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NavSource Online: Gunboat Photo Archive



  • The first Palos was built in 1865 by James Tetlow, Chelsea, MA
  • Placed in service as a Yard Tug at Boston Navy Yard
  • Placed in ordinary in 1869
  • Converted to a Gunboat and commissioned USS Palos 11 June 1870
  • Condemned as unfit for further service 6 July 1892 and decommissioned at Nagasaki, Japan
  • Sold 25 January 1893 and renamed Keiko Maru
  • Subsequently scrapped.


  • Displacement 420 t.
  • Length 137'
  • Beam 26'
  • Draft 9' 10"
  • Speed 10.35 kts.
  • Armament: Two guns
  • Propulsion: Steam and sail, one shaft.
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    Palos 101k National Archives photo 19-N-12842 Mike Green
    Monocacy 111k Monocacy and Palos in the Salee River, Korea in 1871 Darryl Baker
    Palos 22k Palos towing landing party to Kanghwa-do Island, Korea. 10 June 1871 Naval Historical Center

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