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USS DAVIS (Torpedo Boat # 12, TB-12)

CLASS - Davis As Built.
Displacement 155 Tons.
Dimensions 148' (oa) x 15' 4" x 5' 10".
Armament 3 x 1 pdr., 3 x 18" tt.
Speed 23 Knots, Crew 24.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Wolff and Zwicker, Portland, OR.
Launched 4 June 1898.
Commissioned 10 May 1899.
Decommissioned 28 March 1913.
Stricken Nov 12 1913.
Fate sold for scrap 21 April 1920.

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Davis 61kCharles Henry Davis, born 16 January 1807 in Boston, Mass., was appointed Midshipman 12 August 1823 and made many valuable scientific contributions to the Navy before the Civil War during which he served with distinction. As Flag Officer of the Mississippi Flotilla he directed the capture and destruction of seven Confederate gunboats and rams near Memphis, Tenn., and received the surrender of the city 6 June 1862; joined Farragut's fleet for operations against Vicksburg; and cooperated with the Army expedition up the Yazoo River from 16 to 27 August 1862. From 1862 to 1865 Admiral Davis served as Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, then served as Superintendent of the Naval Observatory; Commander in Chief, South Atlantic Squadron; Commandant of Norfolk Navy Yard; and member of the Lighthouse Board. Admiral Davis died in Washington, D.C., 18 February 1877. TB-12, DD-65, and DD-395 were named to honor him.NHC
Davis 101kUndated, at Mare Island Navy Yard. Photo from "U.S. Warships of World War One" by P. H. Silverstone and also NHC photo 61573.Robert Hurst/Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Davis 112kUndated, USS Iris (1898-1917) in San Diego harbour, California while serving as a torpedo vessel tender for the Pacific Fleet. USS Davis (TB-12) and USS Fox (TB-13) are alongside. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson (Photo # 52568).Robert Hurst
Davis 72kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Davis 104kUSS Ranger (1876-1940) drying sails, while moored off Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in December 1899. Torpedo boats in right distance are USS Davis (TB-12) and USS Fox (TB-13) (Photo # NH 59946).Robert Hurst
Davis 245kUSS Davis (TB 12), USS Fox (TB 13), and USS Farragut (TB 11) in dry dock #1 at Mare Island between 8 and 12 Feb. 1901.Darryl Baker
Davis 252kUSS Fox (TB 13) and USS Davis (TB 12) are seen forward of USS Marblehead in Mare Island's dry dock #1 in July 1901,Darryl Baker/Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Davis 192kThe Gunboat Albratross, USS Davis (TB-12) and USS Fox (TB-13) in dry dock No. 1 at Mare Island. The three ships were in dock together from Feb 10 to Feb. 18, 1902.Darryl Baker
Davis 97kPhoto #: NH 100039-KN. "Torpedo Fleet, San Diego, California" photograph taken during the early 1900s, published on a color-tinted postcard at about that time by Edward H. Mitchell of San Francisco, California. Present are (from left to right); USS Davis (Torpedo Boat # 12); USS Rowan (Torpedo Boat # 8); USS Goldsborough (Torpedo Boat # 20); and USS Farragut (Torpedo Boat # 11). Courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC
Davis 2009kUSS Davis (TB-12) in Mare Island's Drydock #1 in April 1905. Presented in high definition.Darryl Baker
Davis 162kUSS Davis (TB 12) arriving at Mare Island in May 1908. Civilian could be Secretary of Navy.Darryl Baker
Davis 235kUSS Davis (TB-12) and USS Fox (TB-13) along with two unknown destroyers at the Portland, Oregon Rose Festival of June 1908 moored in Williamette River, downtown Portland.Jerry Gilmartin
Davis 65kPhoto #: NH 93722. U.S. Pacific Fleet Torpedo Craft at a West Coast Port, circa the early 1910s. Ships present are (from front): USS Davis (Torpedo Boat # 12) and USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) ... either could be in the foreground, with her sister immediately behind; USS Farragut (Torpedo Boat # 11); and either Paul Jones (Destroyer # 10), Perry (Destroyer # 11) or Preble (Destroyer # 12). Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Davis 68kUSS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) and USS Davis (Torpedo Boat # 12) off Tatoosh Island, Washington, on 24 May 1912. They were parting company with USS Nero which had towed them from San Francisco, California, to the vicinity of the Puget Sound, Washington, Navy Yard, where they were to join the Pacific Reserve Fleet. Nero was on the first leg of the 1912 Alaskan Radio Expedition. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation (US Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 105443).Robert Hurst

USS Davis TB-12 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Reginald Fairfax Nicholson    May 10 1899 - ?
ENS John William Lewis    Oct 12 1908 - ?

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