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Samar (PG 41)

Call sign:
George - Rush - Have - Jig

Samar served the Navies of Spain and the United States.

Arayat Class Gunboat:

  • The first Samar was laid down in March 1887 by the Manila Ship Co., Canacao, Philippine Islands for the Spanish Navy
  • Launched in November 1887
  • Captured during the Spanish-American War at Zamboanga, Philippines by the U.S. Army
  • Acquired by the U. S. Navy 9 November 1899
  • Commissioned USS Samar 26 May 1899
  • Decommissioned 23 September 1901 at Cavite, Luzon, Philippines
  • Recommissioned 19 June 1902
  • Decommissioned 22 August 1904 at Cavite
  • Recommissioned 11 March 1908
  • Designated PG-41, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 6 September 1920 at Cavite
  • Sold 11 January 1921
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 243 t.
  • Length 121'
  • Beam 17' 10"
  • Draft 7' 6"
  • Speed 10.5 kts.
  • Complement 28
  • Armament: One 6-pounder, one 3-pounder, and two 1-pounders
    1905 - Added two Colt machine guns
    1911 - Four 3-pounder rapid fire mounts and two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: One single ended Scotch boiler, two 250ihp vertical compound engines, two shafts.
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    Samar 122k Moored in the Dagupan River, Luzon, Philippines, c. 1899-1900. Tropical awnings [are rigged] for protection against sun and rain (especially as the crew often slept on deck owing to the heat), laundry hanging out to dry, and the fishing village in the background. A sign of her rough service is the poor state of the funnel and hull, both in need of painting.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 44046
    Naval Historical Center
    Samar 104k Anchored in Chinese waters, c. 1913-14. Awnings still in use, the trim paint job and the ship "dressed up and over" with flags.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 91362

    Commanding Officers
    01ENS George C. Day, USN26 May 1899 - December 1899
    02ENS Henry C. Mustin, USNDecember 1899
    03ENS John A. Schofield, USN1901
    04LT Montgomery Meigs Taylor, USN - USNA Class of 1890
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (World War I) - Retired as Admiral
    19 June 1902
    05ENS Reed M. Fawell, USN11 March 1908
    06LTJG Edward Davis Washburn, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Retired as Captain
    21 June 1911
    07LT Samuel Wilder King, USN1915
    08ENS Julian Burton Timberlake, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 191312 July 1915
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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    DANFS history entry located on the Naval Historical Center website

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