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USS SHUBRICK (Torpedo Boat # 31, TB-31)
later renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 15

CLASS - Blakely As Built.
Displacement 200 Tons.
Dimensions 175' (oa) x 17' 8" x 6' 2".
Armament 3 x 1 pdr., 3 x 18" tt.
Speed 25 Knots, Crew 29.

Operational and Building Data
Builder William R. Trigg Co., Richmond, Va.
Laid down 11 March 1899.
Launched 31 October 1899.
Commissioned 1901.
Renamed Coast Torpedo Boat # 15, 1 August 1918.
Alternated between commissioned and reserve service until 23 April 1919.
Decommissioned 23 April 1919.
Stricken 28 October 1919.
Fate sold for scrapping on 10 March 1920 to the U. S. Rail and Salvage Co. of Newburgh, N.Y.

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Shubrick 60kWilliam Bradford Shubrick born on 31 October 1790 at "Belvedere," Bull's Island, S.C.-studied at Harvard before accepting an appointment as a midshipman in 1806. Following service in the Mediterranean in Wasp, he served in Argus along the Atlantic coast of the United States. After duty in Hornet early in the War of 1812, he was assigned to Constellation; and, while that frigate was at Norfolk, he led a party of bluejackets in beating off a British boat attack against Craney Island on 22 June 1813. He subsequently won a Congressional medal for service in Constitution during her capture of Cyane and Levant. During the more than three decades separating the War of 1812 from the Mexican War, Shubrick commanded, in turn, Lexington and Natchez; directed operation of the West Indies Squadron from ]838 to 1840; and headed the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing from 1845 to 1846. At the outbreak of the war with Mexico, Shubrick requested sea duty and, in Independence, sailed for the California coast to relieve Commodore Sloat in command of American Naval forces there. However. Commodore James Biddle brought his East India Squadron to Monterey, Calif., on 2 January 1847 only a week after Shubrick's arrival-and assumed command. In April, Shubrick sailed for the coast of Mexico to head the blockade of Mazatlan and Guaymas. Early in June, Shubrick was recalled to California where Biddle restored him to overall command on 19 July and sailed for the East Coast. Under Shubrick, the Navy successfully conducted the closing operations of the war on the Pacific coast. Highlights were the capture of Guaymas in October and of Mazatlan in November. San Bias fell in January 1848. The following spring, Shubrick headed home and took command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1849. He subsequently headed the Bureau of Construction and Repair. In August 1852, he became chairman of the Lighthouse Board. In October 1858, Shubrick sailed in command of the fleet sent to South American waters to support diplomatic efforts to resolve differences with Paraguay resulting from the firing upon the USS Waterwitch. In December 1861, Shubrick was retired; and he was promoted to Rear Admiral on the retired list on 16 July 1862. He died in Washington, D.C., on 27 May 1874.NHC
Shubrick 51kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Shubrick 55kUndated, location unknown. As she appeared after being redesignated Coast Torpedo Boat # 15. From Jane's Fighting Ships 1919.Robert Hurst
Shubrick 71kPhoto #: 19-N-15-10-6. June 30 1900 under construction at Richmond, Virginia.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc./Robert Hurst
Shubrick 168kUSS Shubrick (TB-31) under construction at Richmond, Virginia, 30 June 1900. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-15-10-4.Mike Green
Shubrick 75kPhoto #: 19-N-15-12-7. USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, in October 1901. The vessel tied up to her port side may be her sister, USS Shubrick (Torpedo Boat # 31). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.NHC
Shubrick 220kUSS Shubrick (TB-31) in dry dock, 27 November 1907, showing damaged bow. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-15-10-11.Mike Green
Shubrick 81kPhoto #: NH 100418. Hudson-Fulton Day celebrations, October 1909. Five U.S. Navy torpedo boats at Troy, New York, for Hudson-Fulton Day, 9 October 1909. The two torpedo boats at left are (in no order): USS Porter (Torpedo Boat # 6); and USS DuPont (Torpedo Boat # 7). The other three are (from left center to right): USS Blakely (Torpedo Boat # 27); USS Shubrick (Torpedo Boat # 31); and USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32). Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1985. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC

The ship's crew in November 1918. The cropped image shows Steve's dad, Adam Scrupski, who was part of the crew.Steve Scrupski
Shubrick 80kPhoto NHC 63752. At Philadelphia Navy Yard, about 1919.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.

USS Shubrick TB-31 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Allen Merriam Cook    1901 - ?
LTJG Dudley Wright Knox    May 23 1902 - Aug 1902  (Later COMO)

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