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ex-Callao (PG 37)

Call sign (1912):
Nan - Cast - Xray

Call sign (1919):
George - Sail - Vice - Jig

Callao served the Navies of Spain and the United States


  • The first Callao was laid down in March 1887 as Callao for the Spanish Navy by the Manila Ship Co., Cavite, Philippines
  • Launched in June 1888
  • Captured 12 May 1898 in Manila Bay, Philippines
  • Commissioned USS Callao 31 July 1898
  • Decommissioned 21 February 1901 at Cavite
  • Recommissioned 20 December 1902
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1916 at Hong Kong, BCC and laid up at Olongapo, Luzon, Philippines
  • Designated PG-37, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as a Ferry Boat, YFB-11, 21 June 1921
  • Sold at Manila 13 September 1923
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 243 t.
  • Length 121'
  • Beam 17' 10"
  • Draft 6' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 30
  • Armament: Four 3-pounder rifles and two 1-pounder rifles, changed to one 6-pounder and three 3-pounders
    1905 - One 6-pounder, three 3-pounders, two 1-pounders and one Colt machine gun
    1911 - Four 3-pounder rapid fire mounts and two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
    1914 - Four 3-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: One single ended Scotch boiler, two 250ihp vertical compound engine, two shafts.
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    Commanding Officers
    01LT Benjamin Tappan, USN - USNA Class of 1876
    Awarded the Navy Cross (World War I) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    12 May 1898/Commissioned 2 July 1898 - 1899
    02LT Douglas Eugene Dismukes, USN - USNA Class of 1890
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1920) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    27 April 1904
    03LT Robert W. Henderson, USN1905
    04ENS Guy Whitlock, USN17 December 1905 - 1906
    05ENS Roy Charles Smith, USN - USNA Class of 190523 May 1908
    06ENS Joe Ralph Morrison, USN - USNA Class of 190525 February 1910
    07LT James Waldemar Hayward, USN - USNA Class of 19045 April 1910
    08LT William Louis Beck, USN - USNA Class of 190725 October 1912
    09LT Selah Montrose La Bounty, USN - USNA Class of 19088 June 1914
    10ENS Julian Burton Timberlake, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 191312 December 1915 - 31 January 1916
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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