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Nantucket (IX 18)
ex-Nantucket (PG 23)

Call sign:
George - Tare - Fox - Cast


Call sign (1912):
Nan - Rush - Cast

Nantucket served the United States Navy, and the States of Massachusetts and New York

Patrol Gunboat:

  • The fourth Ranger was laid down in 1873 by Harlan and Hollingsworth, Wilmington, DE
  • Launched in 1876
  • Commissioned USS Ranger 27 November 1876 at the League Island Naval Shipyard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Decommissioned 14 September 1891 at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA
  • Recommissioned 26 August 1892
  • Decommissioned 26 November 1895
  • Recommissioned 1 November 1899
  • Decommissioned 11 June 1903 at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, CA
  • Recommissioned 30 March 1905
  • Decommissioned 21 June 1905 at Cavite, Philippine Islands
  • Recommissioned 10 August 1908
  • Decommissioned 12 November 1908 at Boston, MA
  • Loaned to the State of Massachusetts as a school ship, 26 April 1909 at the Massachusetts Nautical Training School
  • Renamed Rockport 30 October 1917
  • Renamed Nantucket 20 February 1918
  • Designated PG-23 in 1920
  • Reclassified as an Unclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary, IX-18, 1 July 1921 and returned to the State of Massachusetts as a school ship
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission 11 November 1940 to be used as a school ship at the Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
  • Struck from the Navy Register 30 November 1940
  • Renamed Emery Rice in 1942
  • Scrapped in 1958 by the Boston Metals Co. of Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 1,020 t.
    1905 - 1,261 t.
  • Length 177' 4"
    1914 - 199' 9"
  • Beam 32'
  • Draft 12' 9"
    1905 - 13'
  • Speed 10 kts.
  • Complement 138
  • Armament: One 11" smooth bore, two 9" smooth bores and one 60-pounder
    1905 - Six 4" rapid fire guns, four 6-pounders and one Colt machine gun
    1921 - Four 4"/50 mounts
  • Propulsion: Four single-ended cylinderical boilers, one 500ihp horizontal compound steam engine and full rig auxiliary sail, one shaft.
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    USS Ranger
    Enterprise 157k USS Enterprise (1877-1909), at left, and Ranger (1876-1940)
    Drawing by Fred S. Cozzens, published in "Our Navy -- Its Growth and Achievements", 1897
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 74563
    Robert Hurst
    Ranger 134k c. 1899
    Ranger is moored in mid-channel, at the far left. The Hospital Ship USS Solace, with white hull, and Collier USS Scindia, (later renamed Ajax) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California
    Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1970
    U.S. Navy photo NH 71719
    Naval Historical Center
    Ranger 349k c. July 1899
    Ranger moored to a buoy at Mare Island before she was recommissioned. Ship in the background is USS Brutus (AC 15) at Mare Island
    Cyanotype photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    Ranger 120k Drying sails, while moored off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in December 1899. Torpedo boats in the right distance are USS Davis (Torpedo Boat
    No. 12)
    and USS Fox (Torpedo Boat No. 13)
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 59946
    Robert Hurst
    Nantucket 236k c. December 1899
    At Mare Island buoy, looking north up the Napa River. Torpedo boats are in the background
    Jim Kurrasch, Battleship Iowa, Pacific Battleship Center
    Ranger 743k c. 1909
    Oil painting of USS Ranger by T.G. Purvis, London, England
    There were two paintings made. One was commissioned by the ship's captain and the other was put up in a drawing for the crew. Samuel J. Miller won the drawing and later passed the painting on to James McGihon, his grandson
    The family of Samuel J. Miller, Lt. Commander, USCG
    via James R. McGihon
    Ranger 85k 6 July 1913
    Algiers, Algeria
    Photo from Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860 - 1905
    Robert Hurst
    USS Nantucket (IX 18)
    Nantucket 402k c. 1920s
    National Archives photo
    Robert Jensen
    Nantucket 352k c. 1920
    Boston Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Nantucket 414k 29 April 1928
    Boston Navy Yard
    Massachusetts nautical training ship Nantucket preparing for around the world trip at Charlestown Navy Yard
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Nantucket 388k 28 May 1930
    The training ship Nantucket departing the Charlestown Navy Yard on an around the world training cruise
    Press photo from the Boston Traveler newspaper
    David Wright
    Nantucket 327k c. 1932
    Boston Navy Yard
    Training ship Nantucket at Charlestown Navy Yard for a spring cleaning to get ready for trip around the world again this year
    Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones collection
    Boston Public Library
    Nantucket 76k c. 1933
    Nantucket with the Massachusetts Nautical School
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    PE-19 188k c. 1935
    Boston Navy Yard
    PE-19, USS Nantucket (IX-18) and USS Constitution (IX-21)
    Photo from the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
    Mike Green
    Nantucket 148k 18 January 1937
    Ponta Delgada, Azores
    Carlos Manuel Estrela
    Nantucket 234k c. 1938
    Anchored off the Naval Fuel Depot, East Lamoine, ME
    From the collection of Raymond Strout
    Jonathan Eno
    Nantucket 296k
    Nantucket 340k c. 1938
    Departing Boston on school cruise
    David Wright
    Nantucket 263k 2 May 1941
    Schoolship Sails--The Nantucket, training ship of the Massachusetts Nautical School, leaving Boston Navy Yard today for the annual cruise. Powhatan (YT 128) is off her port quarter
    Photo from the 2 May 1941 edition of the Boston Traveler
    Nantucket 233k c. October 1941
    The Massachusetts Nautical Schoolship Nantucket, with 110 cadets aboard, arriving st the Navy Yard after a four-month european cruise
    Tommy Trampp
    Emery Rice
    Ranger 435k 12 February 1958
    Associated Press article
    Ranger 154k 2 April 1958
    Newspaper article
    Ranger 358k Tommy Trampp
    Ranger 45k Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY
    Steam engine from Emory Rice
    This engine has been designated a National Historic Engineering Landmark by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers and was cited as "a significant benchmark in the evolution of marine steam power plants."
    Merchant Marine Academy photo

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Henry Dehaven Manley, USN - USNA Class of 186027 November 1876
    02CDR Robert Boyd, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 186012 April 1878
    03CDR John Woodward "Jack" Philip, USN - USNA Class of 18618 July 1880 - 15 October 1881
    04CDR Charles Edgar Clark, USN - USNA Class of 1864
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    15 October 1881
    05CDR George Cook Reiter, USN - USNA Class of 1865
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    14 October 1889
    06CDR George E. Wingate, USN6 November 1890 - 14 September 1891
    07CDR Henry Ezra Nichols, USN - USNA Class of 186526 August 1892
    08CDR Eugene Winslow Watson, USN - Retired as Admiral1 December 1894
    09CDR Wells Laflin Field, Sr., USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1 November 1899
    10CDR William Parker Potter, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral11 November 1901
    11LTJG Alfred Hart Miles, USN1915
    12LTJG Thalbert Nelson Alford, USN - USNA Class of 1909
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - CDR Alford was killed in an air crash piloting a Vought O2U Corsair over Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, 2 July 1928
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

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