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Berceau (YFB-3)
ex Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15)

Talbot Class Torpedo Boat
  • Laid down, 8 April 1897, at Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I.
  • Launched, 14 November 1897
  • Commissioned USS Talbot (Torpedo Boat No. 15), 4 April 1898, LTjg. William R. Shoemaker in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 February 1904 and attached to the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at Norfolk
  • Recommissioned, 31 August 1906
  • Decommissioned, 1 Mary 1912, retained in service as a ferryboat for service between Washington Navy Yard and the naval facilities at Indian Head, MD.
  • Renamed Berceau, 11 April 1918 and reclassified a ferry boat
  • Designated YFB-3, 17 July 1920
  • Placed out of service 18 June 1940, and towed to Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1944
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, date unknown
    Torpedo Boat Specifications:
    Displacement 46.5 t.
    Length 99' 6"
    Beam 12' 6"
    Draft 3' 3"
    Speed 21/5 kts..
    Complement 16
    Torpedo Boat
    one 1-pdr.
    two 18" torpedo tubes
    Yard Ferryboat
    Propulsion coal-fired steam engine

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    Mohawk 79k The torpedo boat Talbot is the fourth vessel on the left of this Norfolk Navy Yard scene in the autumn of 1907. Ships at left are (from front to rear):
    Hopkins (Destroyer # 6);
    Lawrence (Destroyer # 8);
    Hull (Destroyer # 7);
    Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15) and Moccasin (Submarine # 5). The latter two are hauled out on the marine railway. Stewart (Destroyer # 13) is in the right foreground. Ahead of her are a torpedo boat, a barge and the tug Mohawk. Three battleships are docked beyond them, with Iowa (Battleship # 4) furthest to the right.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-60-10-20 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center

    View the Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15) / Berceau (YFB-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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