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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 (1909):
Nan - Watch - King

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"
    1941 - 10'
  • 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 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

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Chapman C. Todd, USN13 May 1897
    02CDR Ebenezer Scudder Prime, USN - USNA Class of 186727 November 1900
    03CDR Carlos Gilman Calkin, USN - USNA Class of 187213 October 1904
    04CDR William Ledyard Rodgers, USN - USNA Class of 1878
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Admiral
    2 April 1906
    05CDR William Rees Rush, USN - USNA Class of 187711 July 1907
    06CDR Stanford Elwood Moses, USN - USNA Class of 189223 September 1915
    07CDR Francis Laird Chadwick, USN - USNA Class of 1893
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    11 May 1916 - 9 June 1917
    08CAPT Thomas Albert Kearney, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (1918)9 January 1919
    09CDR Lloyd Stowell Shapley, USN - USNA Class of 189918 May 1919
    10CDR John Barklay Rhodes, USN - USNA Class of 190719 November 1919
    11CDR William Linn Culbertson, USN - USNA Class of 190511 December 1920
    12CDR Richard Thomas Broohead, USNROctober 1922
    13LCDR George Edgar Brandt, USNRF1 December 1923
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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