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Isla de Luzon


Isla de Luzon served the Navies of Spain, the United States, the Louisiana Naval Militia and the Illinois Naval Militia.

Isla de Cuba Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down in 1887 by Sir W. G. Armstrong, Newcastle on Tyne, England for the Spanish Navy
  • Captured in 1898 in the Philippines
  • Commissioned USS Isla de Luzon 11 April 1900
  • Loaned to the Louisiana Naval Militia 6 December 1907 and later to the Illinois Naval Militia as a training ship
  • Decommissioned 15 February 1919
  • Struck from the Navy list 23 July 1919
  • Sold 10 March 1920 to the Bahama and West Indies Trading Co. of Nassau, British West Indies and renamed Reviver
  • Sold in 1923 to Bahama Salvors, Ltd. of Nassau
  • Scrapped in 1931.

    Specifications:

  • Displacement 1,020 t.
  • Length 195'
  • Beam 30'
  • Draft 11' 4"
  • Speed 11.23 kts.
  • Complement 137
    1914 - 145
  • Armament: Four 4" mounts and three torpedo tubes
    1905 - Four 4" mounts, four 6-pounders and four .30 cal. machine guns
    1911 - Four 4"/40 rapid fire mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts, two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and added two temporary 3-pounder rapid fire mounts
  • Propulsion: Two straight-away cylinderical boilers, two 267.5ihp horizontal triple expansion engines, two shafts.
    Reboilered with Babcock and Wilcox water tube boilers with two tall, thin smokestacks, probably between 1908 and 1911
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    Isla de Luzon
    Isla de Luzon 82k Lying calmly at anchor. Her peacetime Spanish paint scheme, with her black hull is clearly evident
    Photos and text from Spanish American War Centennial website
    Robert Hurst
    Isla de Luzon 125k Barcelona, Spain
    Photographed circa the later 1880s
    Photo by Miquel Matorrodona, Barcelona
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 53277
    Isla de Luzon 127k Wreck of the Isla de Luzon, photographed sometime after the battle
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 902941
    Isla de Luzon 64k The hulk of the gunboat Isla de Luzon after the battle of Manila Bay. She lies with her keel sitting on the shallow bottom
    Photos and text from Spanish American War Centennial website
    Isla de Luzon 112k The hulk of the gunboat Isla de Luzon after the battle of Manila Bay. Her deck is awash, but otherwise has little apparent damage
    Photos and text from Spanish American War Centennial website
    USS Isla de Luzon
    Isla de Luzon 118k c. 1905
    Detroit Photographic Co. photo 021720 from the Library of Congress photo No. LC-D4-21720
    Mike Green
    Isla de Luzon 96k c. 1905
    Photo from U.S. Warships of World War One, by P.H. Silverstone
    Robert Hurst
    Isla de Luzon 53k . Historical Collections of the Great Lakes

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