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Newport (IX 19)
ex-Newport (PG 12)

Call sign (1920):
George - Quack - Watch - Jig

ex-Newport, Gunboat No. 12

Call sign (1912):
Nan - Mike - Have

Newport served the U. S. Navy and the States of New York, and Massachusetts

Annapolis Class Gunboat:

  • Laid down in March 1896 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Launched 5 December 1896
  • Delivered 27 June 1897
  • Commissioned USS Newport, Gunboat No. 12, 5 October 1897
  • Decommissioned 7 September 1898
  • Recommissioned 1 May 1900
  • Decommissioned 1 December 1902 at Boston, MA
  • Recommissioned 15 May 1903
  • Decommissioned 17 November 1906
  • Loaned to the Massachusetts Naval Militia 2 June 1907
  • Reassigned to the New York Public Marine School 27 October 1907
  • Returned to Navy control in June 1918
  • Reassigned to continue duty as a New York State training ship 26 July 1918
  • Designated PG-12, 17 July 1920
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-19, 1 July 1921
  • Struck from the Naval Register 12 October 1931
  • Turned over to the city of Aberdeen, Washington, in 1934 for further use as a training ship
  • Fate unknown.


  • Displacement 1,153 t.
    1921 - 1,010 t.
  • Length 204' 5"
  • Beam 36'
  • Draft 12' 9"
    1921 - 12'
  • Speed 12.8 kts.
  • Complement 156
  • Armament: One 4" gun, two 3" guns and two 6-pounders
    1905 - Six 4" rapid fire mounts, four 6-pounder rapid fire mounts, two 1-pounder rapid fire mounts and one .30 cal. Colt machine gun
  • Propulsion: Two single-ended cylindrical boilers, one 1,009hp vertical triple expansion steam engine and sail, one shaft.
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    USS Newport (Gunboat No. 12)
    Newport 87k Oil on canvas by an unidentified artist
    Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC
    U.S. Navy photo NH 83804 KN
    Naval Historical Center
    Newport 42k New York State
    Maritime Academy Museum
    Newport 544k Print entitled "Making an American Sailor" depicting various aspects of life aboard the training ship Newport Robert Hurst
    Newport 229k Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Newport 190k c. 1897
    Brooklyn Navy Yard
    Left to right: New York (Armored Cruiser No. 2), Iowa (Battleship No. 4) (in background), Newport, and Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser No. 3)
    © Photo by William H. Rau
    Ron Reeves
    Newport 83k Operating with the Atlantic Fleet on 7 November 1906, ten days before being decommissioned [for the third time]
    Photo PC047.02.4350.17536 from the Historic New England, Nathaniel L. Stebbins photographic collection
    Mike Green
    Newport 144k c. 1910
    Plymouth, England
    Tommy Trampp
    Newport 131k In Dry Dock No. 2 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1915. USS Ohio (Battleship No. 12) is also in the dry dock, forward of Newport. Ship in the right background is USS Raleigh (Cruiser No. 8).
    Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932
    U.S. Navy Photo NH 59443
    Naval Historical Center
    Newport 144k 10 August 1915
    Left to right: USS Intrepid (Receiving ship Mare Island and out of commission), USS Cheyenne (Sub Tender, H-1 and H-2 are just visible along side), USS Ohio (head of dry dock), New York State Nautical School Ship Newport (rear of dry dock), and USS Raleigh (far right at the pier)
    Darryl Baker
    Newport 153k 10 August 1915
    In Dry Dock No. 2 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California
    Newport 33k c. 1917 Tommy Trampp
    Newport 114k Training ship Newport, Gunboat No. 12
    Library of Congress photo LC-B2- 2015-6
    Mike Green
    USS Newport (IX 19)
    Newport 215k c. 1921/1931
    Hamburg, Germany
    David Asprey

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Benjamin Franklin Tilley, USN - USNA Class of 1866
    The first Acting-Governor of American Samoa (April 1900 - November 1901) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    5 October 1897 - August 1898
    02CDR Albert Mertz, USN - USNA Class of 1872 - Retired as Rear Admiral15 May 1903
    03CDR Gustavs Charles Hands, USN - USNA Class of 18712 June 1907
    04CAPT Edwin Hord Tillman, USN - USNA Class of 18791912
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Joe Radigan

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