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Dover (IX 30)

Dover call sign:
Nan - Item - Roger - Sugar

ex-Wilmington (PG 8)

Call sign (1919):
George - Rush - Mike - King

ex-Wilmington (Gunboat No. 8)

Call sign (1912):
Nan - Watch - King

Campaign and Service Medals

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right

Top Row: Sampson Medal
2nd Row: Spanish Campaign Medal - Philippine Campaign Medal - World War I Victory Medal
3rd Row: American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Wilmington Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down 8 October 1894 by the Newport News Shipbuilding Co., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 19 October 1895
  • Completed 29 January 1896
  • Commissioned USS Wilmington, Gunboat No. 8, 13 May 1897
  • Designated PG-8, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 30 June 1904 at Cavite, Philippines
  • Recommissioned 2 April 1906
    Ships Data, U.S. Naval Vessels, 1921 lists recommissioning date as 1 July 1911
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary and renamed Dover (IX 30), 27 January 1941 for training Naval reserves
  • Decommissioned 20 December 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register 8 January 1946
  • Sold in December 1946 to Hawley Forge and Manufacturing Co. of San Francisco, CA
  • Scuttled off the California coast in 1947.


  • Displacement 1,571 t.
    1941 - 1,280 t.
  • Length 251' 10"
  • Length between perpendiculars 250' 9"
  • Beam 39' 8"
  • Draft 9'
  • Speed 15.08 kts.
  • Complement 212
    1921 - 206
  • Armament: Eight 4" gun mounts and four 3-pounders
    1905 - Eight 4" rapid fire mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts, four 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and four 6mm mounts
    1914 - Eight 4"/40 rapid fire mounts, and four 3-pounders
    World War II - One 4"/50 gun mount and five 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
  • Propulsion: Four Hohenstein boilers, two 934ihp vertical triple expansion steam engines, two shafts
    1921 - Four Babcock and Wilcox boilers.

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    Nashville 246k 19 October 1895
    USS Wilmington (PG-8), with the USS Nashville (PG-7) immediately behind, ready for launching at Newport News, Virginia
    Photo by Hart, New York
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 63204
    Mike Green
    Nashville 235k 19 October 1895
    USS Nashville (PG-7) ready for launching at Newport News, Virginia on October 19, 1895. Just ahead of her on the building way is USS Wilmington (PG-8), which was also launched on that day. Under construction at right is USS Helena (PG-9)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 45653
    Wilmington 107k Launching party for Wilmington including Miss Anne Grey, Sponsor. She was the daughter of Senator George Grey of Delaware from 18 March 1885 4 March 1899
    Photo by Hart, New York
    S. Dale Hargrave
    Wilmington 135k Miss Grey christening Wilmington
    Photo by Hart, New York
    Wilmington 142k Launching
    Photo by Hart, New York
    USS Wilmington (Gunboat No. 8)
    Wilmington 132k Post card Darryl Baker
    Wilmington 65k Robert Hurst
    Wilmington 37k Line drawing Joe Radigan
    Wilmington 112k Line drawing from Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Vol. 2, 1894. Robb Jensen collection Robb Jensen
    Wilmington 81k c. 1898
    Courtesy of CDR Donald J. Robinson, MSC, USN
    U.S. Navy photo NH 91824
    Naval Historical Center
    Wilmington 141k Photo from Colliers History of the Spanish American War, published in 1898 Dan Wilmes
    Wilmington 126k In Boston Harbor for a naval parade on 2 September 1898
    Photo from Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Mike Green
    Wilmington 583k Gravestone erected in an Argentine cemetery by Wilmington shipmates for Quartermaster William White, USN and Ordinary Seaman Mark Francis Dailey, USN, who died during her stay in Argentina (September 1899 - March 1900) Alfredo Martin
    Wilmington 242k c. 1906
    Orinoco River, Venezuela
    Photo by Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. Collection of the Library of Congress photo LC-D4-9235
    Robert Hurst
    Wilmington 131k Christmas day 1908
    Hankow, China
    U.S. Navy photo from the November 1918 edition of Our Navy magazine
    Joe Radigan
    Crew Members 118k c. 1909
    Shanghai, China
    "The Merry Cherry Pickers"
    Scot McCoy
    Crew Member 131k c. 1909
    Shanghai, China
    S/2c A. N. Everett, USN
    Wilmington 205k c. 1890 - 1910
    Detroit Publishing Co. photo 30890 from the Library of Congress
    Michael Mohl
    Wilmington 121k c. 1911
    Hong Kong, China
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wilmington 142k c. 1911
    Canton, China
    USS Wilmington (PG 8)
    Wilmington 50k c. 1930s.
    Moored at the foot of Randolph Street, Chicago, IL. The Naval Reserve Armory is in the background
    Ken Laesser
    Wilmington 104k c. 1930s
    In the Great Lakes
    Historical Collections of the Great Lakes
    Wilmington 2058k Photographed during the 1930s, while serving as a Naval Reserve training ship on the Great Lakes
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 76514
    Mike Green
    USS Dover (IX 30)
    Wilmington 172k c. 1942 E. C. Lowrance, Jr.
    Wilmington 208k
    Wilmington 219k
    Wilmington 288k
    Wilmington/Dover 176k 15 May 1942
    Lake Michigan

