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Palos (PR 1)
ex-PG-16
ex-Gunboat No. 16



Call sign:
George - Rush - Dog - Cast

River Gunboat:

  • Laid down 28 April 1913 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Dismantled and shipped to Shanghai Dock and Engineering Co., Shanghai, China by October 1913
  • Launched 23 April 1914
  • Commissioned USS Palos, (Gunboat No. 16), 24 June 1914
  • Designated as a Patrol Gunboat, PG-16, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as a River Gunboat, PR-1, 15 June 1928
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 21 May 1937 at Chugking, China
  • Sold for scrap 3 June 1937 to Ming Sung Industrial Co.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 204 t.
  • Length 165 ' 6"
  • Length between perpendiculars 160'
  • Beam 24' 6"
  • Draft 2' 5"
  • Speed 12.25 kts.
    1921 - 13.25 kts.
  • Complement 47
    1918 - 51
    1921 - 49
  • Armament: Two 6-pounders and six .30 cal. Lewis machine guns
    1918 - Two 6-pounders, four .30 cal. machine guns, three .30 cal. Benet-Mercier machine guns and one 3" field gun
    1921 - Two 6-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox box type boilers, two 400ihp vertical compound engines, two shafts.
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    Palos (Gunboat No. 16)
    Palos 305k The keels of the Monocacy (PG 20) and Palos being laid at Mare Island on April 28, 1913. Palos' keel is in the foreground
    U.S. Navy photo PG 20 & 16 4-28-13
    Darryl Baker
    Palos 532k Photo of Palos, on the left, and USS Monocacy (PG 20) shown under construction at Mare Island on 1 June 1913. Photo taken from the building ways crane
    U.S. Navy photo PG 20 & 16 6-1-13
    Palos 366k Photo of Palos, on the left, and USS Monocacy (PG 20) shown under construction at Mare Island on 1 June 1913. Photo taken from the building ways crane
    U.S. Navy photo PG 20 & 16 6-1-13
    Palos 258k Seen from left to right on the waterfront at Mare Island sometime between 18 - 31 July 1913 are Dredge No. 2, YC-29 and 30 on the seawall behind the dredge, and a small steam launch. Dart (YFB 308) and Pinafore (SP 450). The yard's 40 ton dry dock crane is to the right of the dredge. The Palos was on the ways to the left of the cantilever crane and the USS Kanawha (AO 1) is on the ways to the right.
    U.S. Navy photo 5396
    Palos 990k Photo of Palos on the right and Monocacy (PG 20) under construction at Mare Island on 1 August 1913
    U.S. Navy photo PG 20 & 16 8-1-13
    Palos 450k Photo of Palos on the left and Monocacy (PG 20) under construction at Mare Island in September 1913
    U.S. Navy photo PG 20 & 16 September 1913
    Palos 281k 7 May 1914
    Shanghi, China
    National Archives photo
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Palos (PG 16)
    Palos 175k U.S. Navy photo from the 1924 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Derick S. Hartshorn
    Palos 88k Her crew "manning the rail" on Christmas Day, 1924
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo taken from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928
    Robert Hurst
    Isabel 101k U.S. Warships at Hankow, China, at low river level, 1925. Ships are USS Truxtun (DD-229) at left; USS Isabel (PY-10) in center, and USS Palos (PG-16) in the right foreground. Also present are several junks, and a British Cornflower class sloop (partially visible at far right).
    Collection of Captain Glenn Howell, USN.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 80990
    Naval Historical Center
    Palos 117k Original photo: U.S. Naval Institute photo. Dudley Knox Library - Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Ca., Yangtze River Patrol Memorial Exhibit
    Replacement photo: Naval History and Heritage Command photo taken from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928
    Replacement photo: Robert Hurst
    USS Palos (PR 1)
    Palos 81k c. 1930 Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Palos 172k c. 1931
    Line drawing by J. M. Caiella
    Tommy Trampp

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Frank Rorschach, Jr., USN24 June 1914
    02LT George S. Gillespie, USN1917
    03LT John Pierce Bowden, USN5 April 1921
    04LCDR George Wirth Simpson, USN1923
    05CDR John Lienbach Schaffer, USN18 October 1923
    06LCDR Glenn Fletcher Howell, USN1925
    07LCDR Ryland Dillard Tisdale, USN29 July 1927 - 1928
    08LCDR Lewis Joseph Stecher, USN18 June 1931
    09LCDR Albert MacQueen Bledsoe, USN - USNA Class of 1918
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1944) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    1932
    10LCDR Linton Herndon, USN1933
    11LCDR Thomas Greenhow Williams (Tex) Settle, USN - USNA Class of 1919
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1944) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    1934
    12LCDR Charles Antrobus, USN1936
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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