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USCGC Beta (WIX 272)

Call sign:
Nan - Zebra - Dog - Oboe

ex-USCGC Alexander Hamilton (WIX 272)

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Item - Vice - Sail

ex-USS Vicksburg (PG 11)
ex-Gunboat No. 11

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

Vicksburg served both the Navy, the State of Washington and the Coast Guard

Annapolis Class Gunboat:

  • The second Vicksburg was laid down 17 January 1896 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
    Ships' Data, U.S. Naval Vessels of 1911 states keel laid in March 1896
  • Launched 5 December 1896
  • Delivered 27 June 1897
  • Commissioned USS Vicksburg Gunboat No. 11, 23 October 1897 at Portsmouth Navy Yard, NH
  • Decommissioned 24 May 1899 at Boston, MA
  • Recommissioned 15 May 1900 at Newport, RI
  • Placed out of commission, in reserve, 15 July 1904 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Recommissioned 17 May 1909
  • Decommissioned 18 June 1912 and transferred to the Washington State Militia Nautical School
  • Recommissioned in May 1914
  • Decommissioned in June 1914 and placed back in a reserve status
  • Placed back in full commission 13 April 1917 at Puget Sound, WA
  • Decommissioned 16 October 1919 at Puget Sound
  • Designated PG-11, 17 July 1920
  • Transferred to the Coast Guard 2 May 1921 and struck from the Navy Register
  • Commissioned USCGC Alexander Hamilton (WIX 272), 18 August 1922
  • Decommissioned 7 June 1930
  • Renamed Beta sometime between 1 July 1935 and 1 July 1936
  • Reassigned as a Station Ship 1 July 1940 at New London, CT
  • Decommissioned 30 December 1944
  • Returned to U.S. Navy 12 March 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration 28 March 1946 and sold for scrap.


  • Displacement 1,010 t.
  • Length 204' 5"
  • Beam 35' 3"
    1921 - 36'
  • Draft 12' 9"
    1921 - 12'
  • Speed 6.5 kts. under sail, 13 kts. under steam
  • Complement 173
  • Armament: Six 1" gun mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts, two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts, and one Colt machine gun
    1905 - Six 4" rapid fire mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts, two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and two .30 cal. Colt machine guns
    1911 - Six 4"/40 rapid fire mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts and two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended cylinderical boilers, one 1,118ihp vertical triple expansion steam engine and sail, one shaft.
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    USS Vicksburg, Gunboat No. 11
    Vicksburg 86k Under sail. c. 1898.
    U.S. Navy photo NR&L(O) 4889
    Naval Historical Center
    Vicksburg 88k Under sail, circa 1897-1898.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42053-A
    Vicksburg 102k Original photo: At anchor, circa the early 1900s.
    Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44258

    Replacement photo: Library of Congress photo
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Robert Jensen
    Vicksburg 128k Coaling at Isabella, Basilan Island, Philippines, 1901.
    Courtesy of Captain Fletcher L. Sheffield, USN.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42054
    Naval Historical Center
    Vicksburg 107k On the marine railway at Canacao, near Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines, 1901.
    Courtesy of Captain Fletcher L. Sheffield, USN.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 42055
    Vicksburg 80k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, circa June 1904, upon her return to the United States from Asiatic waters. Note the "homeward bound" pennant flying from her mainmast peak.
    Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, 1971.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 75176
    Vicksburg 331k 8 July 1904
    Mare Island Navy Yard, CA
    The Hospital Ship Relief is moored forward
    Darryl Baker
    Vicksburg 304k 8 July 1904
    Mare Island Navy Yard, CA
    Looking aft
    Vicksburg 320k 15 July 1904
    Mare Island Navy Yard, CA
    The Hospital Ship Relief is moored forward
    Vicksburg 91k Mare Island Navy Yard, California. An early U.S. Navy submarine (probably Grampus or Pike) underway off the yard, circa early 1905. Gunboats Petrel and Princeton are in the center background. At left are the decommissioned gunboats Annapolis and Vicksburg.
    Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1986.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 100915
    Naval Historical Center
    Vicksburg 148k c. 1912
    Mare Island Navy Yard, CA
    A tug is made up to her port side. You can see the tug's stack just aft of Vicksburg stack.
    Darryl Baker
    Vicksburg 97k In a Pacific coast harbor, during World War I.
    Collection of William Crawford, who served in Vicksburg at the time. Donated by his daughter, Mrs. Ann Jordan, 1976.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 98334
    Naval Historical Center
    Vicksburg 125k Looking down on the ship from her foremast, taken during World War I
    From the collection of William Crawford, who served in Vicksburg at the time. Donated by his daughter, Mrs Ann Jordan, 1976
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 98335
    Robert Hurst
    Vicksburg 133k German prisoners under guard on board the ship. They had been captured on the schooner Alexander Agassiz off Mazatlan, Mexico, 17 March 1918
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 43113
    Vicksburg 121k The schooner Alexander Agassiz photographed at the time of her capture by Vicksburg off Mazatlan, Mexico, 17 March 1918. She was suspected of being a potential German raider or contraband carrier. The prize crew is seen here going aboard. USS SC-302 is in the background
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 2644
    USCGC Alexander Hamilton (WIX 272)
    Vicksburg 86k . Robert Hurst
    Vicksburg 104k Under sail, circa 1922-1930, while serving as U.S. Coast Guard Academy training ship.
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83221
    Naval Historical Center
    Vicksburg 112k Underway prior to 1930
    Photo from "U.S. Coast Guard Cutters & Craft of World War II" by Robert L. Schiena
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Abraham B. H. Lillie, USN - USNA Class of 1866
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    23 October 1897
    02CDR Edward Buttevant Barry, USN - USNA Class of 1869
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    15 May 1900
    03CDR Gottfried Blockinger, USN - USNA Class of 1868
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    24 December 1902
    04CDR William Alexander Marshall, USN - USNA Class of 187122 April 1903
    05CDR Arthur Wright Dodd, USN - USNA Class of 187725 December 1906 - 3 July 1907
    06CDR Alexander Seaman Halstead, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral17 May 1909
    07Chief Boatswain Frederick Ross Hazard, USN11 February 1913
    08CDR Charles Edwin Reordan, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 190913 April 1917
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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