Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online:
Gunboat Photo Archive

Pampanga (PG 39)



Call sign:
George - Rush - Boy - Pup


Pampanga served both the U. S. Navy and Army


Pampanga served the Navies of Spain and the United States.

Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down in March 1887 for the Spanish Navy as Pampanga at Manila Ship Co., Cavite, Philippines
  • Launched in February 1888
  • Captured by the U.S. Army at Manila Bay in June 1898
  • Commissioned USS Pampanga, 8 June 1898
  • Turned over to the Navy 9 November 1899 and outfitted at Cavite Naval Yard
  • Decommissioned 30 April 1907 at Cavite Navy Yard
  • Loaned to U.S. Army 31 December 1908
  • Returned to Navy custody 11 November 1910
  • Recommissioned 12 April 1911
  • Decommissioned 31 May 1915 at Olongapo, Philippines
  • Recommissioned 3 January 1916 at Hong Kong
  • Decommissioned
  • Recommissioned 15 August 1917
  • Designated PG-39, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 6 November 1928
  • Sunk as a target 21 November 1928 off the China coast by USS Asheville (PG-21) and USS Sacramento (PG-19).

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 243 t.
  • Length 121'
  • Length between perpendiculars 115' 3"
  • Beam 17' 10"
  • Draft 7' 6"
    1921 - 6' 6"
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 30
    1921 - 32
  • Armament: One 6-pounder and three 3-pounders
    1905 - One 6-pounder, three 3-pounders, two 1-pounders and two Colt machine guns
    1911 - Four 3-pounder rapid fire mounts and two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
    1918 - Four 3-pounders
  • Propulsion: One single ended Scotch boiler, two 125ihp vertical compound engines, two shafts.
    Click on thumbnail
    for full size image
    Size Image Description Source
    Pampanga 127k . Robert M. Cieri
    Pampanga 114k Olongapo Naval Station, Philippines. View of the waterfront, circa 1914-1916. Ships present are (from left to right): USS Monadnock (Monitor No. 3); USS Monterey (Monitor No. 6); USS Bainbridge (Destroyer No. 1); USS Decatur (Destroyer No. 5); Pampanga; and USS Piscataqua (later - AT 49).
    Collection of C.A. Shively, 1978.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 88559
    Naval Historical Center
    Pampanga 84k High and dry at low water on the West River
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Fred Rounsville Payne, USN9 November 1899 - 28 February 1900
    02LT Montgomery Meigs Taylor, USN - USNA Class of 1890
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (World War I) - Retired as Admiral
    27 February 1900 - 18 June 1902
    03ENS Oscar Fleet Cooper, USN1902 - 28 January 1906
    04ENS Henry David Cooke, USN - USNA Class of 1903
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Purple Heart (1943) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    28 January 1906 - 16 March 1906
    05Midshipman William Oscar Spears, USN16 March 1906
    06LTJG Charles Armijo Woodruff, USN12 April 1911
    07LTJG Julian Burton Timberlake, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 191312 July 1915
    08LT Herbert Keeney Fenn, USNSeptember 1917 - 1918
    09LT Earl Winfield Spencer, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 19101923
    10LT Leland Pearson Lovette, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral1923 - 12 June 1924
    11LCDR Greene Williams Dugger, USN12 June 1924
    12LT Stanley Cook Norton, USN12 June 1924 - 15 June 1926
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    View the Pampanga (PG-39)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back to the Patrol Craft/Gunboat/Submarine Chaser Index Back to the Patrol Gunboat (PG) Photo Index

    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster

    This page created by Gary P. Priolo and maintained by Joe Radigan
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History