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USS TALBOT (Torpedo Boat # 15, TB-15)
later renamed Berceau and then redesignated YFB-3

CLASS - Talbot As Built.
Displacement 46.5 Tons.
Dimensions 99' 6" (oa) x 12' 6" x 3' 3".
Armament 1 x 1 pdr. R.F., 2 x 18" tt.
Speed 21.5 Knots, Crew 16.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Herreshoff. Manufacturing Co. Bristol, R.I.
Laid down 8 April 1897.
Launched 14 November 1897.
Commissioned 4 April 1898.
Inactivated but retained "in service" 1 May 1912 as a ferry.
Renamed Berceau on 11 April 1918.
Redesignated YFB-3 on 17 July 1920.
Placed "out of service" on 18 June 1940.
Stricken 18 July 1944.
Fate sold for scrap.

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Talbot 84kJohn Gunnell Talbot born on 16 August 1844 at Danbury, Ky. was appointed a midshipman in 1862 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 12 June 1866. Commissioned ensign on 12 March 1868, Talbot attained the rank of master on 26 March 1869 and of lieutenant on 21 March 1870. He was serving as executive officer of Saginaw when that steamer grounded on a reef off Ocean Island in the mid-Pacific on 29 October 1870 and broke up. Lt. Talbot and four men volunteered to go to Honolulu, the nearest port, 1,500 miles away, for help. The men began the voyage in an open boat on 18 November and reached Kauai, Hawaii, on 19 December. However, as the party attempted to get through the heavy surf to shore, their boat capsized. Lt. Talbot and three others drowned while attempting to swim through the rough breakers to shore. The lone survivor reported the wreck of Saginaw, and her crew was saved.Bill Gonyo
Talbot 107kUndated, location unknown.Mike Mohl
Talbot 160kUndated, crewmen aboard USS Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15) load one of her deck tubes with an 18-inch Whitehead torpedo. Image courtesy Collier's Weekly.Robert Hurst
Talbot 181kUndated, a grease-coated Whitehead torpedo is eased into USS Talbot's aft tube. Period postcard. image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.Robert Hurst
Talbot 64kUSS Talbot (TB-15) photographed circa 1898 with the signature of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who commanded Talbot on 6 and 16 July 1909 for special operations while still commanding the USS Plunger (SS-2) . NHC photo 58112. The U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 63733 is the same photo without the signature.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Talbot 74kUSS Talbot (TB-15) underway, circa the early 1900s (Photo # NH 63732).Robert Hurst
Talbot 234kUSS Talbot at the New York Navy Yard, November 1900. The armoured cruiser New York is in the background (Photo # 19-N-15-15-4).Robert Hurst
Talbot 234kUSS Talbot under tow by a steam launch, at the New York Navy Yard, November 1900 (Photo # 19-N-15-15-5).Robert Hurst
Talbot 147kAn experimental Whitehead Mk 111 torpedo is fired from the Newport torpedo station's east dock, 1904. Photograph by R.G. Skerret. Image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V.Simpson.Robert Hurst
Talbot 163kUSS Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15), circa 1906. Talbot fires a Whitehead Mk. 111 broadside from her moorings at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, RI. NTS photo. Image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.Robert Hurst
Talbot 65kPhoto #: NH 100042. Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Torpedo boats of the Atlantic Fleet Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1907. Most of these craft are partially dismantled. The two boats in the front right and the one in the front left (listed in no particular order) are: USS Bagley (TB-24), USS Barney (TB-25) and USS Biddle (TB-26). The two larger boats between them, in the foreground are (left to right): USS DuPont (TB-7) and USS Porter (TB- 6). The three boats in the back row are (left to right): One of the three Torpedo Boat # 3 class (Foote, Rodgers or Winslow), USS Cushing (TB-1) and either USS Gwin (TB-16) or USS Talbot (TB-15). The receiving ship USS Franklin (1867-1915) and a two-masted schooner are in the distance. Courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC

USS Talbot TB-15 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Bill Gonyo

LTJG William Rawle Shoemaker    April 4 1898 - ? (Later RADM)
LTJG John Sehon Doddridge    Jul 7 1899 - ?
LT André Morton Procter    Dec 7 1901 - ?

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