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Erie (PG-50)

Sunk 5 December 1942

Erie Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down in December 1934 at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, NY
  • Launched 29 January 1936
  • Commissioned 1 July 1936
  • Beached 12 November 1942 at Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-163
  • Capsized and sank, 5 December 1942 after being towed to Willenstad, Curaçao
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 July 1943
  • Salvaged in 1952 and her hulk sunk in deeper water.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 2,000 t.
  • Length 328' 6"
  • Beam 41' 3"
  • Draft 14' 10"
  • Speed 20 kts.
  • Complement 243
  • Armament: Four 6"/47 gun mounts, two quad 1.1" machine guns, two 3-pounders and one aircraft
  • Propulsion: Two Babcock & Wilcox boilers, two Parsons geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Erie (PG 50)
    Erie 357k 15 April 1936
    New York (Brooklyn) Navy Yard, New York
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    USS Erie (PG 50)
    Erie 116k Commissioning day postcard, postmarked 1 July 1936, USS Erie Tommy Trampp
    Erie 205k 1 July 1936
    Commissioning ceremony at New York (Brooklyn) Navy Yard, New York
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Erie 404k 5 October 1936
    New York Navy Yard, New York City, New York
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Erie 321k 19 October 1936
    Off the New York Navy Yard, New York City, New York
    Library of Congress photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Erie 32k . .
    Erie 370k Aerial starboard bow view of Erie underway in May 1940
    National Archives photo 80-G-466205
    Robert Hurst
    Erie 362k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: Underway after completion of long range battle practice, off Coco Solo, C.Z. on April 7, 1938
    National Archives photo 80-G-413975
    Original photo: Robert Hurst
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    Erie 142k c. 1936
    Photo courtesy of Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York
    Darryl Baker
    Erie 148k c. October 1936
    Departing Brooklyn, NY for her shakedown cruise
    Photo by Wide World Photos, Inc., New York, NY
    Erie 125k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: 18 December 1936
    Photo caption:
    VESSEL FIRED ON BY WARSHIP

    The State Department confirmed today, (Dec. 18), reports that the U.S.S. Erie (shown above), had been fired on by an unidentified Spanish warship near the port of Gijon, Spain
    Acme Newspictures, Inc. photo

    Original photo: Joe Radigan
    Replacement photo: Tommy Trampp
    Erie 299k Naval Ship Cover postmarked 1 July 1937 Norfolk, VA
    Cachet by Norwood B. Scatchard, West Chester, PA. Draw by Richard Buchwald, Cleveland, OH
    Tommy Trampp
    Erie 199k 3 August 1937
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 54265
    Mike Green
    Erie 65k c. May 1940
    U.S. Navy photo
    Dan Driver
    Erie 44k c. 1941
    Erie 229k Original photo: U.S. Navy photo
    Replacement photo: Port quarter view while moored at Balboa, Canal Zone, in early November 1942. Note movie screen on fantail and OS2U Kingfisher observation plane amidships
    National Archives photo 19-N-36104
    Original photo: Tom Kermen
    Replacement photo: Mike Green
    Erie 200k Moored at Balboa, Canal Zone, in early November 1942
    National Archives photo 19-N-36105
    Mike Green
    Erie 64k 2 December 1942
    Willemstad, Curaçao

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Edward William Hanson, USN - USNA Class of 1911
    Awarded two Navy Crosses (1917/1943) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1 July 1936 - 27 April 1937
    02CDR Allen W. Ashbrook, USN27 April 1937 - 1940
    03CDR Andrew Robert Mack, USN - USNA Class of 1917
    Awarded the Silver Star (1942) and the Legion of Merit (1944) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1940 - 5 December 1942
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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