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Luzon (PR 7)
ex-PG-47


Luzon served the Navies of the United States and Imperial Japan.

Shallow-draft River Gunboat:

  • Laid down 20 November 1926 by Kiangnan Docking and Engineering Works, Shanghai, China
  • Launched 12 September 1927
  • Commissioned USS Luzon (PG-47), 1 June 1928
  • Reclassified as a River Gunboat, PR-7, 15 June 1928
  • Scuttled in Manila Bay, Philippines to prevent capture 6 May 1942
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 May 1942
  • Salvaged by Japan and renamed IJNS Karatsu
  • Sunk 3 March 1944 by USS Narwhal (SS-167).

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 500 t.
  • Length 210' 9"
  • Beam 31'
  • Draft 6' (mean)
  • Speed 16 kts.
  • Complement 80
  • Armament: Two 3"/23 gun mounts and ten .30 cal. Lewis machine guns
  • Propulsion: Two 950hp triple expansion steam engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Luzon 162k 21 May 1928
    Off Woosung, China
    Conducting standardization trials (18.29 kts.)
    National Archives photo
    Robert Hurst
    Luzon 38k U.S. Naval Institute photo
    Dudley Knox Library
    Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey Ca.,
    Yangtze River Patrol Memorial Exhibit
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    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR George Johnston McMillin, USN1 June 1928 - 7 June 1929
    02LCDR Samuel Sylvester Thurston, USN7 June 1929
    03CDR Wilbur Joshua Carver, USN3 July 1931
    04CDR James Grady Ware, USN1932
    05LCDR William Moultrie Moses, USN1936
    06LCDR Arthur DeLancey Ayrault, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1938
    07LCDR Wilfred E. Lankenau, USN1939
    08LCDR George Magruder Brooke, USN - Awarded the Navy Cross (Posthumously 1942)1940 - 6 May 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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