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USS TALBOT (Torpedo Boat No. 15, TB-15)
Renamed Berceau 1918 and redesignated YFB-3 1920

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

Operational and Building Data
Built by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co. Bristol, RI (YN 191)
Contract awarded 06 October 1896
Laid down 08 April 1897
Launched 14 November 1897 (Herreshoff records state 10 January 1898)
Commissioned 04 April 1898
Inactivated but retained in service as ferry 01 May 1912
Renamed Berceau 11 April 1918
Redesignated Yard Ferryboat YFB-3 17 July 1920
Placed out of service 18 June 1940
Stricken from Naval Register 18 July 1944
Fate sold for scrap

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Talbot 84kJohn Gunnell Talbot, born on 16 August 1844 at Danbury, Kentucky, 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. Lieutenant Talbot and four men volunteered to go to Honolulu, the nearest port, some 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. 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 (TB-15)
Talbot 107kUndated, location unknown.Mike Mohl
Talbot 160kUndated, crewmen aboard USS Talbot load one of her deck tubes with an 18-inch Whitehead torpedo.
Image courtesy Collier's Weekly.
Robert Hurst
Talbot 181kA grease-coated Whitehead torpedo is eased into USS Talbot's aft tube. Undated 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 photographed circa 1898, with the signature of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who commanded Talbot on 06 and 16 July 1909 for special operations while still commanding the USS Plunger (Submarine No. 2).
Naval History & Heritage Command photo photo 58112 (NH 63733 is the same photo without the signature).
Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Talbot 74kUSS Talbot underway, circa the early 1900s.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 63732
Robert Hurst
Talbot 234kUSS Talbot at the New York Navy Yard, November 1900. The armoured cruiser New York (ACR-2) is in the background.
National Archives 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.
National Archives photo 19-N-15-15-5
Robert Hurst
Talbot 147kAn experimental Whitehead Mk. III 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 fires a Whitehead Mk. III broadside from her moorings at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, RI, 1906. NTS photo.
Image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.
Robert Hurst
Talbot 65kNorfolk 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 No. 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.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 100042, courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984.
Berceau (YFB-3)
Talbot 80kBerceau (YFB-3) moored at Washington Navy Yard, probably in the 1930s. Ted Stone photo.George Schneider

USS Talbot TB-15 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01LT(jg) William Rawle Shoemaker (USNA 1884)04 April 1898 - ????
02LT(jg) John Sehon Doddridge (USNA 1893)07 July 1899 - ????
02LT André Morton Proctor (USNA 1893)07 December 1901 - ????

Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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