    The sound of gunfire is echoing off Lake Michigan this summer from two Navy ships which are being used to school Navy officers and sailors who are to protect American merchant shipping on the high seas. The USS Wilmette [IX 29], flagship of the Great Lakes training ships and the USS Dover, formerly of the Atlantic Fleet, are being used for this training. Both mount four-inch naval guns, the kind that are to be used by the men when they go aboard merchant ships in the Atlantic and Pacific. Every day several gun crews--each one consists of 10 men and an officer--fire at targets which are set afloat in the lake. These gun crews are being sent to sea as quickly as they can be trained, and are a powerful defense against submarines.
    Photo by ACME
    Tommy Trampp
    Wilmington/Dover 749k 'Firing Squads' for Enemy Subs
    Associated Press and Wide World photos from the Gravure Section of the 12 July 1942 edition of the Sunday Star, Washington, DC
    Mike Mohl

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Chapman Coleman Todd, USN - USNA Class of 1866
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    13 May 1897 - 1899
    02CDR Ebenezer Scudder Prim, USN - USNA Class of 186827 November 1900
    03CDR Uriah Rose Harris, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral8 April 1902 - 1904
    04CDR Carlos Gilman Calkin, USN - USNA Class of 187213 October 1904
    05CDR William Ledyard Rodgers, USN - USNA Class of 1878
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Admiral
    2 April 1906 - 11 July 1907
    06CDR William Rees Rush, USN - USNA Class of 187711 July 1907 - 22 July 1908
    07CDR Edward Lloyd, Jr., USN22 July 1908
    08CDR Webster Appleton Edgar, USN9 August 1910
    09CDR Stanford Elwood Moses, USN - USNA Class of 189223 September 1915 - 11 May 1916
    10CDR Francis Laird Chadwick, USN - USNA Class of 1893
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    11 May 1916 - 9 June 1917
    11LCDR Walter Ernest Whitehead, USN26 January 1918 - 9 January 1919
    12CAPT Thomas Albert Kearney, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)9 January 1919 - 15 May 1919
    13CDR Lloyd Stowell Shapley, USN - USNA Class of 189918 May 1919 - 19 November 1919
    14CDR John Barklay Rhodes, USN - USNA Class of 190719 November 1919 - 11 December 1920
    15CDR William Linn Culbertson, USN - USNA Class of 190511 December 1920
    16CDR Lawrence Penfield Treadwell, Jr., USN26 June 1922 - October 1922
    17CDR Richard Thomas Broohead, USNRFOctober 1922 - 12 January 1923
    18LCDR George Edgar Brandt, USNRF1 December 1923
    19CAPT Anthony Francis Nicklett, USNR1940 - 10 July 1941
    20LCDR Francis Joseph McMenamon, USNR10 July 1941 - 15 December 1942
    22LT Raymond George Brown, USNR15 December 1942 - 25 July 1943
    23LCDR William VanCourtland Brandt, USNR25 July 1943
    24LT William Louis Hardy, USNR1 June 1944 - 5 September 1945
    25LCDR Theodore Charles Merwin, USNR5 September 1945 - 1 December 1945
    26ENS Levy J. LeBlanc, USNR1 December 1945 - 20 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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