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USS BAILEY (Torpedo Boat # 21, TB-21)
later renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 8

CLASS - Bailey As Built.
Displacement 235 Tons.
Dimensions 205' (oa) x 19' 3" x 6' 10".
Armament 4 x 6 pdr., 2 x 18" tt.
Speed 30 Knots, Crew 59.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Gas Engine and Power Co.and Charles L. Seabury and Co., Consolidated, Morris Heights, N. Y.
Launched 5 December 1899.
Commissioned 10 June 1901.
Decommissioned June 14 1902.
Recommissioned December 22 1909.
In reserve at Charleston June 1 1910.
Placed in ordinary at Annapolis 1 April 1914.
Rcommissioned 6 February 1917.
Designated Coast Torpedo Boat Number 8, 1 August 1918,
Decommissioned 18 March 1919.
Fate Sold March 10 1920 to U. S. Rail & Salvage Co., Newburgh, NY.

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Bailey 73kRear Admiral Theodorus Bailey (April 12, 1805-February 14, 1877) was a U.S. naval officer during the American Civil War. Born in Chateaugay, New York, he entered the navy as a midshipman in January, 1818. He was commended for energy, enterprise, and gallantry in the Mexican-American War. He made captain in 1855. In July, 1862, he was made Commodore, and in July, 1866, rear-admiral on the retired list. In 1861 Captain Bailey was in command of Colorado, in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Later he took command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He was instrumental in developing a primitive "thruster system," the principles of which are still in use today. A pipe could direct water to one side of the ship or another, which caused the ship to be able to move with more agility in the high seas. Today, ships use this principle in thruster systems. Rear Admiral Bailey died at Washington, D. C., 10 February 1877. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Bailey 48kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Bailey 71kUndated, location unknown. Photo NHQQ0397 from the publication "Our Country's Pride".Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Bailey 53kPhoto #: NH 99852. Division Two, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla in a U.S. East or Gulf Coast river, circa 1914. The five three-stack destroyers in the center and left of the view are members of Division Two, with one of them probably being USS Walke (Destroyer # 34). The torpedo boat immediately ahead of the right-most destroyer appears to be USS Bailey (Torpedo Boat # 21, which was assigned to the Reserve Torpedo Division at Annapolis, Maryland, during this time. This photo is one of a series from the collection of a USS Walke crewmember. Courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC
Bailey 85kPhoto #: NH 59816. USS SC-64 underway in a New York area harbor, 1918. Ships in the immediate background are (from left to right): USS Bailey (Torpedo Boat # 21); USS Tarantula (SP-124); USS Sabalo (SP-225); a Bagley class torpedo boat; and USS SC-55. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC

USS Bailey TB-21 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT George White Williams    Jun 10 1901 - ?
ENS Archer Meredith Ruland Allen    Jul 12 1908 - ?
CDR Harley Hannibal Christy    ? 1916 - ?
LT Charles Morrison Austin    Feb 6 1917 - ?

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