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Nantucket (IX 18)
ex-Nantucket (PG 23)
ex-Nantucket



Call sign:
George - Tare - Fox - Cast

ex-Rockport
ex-Ranger


Nantucket served the United States Navy, and the States of Massachusetts and New York.

Patrol Gunboat:

  • The fourth Ranger was laid down in 1873 by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE
  • Launched in 1876
  • Commissioned USS Ranger 27 November 1876 at the League Island Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Decommissioned 14 September 1891 at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA
  • Recommissioned 26 August 1892
  • Decommissioned 26 November 1895
  • Recommissioned 1 November 1899
  • Decommissioned 11 June 1903 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, CA
  • Recommissioned 30 March 1905
  • Decommissioned 21 June 1905 at Cavite, Philippine Islands
  • Recommissioned 10 August 1908
  • Decommissioned 12 November 1908 at Boston, MA
  • Loaned to the State of Massachusetts as a school ship, 26 April 1909 at the Massachusetts Nautical Training School
  • Renamed Rockport 30 October 1917
  • Renamed Nantucket 20 February 1918
  • Designated PG-23 in 1920
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-18, 1 July 1921 and returned to the State of Massachusetts as a school ship
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 11 November 1940 to be used as a school ship at the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
  • Struck from the Navy Register 30 November 1940
  • Renamed Emery Rice in 1942
  • Scrapped in 1958 by the Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, MD.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,020 t.
    1905 - 1,261 t.
  • Length 177' 4"
    1914 - 199' 9"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 12' 9"
    1905 - 13'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 138
  • Armament: One 11" smooth bore, two 9" smooth bores and one 60-pounder
    1905 - Six 4" rapid fire guns, four 6-pounders and one Colt machine gun
    1921 - Four 4"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Four single-ended cylinderical boilers, one 500ihp horizontal compound steam engine and full rig auxiliary sail, one shaft.
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    USS Ranger
    Enterprise 157k USS Enterprise (1877-1909), at left, and Ranger (1876-1940)
    Drawing by Fred S. Cozzens, published in "Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements", 1897
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 74563
    Robert Hurst
    Ranger 134k c. 1899
    Ranger is moored in mid-channel, at the far left. The Hospital Ship USS Solace, with white hull, and Collier USS Scindia, (later renamed Ajax) at the Mare Island Navy
    Yard, California
    Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1970.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 71719
    Naval Historical Center
    Ranger 120k Drying sails, while moored off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in December 1899. Torpedo boats in the right distance are USS Davis (Torpedo Boat No. 12) and USS Fox (Torpedo Boat No. 13)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 59946
    Robert Hurst
    Ranger 743k c. 1909
    Oil painting of USS Ranger by T.G. Purvis, London, England
    There were two paintings made. One was commissioned by the ship's captain and the other was put up in a drawing for the crew. Samuel J. Miller won the drawing and later passed the painting on to James McGihon, his grandson.
    The family of Samuel J. Miller, Lt. Commander, USCG
    via James R. McGihon
    Ranger 85k 6 July 1913
    Algiers
    Photo from Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860 - 1905
    Robert Hurst
    USS Nantucket (IX 18)
    Nantucket 402k c. 1920s
    National Archives photo
    Robert Jensen
    Nantucket 352k c. 1920
    Boston Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Nantucket 414k 29 April 1928
    Boston Navy Yard
    Massachusetts nautical training ship Nantucket preparing for around the world trip at Charlestown Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Nantucket 327k c. 1932
    Boston Navy Yard
    Training ship Nantucket at Charlestown Navy Yard for a spring cleaning to get ready for trip around the world again this year
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Nantucket 76k c. 1933
    Nantucket with the Massachusetts Nautical School.
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Nantucket 148k 18 January 1937
    Ponta Delgada, Azores
    Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Nantucket 234k c. 1938
    Anchored off the Naval Fuel Depot, East Lamoine, ME
    From the collection of Raymond Strout
    Jonathan Eno
    Nantucket 296k
    Emery Rice
    Ranger 435k 12 February 1958
    Associated Press article
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    Ranger 154k 2 April 1958
    Newspaper article
    Ranger 358k . Tommy Trampp
    Ranger 45k Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
    Steam engine from Emory Rice
    This engine has been designated a National Historic Engineering Landmark by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was cited as "a significant benchmark in the evolution of marine steam power plants."
    Merchant Marine Academy photo

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR H. D. Manley, USN27 November 1876
    ??LCDR George Cook Reiter, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1890
    ??CDR Wells Laflin Field, Sr., USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1 November 1899
    ??CDR William Parker Potter, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral11 November 1901
    ??LTJG Alfred Hart Miles, USN1915
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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