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San Bernardino (PG 59)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - William - Oboe

Patrol Gunboat:

  • Laid down as Vanda 2 February 1928 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine for Ernest B. Dane of Brookline, MA
  • Launched 3 October 1928
  • Delivered 22 April 1929
  • Acquired by the Navy 20 January 1942
  • Converted to a Patrol Gunboat by Thames Shipyard, Inc.of New London, CT and commissioned San Bernardino (PG 59), 2 June 1942
  • Decommissioned 4 January 1946
  • Struck from the Navy Register 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal 15 October 1946
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,768 t.
  • Length 240' 2"
  • Beam 36' 4"
  • Draft 15' 11"
  • Speed 17 kts.
  • Complement 107
  • Armament: Two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts and two 40mm mounts
  • Propulsion: Two 3,000bhp Cooper Bessemer diesel engines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Vanda 66k 3 October 1928
    Ed LaPointe
    Vanda 167k c. 1928
    Bath Iron Works photo
    Joe Radigan

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