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Sacramento (PG 19)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Victor - Jig

ex-Gunboat No. 19

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

Sacramento Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down 30 April 1913 by William Cramp and Sons Shipbuilding Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched, 21 February 1914
  • Commissioned USS Sacramento, Gunboat No.19, 26 April 1914
  • Designated PG-19, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 6 February 1946 at Suisun Bay, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 March 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration for disposal 23 August 1947, sold for mercantile service, initially operating under Italian registry and renamed Fermina
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,529 t.
  • Length 226' 2"
  • Length between perpendiculars 210'
  • Beam 40' 10½"
  • Draft 12' 1"
    1921 - 11' 6"
  • Speed 12 kts.
    1921 - 12.78 kts.
  • Complement 171
    1921 - 163
  • Armament: Two 4"/50 gun mounts and four 3"/50 dual purpose mounts
    1921 - Three 4"/50 mounts, two 3-pounders and two 1-pounders
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock and Wilcox boilers, one 1,022shp William Cramp and Son vertical triple-expansion engines, one shaft.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Sacramento 60k - The Yangtze Patrol website
    Sacramento 131k - Darryl Baker
    Sacramento 87k c. 1919
    Serving in Northern Russia.
    Imperial War Museum photo
    Courtesy U.S. Warships of World War I
    Mike Green
    Sacramento 34k c. 1919
    Off Archangel, Russia
    Serving in Northern Russia
    Courtesy of Todd Woofenden
    The Sub Chaser Archives
    Sacramento 68k c. 1919 Robert Hurst
    Sacramento 61k c. 1920.
    In dry dock, Charleston, SC.
    Vance A. Adams
    Sacramento 92k
    Sacramento 113k
    Sacramento 113k c. 1920.
    Sacramento, USS Robin (AM 2), and USS Asheville (PG 21) at Charleston, SC.
    Sacramento 41k c. 1920.
    At Gibralter.
    Sacramento 88k c. 1923
    In Chinese waters
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States in China, 1925-1928" by Bernard D. Cole.
    Robert Hurst
    Sacramento 180k 4 July 1924
    Shanghai, China
    Robert M. Cieri
    Sacramento 202k U.S. Navy photo from the 1924 edition of Jane's Fighting Ships Derick S. Hartshorn
    Sacramento 112k Off Tsingtao, China, during the 1920s or 1930s. Several U.S. Navy submarines are in the foreground, among them USS S-39 (SS-144), the outboard boat in the nest.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 101685
    Naval Historical Center
    Sacramento 158k Lieutenant (Junior Grade) John D. Bulkeley, USN, (seated, center) with the men of the ship's "E" Division, at Shanghai, China, 15 February 1938. Seated to the right of Lt (j.g.) Bulkeley is Chief Machinist's Mate Herman W. Koch, USN. USS Bridge (AF-1) is in the left background.
    Photographed by Skvirsky, Shanghai
    Courtesy of Mr. R.W. Koch, 1976
    Naval Historical Center photo NH 84944
    Bill Gonyo
    Sacramento 42k c. 1939
    Leaving Manila Bay for home.
    Photo taken by the USS Augusta's ship's photographer
    Jim McGrew
    Sacramento 31k
    Sacramento 359k c. 1939
    Photo from the 1943/1944 edition of Janes Fighting Ships
    Robert Hurst
    Sacramento 37k c. 1940
    Line drawing
    Avocet 335k 7 December 1941
    Position of Sacramento and other ships at Pearl Harbor.
    Map courtesy of National Geographic Book Division
    Joe Radigan
    Sacramento 57k c. 1939/1940 Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Luke McNamee, USN26 April 1914
    02CDR Roscoe Carlyle Bulmer, USN - USNA Class of 18943 August 1914
    03CDR C. C. Dowling, USN1919
    04CDR Donald Cameron Bingham, USN20 November 1920
    05CDR Frank Jack Fletcher, USN - Retired as Admiral17 October 1922
    06CDR Robert Carlisle Giffen, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral25 June 1927 - 6 July 1929
    07CDR Homer Hine Norton, USN1 January 1932
    08CDR Audley Lyne Warburton, USN - Retired as Rear AdmiralDecember 1941
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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