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Wheeling (IX 28)

Call sign:
Nan - Item - Roger - Peter

ex-Gunboat No. 14

Call sign (1919):
George - Rush - Nan - Fox

Wheeling Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down 11 April 1896 at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Launched 18 March 1897
  • Commissioned USS Wheeling, Gunboat No. 14, 10 August 1897
  • Decommissioned 23 January 1901 at Mare Island
  • Recommissioned 26 February 1902
  • Decommissioned 1 July 1904 at Bremerton, WA and laid up at Puget Sound Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned 3 May 1910
  • Designated PG-14, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-28, 21 January 1923
  • Placed out of service 13 February 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 March 1946
  • Sold for scrap 5 October 1946.


  • Displacement 990 t.(fl)
  • Length 189' 7"
  • Beam 34'
  • Draft 12' 10"
    1921 - 12'
  • Speed 12 kts.
  • Complement 140
  • Armament: Six 4" gun mounts, four 6-pounder rifles, two 1-pounders and one Colt machine gun
    1911 - Six 4"/40 rapid fire mounts, four 3-pounder rapid fire mounts and two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended cylinderical boilers, one 1080ihp verticle triple expansion steam engine, sail area 3,997 sq.ft., one shaft
    1921 - One 1,063ihp verticle triple expansion steam engine.

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    Wheeling (Gunboat No. 14)
    Wheeling 143k Line drawing from Transactions of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Vol. 3, 1895. Robb Jensen collection Robb Jensen
    Wheeling 143k c. 1896
    Under construction at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California
    National Archives photo 19-N-12-27-1
    Mike Green
    USS Wheeling (Gunboat No. 14)
    Wheeling 315k 10 August 1897
    Mare Island
    Commissioning day
    U.S. Navy photo PG 14 10Aug1897
    Darryl Baker
    Wheeling 114k At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa August 1897.
    Photo from the William H. Topley Collection, courtesy of Charles M. Loring, Napa, CA, 1972.
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 76101
    Robert Hurst
    Wheeling 275k 10 September 1897
    Mare Island Channel
    Commissioning day
    U.S. Navy photo PG 14 10Sep1897
    Darryl Baker
    Wheeling 270k c. 1901
    Mare Island sea wall
    Her mast and much of her topside equipment have been removed
    Wheeling 262k
    Wheeling 235k
    Wheeling 393k
    Wheeling 201k c. March 1902
    Mare Island
    Wheeling 332k
    Wheeling 277k
    Wheeling 190k
    Wheeling 439k 27 January 1911
    Portsmouth, NH
    Library of Congress photo
    Bill Gonyo
    Wheeling 60k Photo by Fons from the 1919 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Robert Hurst
    USS Wheeling (IX 28)
    Wheeling 68k New York Gunter Krebs
    Wheeling 140k 9 July 1943
    Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
    Wheeling, seen over the bow of Iowa (BB 61) while serving as a Barracks Ship for PT boat crews
    National Archives photo 19-N-48464
    John Chiquoine
    Wheeling 138k 3 September 1943
    Brooklyn Navy Yard, NY
    Wheeling, seen with PT-382 and PT-383 alongside while serving as Barracks Ship for PT boats
    National Archives photo 19-LCM-dd620

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Uriel Sebree, USN - USNA Class of 1867
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    10 August 1897
    02CDR Albert Reynolds Couden, USN - USNA Class of 1867
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    14 May 1900
    03CDR Edmund Beardsley Underwood, USN - USNA Class of 187319 February 1903 - 7 July 1904
    04CDR Edward W. Eberle, USN - USNA Class of 1885
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal - Retired as Admiral
    3 May 1910 - 1912
    05LT William Donaldson Greetham, USN20 July 1914
    06CDR Edward Howe Watson, USN - USNA Class of 1895
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) - Retired as Captain
    15 June 1915
    07CAPT Hugo Wilson Osterhaus, USN - USNA Class of 1869
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1920) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    08CDR Lewis Broughton Porterfield, USN - USNA Class of 1902
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    09CDR John H. Blackburn, USN1919
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Joe Radigan and Ron Reeves

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