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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.

    Specifications:

  • 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 Calvin Day, USN - USNA Class of 1892
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1919) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    26 May 1899 - December 1899
    02ENS Henry Croskey "Rum" Mustin, USN - USNA Class of 1896December 1899 - September 1900
    03ENS John Anderson Schofield, USN - USNA Class of 1900September 1900 - 23 September 1901
    04LT Eugene Leo Bisset, USN - USNA Class of 189317 October 1901
    05LT Montgomery Meigs Taylor, USN - USNA Class of 1890
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    19 June 1902 - 13 February 1904
    06LT Cyrus Robinson Miller, USN - USNA Class of 1897
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    13 February 1904 - 11 March 1908
    07ENS Reed Marquette Fawell, USN - USNA Class of 190511 March 1908 - 15 April 1909
    08ENS William Callender Irvine Stiles, USN - USNA Class of 190615 April 1909 - 1910
    09LT Nelson Henry Goss, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Captain
    1910 - 21 June 1911
    10LTJG Edward Davis Washburn, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1906
    Retired as Captain
    21 June 1911
    11LTJG Grattan Colley Dichman, USN - USNA Class of 19071912
    12LT Samuel Wilder King, USN - USNA Class of 191012 July 1915 - 12 October 1916
    13ENS Julian Burton Timberlake, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 191312 October 1916
    14LT Otto Nimitz, USN - Retired as Captain1918 - 1919
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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