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USS STOCKTON (Torpedo Boat # 32, TB-32)

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.
Launched 27 December 1899.
Commissioned 14 March 1901.
Alternated between commissioned and reserve service until 14 November 1913.
Decommissioned 14 November 1913.
Stricken 15 November 1913.
Fate sunk by battleships and destroyers of the Atlantic Fleet during September 1916.

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Stockton 35kCaptain Robert F. Stockton, USN (1795-1866), was born in Princeton, New Jersey, on 20 August 1795. He was appointed a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy at the age of sixteen, serving at sea and ashore during the War of 1812. After that conflict, Lieutenant Stockton was assigned to ships operating in the Mediterranean, in the Caribbean and off the coast of West Africa. While on the latter station, he helped negotiate a treaty that led to the founding of the state of Liberia. During the later 1820s and into the 1830s, he primarily devoted his attention to business affairs in New Jersey. In 1838, Stockton resumed active Naval service as a Captain. He served in the European area, but took leave in 1840 to undertake political work. Offered the post of Secretary of the Navy by President John Tyler in 1841, he declined the offer, but worked successfully to gain support for the construction of an advanced steam warship with a battery of very heavy guns. This ship became USS Princeton (1843-1849), the Navy's first screw-propelled steamer, whose construction he oversaw and which he commanded when she was completed in 1843. Captain Stockton was absolved of responsibility for the February 1844 explosion of a gun on board the ship that killed two cabinet officers and several others. With the temporary title of Commodore, Stockton commanded Naval forces in the Eastern Pacific, and was instrumental in taking California from Mexico in 1846-47. Captain Stockton resigned from the Navy in May 1850 and returned to business and political pursuits. He served as a U.S. Senator from New Jersey in 1851-53, during which time he sponsored a bill to abolish flogging as a Navy punishment. After leaving the Senate, Stockton remained active in business and politics. In 1861 he was a delegate to the unsuccessful conference that attempted to settle the secession crisis. In 1863, he was appointed to command the New Jersey militia when the Confederate Army invaded Pennsylvania. Captain Robert F. Stockton died at Princeton on 7 October 1866.NHC
Stockton 89kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Stockton 101kPhoto #: 19-N-11295. USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32) underway during the early 1900s. Note the round identification shape carried on her foremast. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.
Stockton 119kPhoto #: 19-N-15-12-5. USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32) under construction at Richmond, Virginia, 30 June 1900. She was built by the William R. Trigg Company, of Richmond. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.NHC
Stockton 57kPhoto #: 19-N-15-12-6. USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32) under construction at Richmond, Virginia, 30 June 1900. She was built by the William R. Trigg Company, of Richmond. Note the Richmond Ice Company building in the left background. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.NHC
Stockton 89kPhoto #: NH 100037-KN. "Lazzerreto Light House", Baltimore, Maryland, photograph taken during the early 1900s, published on a color-tinted postcard by the Hugh C. Leighton Company, Portland, Maine. The original card was postmarked 17 September 1909. The U.S. Navy torpedo boat in the left center may be USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32), whose foremast was fitted with a round identification shape like the one seen here. Courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.NHC
Stockton 86kPhoto #: NH 99606. USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32) view from off the starboard quarter, taken at the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1901. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.NHC
Stockton 111kPhoto #: 19-N-13948. USS Stockton (Torpedo Boat # 32) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, October 1901. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.NHC
Stockton 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
Stockton 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

USS Stockton TB-32 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Ron Reeves & Wolfgang Hechler

LT Archibald Hilliard Davis    Mar 14 1901 - ?
LT Harry Ervin Yarnell    ? 1902 - ?
LT James Harvey Tomb    ? 1907 - ?
LT James Otto Richardson    1908 - 1909 (Later ADM)

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