling patrol gunboat.  Launched March 1897 and sold 1946.

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USS Eagle, an armed yacht launched in 1890.  It was commissioned in 1898 and later sold in 1920.

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The flagship of  Gunboat Flotilla, Yangtse River, China. 

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