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Basco served the Navies of Spain and the United States.

Gunboat: Built in 1881 as Basco for the Spanish Navy by the Manila Ship Co., Cavite, Philippines; Commissioned USS Basco 2 June 1899; Converted to a tug 15 December 1904; Sold in 1908. Fate unknown.

Specifications: Displacement 61 t.; Length 69' 3"; Beam 12' 7"; Draft 4' 9"; Speed unknown; Complement unknown; Armament one 1-pounder; Propulsion vertical compound engine, one shaft.

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Basco 144k Filipino insurgent surrender, 1902. The first lighter load of insurgents of Filipino General Guevara's army approaching the wharf at 4 pm on 26 May 1902 at Catbalogan, Samar, where they formally surrendered. The insurgent soldiers had been brought to Catbalogan by the collier USS Nanshan and were transferred there to lighters. The small gunboat just beyond the lighter may be Basco, which assisted in the operation. This surrender ended the guerilla warfare in the Philippines that began in 1899.
Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Captain Washington Irving Chambers, donated by Captain E. R. Chambers, 1951.
U.S. Navy photo NH 105298
Naval Historical Center

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