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USS FOX (Torpedo Boat # 13, TB-13)

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 July 1898.
Commissioned 8 July 1899.
Decommissioned 1916.
Fate sold 27 October 1916.

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Fox 21kGustavus Vasa Fox, born 13 June 1821 at Saugus, Mass., was appointed midshipman 12 January 1838. During the Mexican War, he served in the brig Washington in the squadron of Commodore Perry and took active part in the second expedition against Tobasco, 14-16 January 1847, which resulted in the capture of that town. He was in command of several mail steamers and after his resignation 30 July 1856, engaged in the manufacture of woolen materials. At the start of the Civil War he volunteered for service. He was given a temporary appointment in the Navy and was sent in the steamer Baltic to the relief of Major Robert Anderson and the remnant of his command in Fort Sumter, and brought them away. On 1 August 1861, President Lincoln appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy, an office which he held until the close of the Civil War. In 1866, he was sent on a special mission to Russia and conveyed the congratulations of the President of the United States to the Czar upon his escape from assassination. His voyage was made in the monitor Miantonomah which was the first vessel of this class to cross the Atlantic. He died 29 October 1883 at Lowell, Mass. Torpedo Boat No. 13 and DD-234 were named for Gustavus Fox.NHC
Fox 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
Fox 157kPhoto #: 19-N-14-26-1. USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) under construction at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, 30 June 1897. This view shows the vessel's stern, from off the port quarter, with hull plating bolted in place in preparation for riveting.Paul Rebold
Fox 168kPhoto #: 19-N-14-26-2. USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) under construction at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, 30 June 1897. This view was taken from off the vessel's starboard quarter, with hull plating bolted in place in preparation for riveting. The bow of USS Davis (Torpedo Boat # 12) is visible at left.Paul Rebold
Fox 157kPhoto #: 19-N-14-26-3. USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) under construction at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, 1897. This view was taken from off the vessel's port bow, showing frames in place. Temporary stringers are in use to keep frames aligned until plating is installed. Note the light weight of these frames, and bolts employed to hold plating in place prior to riveting.Paul Rebold
Fox 32kA starboard side line drawing by A.D. Baker III of USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) as she appeared in 1898. Image scanned from U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.Robert Hurst
Fox 141kPhoto #: 19-N-14-26-4. USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) in the building shed at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, Oregon, probably shortly before she was launched on 4 July 1898. This view was taken from off the boat's bow. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Paul Rebold
Fox 117kUSS Fox (TB-13) in the building shed at the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland. Oregon, probably shortly before she was launched on 4 July 1898 (Photo # NH 98426).Robert Hurst
Fox 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
Fox 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
Fox 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.
Fox 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 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
Fox 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
Fox 72kPhoto #: NH 98427. USS Fox (Torpedo Boat # 13) in a West Coast harbor, circa the early 1910s. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C.; donation of BMC E.B. Smith, USNR, 1961. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Fox 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 Fox TB-13 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Reginald Fairfax Nicholson    Jul 8 1899 - ?
ENS Harvey William McCormack    Oct 10 1906 - ?

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