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USS BAGLEY (Torpedo Boat # 24, TB-24)
later renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 10

CLASS - Bagley As Built.
Displacement 107 Tons.
Dimensions 157' (oa) x 17' 7" x 4' 11".
Armament 3 x 1 pdr., 3 x 18" tt.
Speed 29 Knots, Crew 28.

Operational and Building Data
Builder Bath Iron Works, Ltd., Bath, Maine.
Launched 26 September 1900.
Commissioned 18 October 1901.
Placed in reserve 19 February 1903.
Recommissioned 14 September 1907.
Placed in ordinary 13 March 1914.
Recommissioned 29 March 1917.
Renamed Coast Torpedo Boat No. 10, 1 August 1918.
Decommissioned 12 March 1919.
Stricken March 31 1919.
Fate Sold April 9 1919 to Reinhard Hall, of Brooklyn, NY.

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Bagley 17kWorth Bagley was born in Raleigh, N.C., on 6 April 1874 and entered the Naval Academy in 1891. He graduated on 7 June 1895 and, after two years at sea as a passed midshipman, was commissioned ensign on 1 July 1897. At the beginning of hostilities between the United States and Spain late in Apri1 1898, Bagley was serving in Winslow (Torpedo Boat No. 5), a ship that was soon on blockade station off the northern coast of Cuba. On 11 May 1898, Winslow left her position for Cardenas to replenish her coal bunkers from one of the larger warships located there. When she reached Cardenas, the senior officer present, the commanding officer of Wilmington (Gunboat No. 8) ordered her to reconnoiter Cardenas Bay for mines in company with the revenue cutter Hudson. The negative report on the mines that the two small ships made at the completion of their mission prompted Wilmington’s commanding officer to decide to take his ship into the bay to search for three Spanish gunboats reportedly lurking there. Bagley’s ship and Hudson served as escorts. At about 3,000 yards from Cardenas, a lookout caught sight of a small, gray steamer moored alongside the wharf. Winslow moved in for a closer look. At about 1335 that afternoon, Bagley’s torpedo boat reached a point about 1,500 yards from the wharf when a puff of smoke announced the beginning of an artillery duel that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. Winslow’s 1-pounder responded, and then Spanish shore batteries opened on her. The little torpedo boat bore the brunt of Spanish fury and quickly suffered a number of hits. The first shell to strike Winslow put both her steam and manual steering out of action. While members of her crew tried to rig some type of auxiliary steering gear, Ens. Bagley carried orders to the after engine room hatch in order to keep the warship maneuvering with her propellers. However, at one point the ship swung broadside to the enemy batteries, and a shell knocked out her port main engine. Wilmington and Hudson came to the rescue with their larger guns, and Winslow requested Hudson to tow her out of action. While the two ships attempted to make fast a towline, a shell burst near the after engine room hatch, slaying Bagley and four enlisted men. He was the only naval officer killed in action in the Spanish-American War.NHC
Bagley 85kUndated, location unknown. From the publication "U.S. Warships of World War One" by P.H. Silverstone.Robert Hurst
Bagley 72kUndated, location unknown. NHC photo 64056 and National Archives 19-N-13103.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Bagley 232kUndated photo of the USS Bagley (TB-24) moored at the U.S. Naval Academy boat landing at Annapolis, Maryland. Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 64508, Courtesy of Capital Gazette Press, Annapolis, Maryland.Mike Green/Robert Hurst
Bagley 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
Bagley 108kUSS Bagley (TB-24) was the first destroyer-type vessel to carry an aircraft. During July and August 1910 she was used as a test platform for an aircraft designed by Congressman Butler Ames.The aircraft was assembled and tested on a platform (apparently being constructed in this view) abaft the bridge. the brief tests produced unfavourable results. Photo courtesy of Haze Gray and Underway.Robert Hurst
Bagley 166kUSS Bagley showing the Ames aircraft being assembled aboard. It was intended to derive its lift from two rotating 12-sided cylinders, the mountings for which are seen here. Photo courtesy of Haze Gray and Underway.Robert Hurst
Bagley 75kPhoto #: NH 105426. USS Bagley (Torpedo Boat # 24) alongside the barge Dolphin (ID # 1314, also known as Coal Barge # 518) in a New York City area yacht basin, circa 1917-1918. Partially visible at right is USS Freelance (SP-830). Another patrol vessel (converted yacht) and a tug are in the right background. Printed on postcard ("AZO") stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC
Bagley 72kPhoto #: NH 103769. USS Coast Torpedo Boat No. 10 (ex-USS Bagley, Torpedo Boat # 24) underway in 1918, possibly in the New York Harbor area. The original print is entitled "The Mail Boat". Collection of Arthur J. Rozette. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC

USS Bagley TB-24 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

ENS Willis McDowell    Oct 18 1901 - ?
LT Stanford Elwood Moses    May 24 1902 - ?
CDR Harley Hannibal Christy    ? 1916 - ?

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