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|84k||John Gunnell Talbot, born on 16 August 1844 at Danbury, Kentucky, was appointed a midshipman in 1862 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy on 12 June 1866. Commissioned ensign on 12 March 1868, Talbot attained the rank of master on 26 March 1869 and of lieutenant on 21 March 1870. He was serving as executive officer of Saginaw when that steamer grounded on a reef off Ocean Island in the mid-Pacific on 29 October 1870 and broke up. Lieutenant Talbot and four men volunteered to go to Honolulu, the nearest port, some 1,500 miles away, for help. The men began the voyage in an open boat on 18 November and reached Kauai, Hawaii, on 19 December. However, as the party attempted to get through the heavy surf to shore, their boat capsized. Talbot and three others drowned while attempting to swim through the rough breakers to shore. The lone survivor reported the wreck of Saginaw, and her crew was saved.||Bill Gonyo|
|107k||Undated, location unknown.||Mike Mohl|
|160k||Undated, crewmen aboard USS Talbot load one of her deck tubes with an 18-inch Whitehead torpedo.|
Image courtesy Collier's Weekly.
|181k||A grease-coated Whitehead torpedo is eased into USS Talbot's aft tube. Undated period postcard.|
Image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.
|64k||USS Talbot photographed circa 1898, with the signature of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz who commanded Talbot on 06 and 16 July 1909 for special operations while still commanding the USS Plunger (Submarine No. 2).|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo photo 58112 (NH 63733 is the same photo without the signature).
|Terry Miller, Executive Director, Tin Can Sailors Inc.|
|74k||USS Talbot underway, circa the early 1900s.|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 63732
|234k||USS Talbot at the New York Navy Yard, November 1900. The armoured cruiser New York (ACR-2) is in the background.|
National Archives photo 19-N-15-15-4
|234k||USS Talbot under tow by a steam launch, at the New York Navy Yard, November 1900.|
National Archives photo 19-N-15-15-5
|147k||An experimental Whitehead Mk. III torpedo is fired from the Newport Torpedo Station's east dock, 1904. Photograph by R.G. Skerret.|
Image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V.Simpson.
|163k||USS Talbot fires a Whitehead Mk. III broadside from her moorings at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, RI, 1906. NTS photo.|
Image and text from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.
|65k||Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia. Torpedo boats of the Atlantic Fleet Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1907. Most of these craft are partially dismantled. The two boats in the front right and the one in the front left (listed in no particular order) are: USS Bagley (TB-24), USS Barney (TB-25) and USS Biddle (TB-26). The two larger boats between them, in the foreground are (left to right): USS DuPont (TB-7) and USS Porter (TB- 6). The three boats in the back row are (left to right): One of the three Torpedo Boat No. 3 class (Foote, Rodgers or Winslow), USS Cushing (TB-1) and either USS Gwin (TB-16) or USS Talbot (TB-15). The receiving ship USS Franklin (1867-1915) and a two-masted schooner are in the distance.|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 100042, courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984.
|80k||Berceau (YFB-3) moored at Washington Navy Yard, probably in the 1930s. Ted Stone photo.||George Schneider|
|01||LT(jg) William Rawle Shoemaker (USNA 1884)||04 April 1898 - ????|
|02||LT(jg) John Sehon Doddridge (USNA 1893)||07 July 1899 - ????|
|02||LT André Morton Proctor (USNA 1893)||07 December 1901 - ????|
Courtesy Bill Gonyo
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