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Jamestown (AGP 3)

Call sign:
Nan - Baker - Fox - Charlie


Patrol Gunboat/Motor Torpedo Boat Tender:

  • Built in 1928 as the steel-hulled yacht Savarona at Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington DE
  • Renamed Alder in 1929
  • Acquired by the Navy 6 December 1940 at New York, NY
  • Converted to a Patrol Gunboat at the Fletcher Division Shipyard, Bethlehem Steel Corp., Hoboken, NJ
  • Commissioned USS Jamestown (PG-55), 26 May 1941
  • Reclassified as a Motor Torpedo Boat Tender, AGP-3, 13 January 1943
  • Decommissioned 6 March 1946 at San Francisco, CA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 20 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 4 September 1946
    Naval Vessel Register of 1 January 1949 lists transfer to War Shipping Administration as December 1946
  • Sold 16 December 1946 to Belfour and Gutrie and Co., Ltd.
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 2,250 t.
  • Length 294'
  • Beam 38' 2"
  • Draft 16'
  • Speed 15 kts.
  • Complement 259
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts and six 20mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 3,000shp Cooper Bessemer diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Yacht Alder
    Jamestown 113k Oil painting by Luca Papaluca Maunsel White
    USS Jamestown (PG 55)
    Jamestown 43k . Gunter Krebs
    Jamestown 367k 24 April 1941
    At the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hoboken, NJ for her initial conversion to a naval vessel. Although the ship was acquired in early December 1940, little if any conversion work appears to have been accomplished by late April 1941
    National Archives photo 19-N-23950
    Original photo: Naval Historical Center
    Replacement photo: Michael Mohl
    Jamestown 307k 24 April 1941
    At the Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Hoboken, NJ
    National Archives photo from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Jamestown 170k Tending PT boats at the New York Navy Yard on 11 October 1941 (PT-37 is in the lower right). Jamestown is unarmed and has few visibile military fittings.
    National Archives photo 19-N-25720
    Naval Historical Center
    Jamestown 121k At the New York Navy Yard on 23 July 1942, where she had gone to receive modifications for service in the Pacific
    National Archives photo 19-N-32984
    USS Jamestown (AGP 3)
    Jamestown 26k . .
    AGP-3 75k c. 1943
    U.S. Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Jamestown 75k Moored to a buoy, probably after completion of the overhaul she received at San Pedro, Calif. between February and July 1944. During this overhaul six 20mm AA guns, visible in the photo, were added to her armament. She is wearing camouflage Measure 31 Design 11P, which was designed for her in June 1944.
    National Archives photo 19-N-70864
    Naval Historical Center

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Andrew Petrie Lawton, USN26 May 1941 - 1942
    02LCDR Charles Black Beasley, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1942 - 1 February 1943
    03LCDR Joseph Allen Edward O'Handley, USN1 February 1943 - April 1945
    04LT J. C. Dean, USNApril 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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