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USS Peoria (YT-109)
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USS Peoria (AT-48) (1920 - 1921)
USS Peoria (1898 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Spanish Campaign Medal


Auxiliary Gunboat:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as the pilot boat Philadelphia at Neafie and Levy, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 23 May 1898
  • Commissioned, USS Peoria, 5 May 1898, LT. T. W. Ryan in command
  • Redesignated a Steel Steam Tug in 1908
  • Redesignated Fleet Tug (AT-48), 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 30 January 1921, at Key West FL.
  • Recommissioned, 14 April 1921
  • Redesignated Harbor Tug (YT-109), June 1921
  • Decommissioned, 10 November 1921, at New York City, N.Y.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 February 1933
  • Sold 16 June 1922, to C. W. DeKnight of Standard Dredging Co., Washington, D.C., for $8,000
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1937
    Specifications:
    Displacement 487 t.
    Length 131'
    Beam 25'
    Draft 10' 6"
    Speed 9 kts.
    Armament
    four 3-pdr. Hotchkiss rapid-fire guns
    one 6mm machine gun
    Propulsion
    on vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    single shaft

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    Peoria 111k USS Peoria at Philadelphia Navy Yard, circa May 1898, completing conversion to an auxiliary gunboat for Spanish-American War duty. Note that this former pilot boat lacks a pilot house. The receiving ship USS Richmond is behind her.
    >i>US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 19-N-17-24-1 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Peoria 332k USS Peoria, circa. May 1898, possibly at Philadelphia Navy Yard, following conversion for naval service.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-17-24-2 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Peoria 139k The Auxiliary Gunboat USS Peoria moored at Boston Navy Yard, 19 February 1901. USS Peoria was designated a ‘steel steam tug’ in 1908 and redesignated Fleet Tug (AT-48) in July 1920.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-14281 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Peoria 177k The Auxiliary Gunboat USS Peoria moored at Boston Navy Yard, 19 February 1901.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-17-24-3 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green and
    Robert Hurst
    Peoria 1945k The Steam Tug USS Peoria leaving her mooring at Key West, Fl, 19 May 1913. Note the civilians on board.
    De Wolf and Wood Collection. Image from Flickr courtesy of Florida Keys Public Libraries photo # MM00038162x.
    Robert Hurst

    Peoria (AT-48)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Jayne, Joseph Lee USN (1882) :RADM5 May 1898 - 1 September 1900
    02LT. Ryan, Thomas William USN (1878)1 September 1900 - 1- June 1902
    03ENS Tardy, Walter Benjamin10 June 1902 - 21 July 1903
    04BOSN. Deery, Patrick21 July 1903 - 27 July 1907
    05CHBOSN. Olsen, Harold Severing27 July 1907 - 23 June 1908
    06LT. Bolles, Courtland 23. June 1908 - 3 April 1909
    07BOSN. Wilkinson, Michael Joseph3 April 1909 - 1 April 1913
    08BOSN. James, Thomas1 April 1912 - 13 August 1913
    09BOSN. Cullen, Gregory13 August 1913 - 19 April 1915
    10BOSN. James Thomas19 April 1915 - 30 June 1920
     Decommissioned30 January 1921 - 14 April 1921
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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