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USS Gopher (IX-11)
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Gopher (IX-11) (1920 - 1921)
Gopher (1905 - 1920)
USS Fern (II) (Gunboat) (1891 - 1905)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal - Spanish Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal


Gunboat:
  • Built in 1871 at Delamater and Steack of New York City at Newport, R.I.
  • Transferred to the Navy from the Treasury Department, 30 January 1891
  • Commissioned USS Fern, 22 April 1891, LCDR. Andrew J. Iverson in command
  • Decommissioned, 22 October 1904
  • Laid up at Norfolk in 1905
  • Renamed USS Gopher, 27 December 1905
  • Recommissioned, 30 May 1917
  • Decommissioned, 19 April 1919
  • Designated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (IX-11), 17 July 1920
  • Recommissioned, 15 May 1921
  • Decommissioned, 21 September 1923
  • Final Disposition, lost 21 September 1923 due to a storm
    Specifications:
    Displacement 840 t.
    Length 160'
    Beam 28'
    Draft 12' 9"
    Speed 9 kts
    Complement 12
    Armament five 3-pdrs, four 1-pdrs
    Propulsion steam, single propeller

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    USS Fern
    Gopher 85k USS Fern moored at a navy yard during the 1890's.
    US National Archives, RG-19-N-A-1. photo # 19-N-19-2-2 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Gopher 84k USS Fern at anchor, circa 1905 - 1920, location unknown.
    Library of Congress, LC-D4-32278
    Mike Green
    Gopher 75k USS Fern at anchor, circa 1905 - 1920, location unknown. Photo is similar to above Library of Congress photo. Ron Reeves
    USS Gopher
    Gopher 128k Gopher shown after further modifications while serving with the Minnesota Naval Militia. Her bridge has been moved forward of the foremast, the deckhouse behind it has been extended forward, and the deckhouse below it has been extended forward nearly to the bow. The bow gun is still a 6-pounder.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo No. NH 61559. Courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Robert Hurst
    Gopher 108k Minnesota Naval Militia Naval training ship Gopher probably shown in her original configuration after her repairs at Detroit in 1906 for duty with the Minnesota Naval Militia. A regular navigating bridge has been fitted, complete with bridge wings and a semaphore. She has a new smokestack and has probably been re-boiler. The gun on the bow is a 6-pounder and there may be two more behind the bulwarks just forward of the foremast. A few 1-pounders may be on the stern. The radio antennas swung from the topmasts are of a pattern that came into general use in the fleet in 1906-1907.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73675. Courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Gopher 56k Minnesota Naval Militia training ship Gopher moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH-068794
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Gopher 67k Minnesota Naval Militia training ship Gopher moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH-068793
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Gopher 129k Minnesota Naval Militia Naval training ship Gopher off the port bow view probably shown in her original configuration after her repairs at Detroit in 1906 for duty with the Minnesota Naval Militia.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61885. Courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Mike Green
    Gopher 143k Minnesota Naval Militia Naval training ship Gopher during the Perry Centennial Naval Parade in 1913, possibly at Erie, PA. Her visible armament consists of one 6-pounder on the bow, two probable 3-pounders in side ports on each side just forward of the bridge, and two 1-pounders on the fantail.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 73673. Courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Gopher 129k Minnesota Naval Militia Naval training ship Gopher watching John G. Kaminski fly his Curtiss A-1 Pusher aircraft in an exhibition near Milwaukee in 1912-1914. Kaminski was the first licensed pilot in Wisconsin. The revenue cutter USRC Tuscarora, stationed at Milwaukee, also observed this flight.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # unknown. Courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Gopher 202k Minnesota Naval Militia training ship Gopher underway, probably on the Great Lakes while training naval reservists with the Minnesota State Naval Militia, circa 1914. Tommy Trampp

    USS Fern (II) / USS Gopher (IX-11)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Iverson, Andrew J.11 April 1891 - 23 March 1892
    02LCDR. Gibson, William C.23 March 1892 - 3 November 1893
    03LCDR. Hemphill, Joseph Newton3 November 1893 - 1 October 1894
    04 LCDR. Bicknell III, George Augustus1 October 1894 - 11 January 1896
    05LCDR. Mansfield, Henry Buckingham11 January 1896 - 6 September 1898
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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