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USS GOLDSBOROUGH (Torpedo Boat # 20, TB-20)
later renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 7

CLASS - Goldsborough As Built.
Displacement 256 Tons.
Dimensions 198' (oa) x 20' 7" x 6' 10".
Armament 4 x 6 pdr., 2 x 18" tt.
Speed 27 Knots, Crew 59.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, Ore.
Launched 29 July 1899.
Commissioned 9 April 1908.
Placed in ordinary at the Mare Island Navy Yard 26 March 1914.
Served in the Oregon State Naval Militia at Portland, December 1914-April 1917.
Rcommissioned 7 April 1917.
Designated Coast Torpedo Boat Number 7, 1 August 1918,
name assigned to new destroyer under construction.
Decommissioned 12 March 1919.
Fate sold for scrapping on 8 September 1919.

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Goldsborough 94kLouis Malesherbes Goldsborough, born 18 February 1805 in Washington, D.C., was appointed Midshipman 28 June 1812, but did not serve until 13 February 1816 when he reported for duty at the Washington Navy Yard. He led a four-boat night expedition from Porpoise in September 1827 to rescue British merchant brig Comet from Mediterranean pirates. In 1830 he was appointed first officer in charge of the newly created Depot of Charts and Instruments at Washington, the rude beginning of the United States Hydrographic Office. It was Goldsborough who suggested creation of the depot and initiated the collection and centralization of the instruments, books and charts that were scattered among several Navy yards. After 2 years he was relieved by Lt. Charles Wilkes. Goldsborough led German emigrants to Wirt's Estates near Monticello, Fla., in 1833; then took leave from the Navy to command a steamboat expedition and later mounted volunteers in the Seminole War. After cruising the Pacific in frigate United States, he participated in the bombardment of Vera Cruz in Ohio. He served consecutively as: commander of a detachment in the expedition against Tuxpan; senior officer of a commission which explored California and Oregon (1849-1850) ; Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1853-1857) ; and commander of the Brazil Squadron (1859-1861). During his command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron October 1861 to September 1862, he led his fleet off North Carolina, where in cooperation with troops under General Burnside, he captured Roanoke Island and destroyed a small Confederate fleet. After special administrative duties in Washington, D.C., he took command of the European Squadron in the last year of the Civil War, returning to Washington in 1868 to serve as Commander of the Washington Navy Yard until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Goldsborough died 20 February 1877.NHC
Goldsborough 35kUndated, with her name assigned to a new destroyer under construction, the ex-USS Goldsborough (TB-20) is moored at Puget Sound Navy Yard.Mike Green
Goldsborough 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
Goldsborough 120kPhoto #: NH 75496. In drydock, June 6 1900.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Goldsborough 207kStarboard quarter view of USS Goldsborough (TB-20) in dry dock, 6 June 1900. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-14-28-5.Mike Green
Goldsborough 116kUSS Goldsborough (TB-20) in dry dock, 6 June 1900. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No.19-N-14-28-6.Mike Green
Goldsborough 161kDamaged bow of USS Goldsborough (TB-20) in dry dock, 6 June 1900. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-14-28-7.Mike Green

USS Goldsborough TB-20 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Daniel Throckmorton Ghent    Apr 9 1908 - ?
ENS Leo Francis Welch    ? 1910 - ?
ENS Richard Edward Cassidy    ? 1911 - ?

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