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Call sign (1924):
Nan - Easy - Jig - Cast

ex-Eagle Boat No. 2

Call sign (1919):
George - Cast - King - Quack

Eagle Class Patrol Craft:

  • Laid down 10 May 1918 by the Ford Motor Co., Detroit, MI
  • Launched 19 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Eagle Boat No. 2, 7 November 1918
  • Served with the Northern Russia Detachment U.S. Naval Forces, Northern Russia, in 1919
  • Designated PE-2, 17 July 1920
  • Struck from the Navy list 23 April 1930
  • Sold 11 June 1930
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 615 t.
  • Length 200' 9"
  • Beam 33' 1"
  • Draft 8' 6"
  • Speed 18.3 kts.
  • Complement 61
  • Armament: Two 4"/50 gun mounts, one 3"/50 gun mount and two .50 cal. machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two Thorny-Croft Bureau Mod. boilers, one 2,500shp Poole turbine, Ford single reduction gear, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Eagle No. 2
    PE-2 110k 14 August 1918
    Ready for launching
    The Henry Ford - The Rouge website
    PE-2 86k
    PE-2 74k 19 August 1918
    After launching
    PE-2 117k 6 September 1918
    National Archives photo
    Dan Treadwell
    PE-2 40k 19 October 1918
    Eagle No. 2, Eagle No. 3, Eagle No. 4, Eagle No. 5, Eagle No. 6 and Eagle No. 7 fitting out
    The Henry Ford - The Rouge website
    PE-2 162k Eagle No. 2, Eagle No. 3 and Eagle No. 4 fitting out
    National Archives photo
    Dan Treadwell
    PE-2 152k 30 October 1918
    National Archives photo
    PE-2 143k 30 October 1918
    Undergoing her final fitting out before joining the fleet. Note the stern mounted depth charge racks, among the earliest applied to a naval combatant.
    National Archives photo
    Original photo: Lawrence W. Lee, Jr.
    Replacement photo: Dan Treadwell
    PE-2 108k On builder’s trials in 1918 Naval Historical Center
    USS Eagle No. 2
    PE-2 66k 21 February 1919 Joe Radigan
    PE-1 98k 29 May 1919
    Plymouth, England
    Ascention Day
    "The Three Eagles" Eagle No. 3, Eagle No. 2 and Eagle No. 1
    Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977
    U.S. Navy photo NH 85436
    Naval History and Heritage Command
    Replacement photo added 29 June 2021
    PE-1 70k c. May 1919
    Eagle No. 1 and Eagle No. 2 in the English Channel bound for Russia
    The Henry Ford - The Rouge website
    PE-1 178k c. May 1919
    Eagle No. 1, Eagle No. 2 and Eagle No. 3 at San Miguel, Azores bound for Russia
    PE-2 61k En route to Archangel, Russia
    Underwood and Underwood photo from the June 1920 edition of "Our Navy" magazine
    Joe Radigan

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Ralph Smith Riggs, USN - USNA Class of 1918
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1943), three Legions of Merit (2-1944/1-1945) and the Bronze Star - Retired as Vice Admiral
    7 November 1918
    02LT John Whalon, USN
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS history entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway website
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