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OTHER FIGHTING SHIPS

WILMINGTON patrol gunboats (1897)

Helena 1897

No Name Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
PG8 Wilmington Newport News 10/1894 19/10/1895 5/1897 miscellaneous auxiliary (Naval Reserve TS) IX30 Dover 1/1941
PG9 Helena Newport News 10/1894 30/1/1896 7/1897 stricken 5/1932

 

Displacement normal, t

1397

Displacement full, t

1689

Length, m

76.4

Breadth, m

12.5

Draught, m

2.74 mean

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 6 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

1900

Max speed, kts

15

Fuel, t

coal 277
Endurance, nm (kts) 5500(10)

Armour, mm

belt: 25, deck: 38

Armament

8 x 1 - 102/40 Mk III/IV/V/VI, 4 x 1 - 57/50 Driggs-Schroeder Mk II/III, 4 x 1 - 37/40 Driggs-Schroeder heavy Mk I

Complement

183 - 199

   

Ship project history: Authorised under the Act of 2/3/1893. Single-masted ships, rated as sloops in British lists, with one tall funnel, and were cut down to the main deck aft. Two of the 102mm guns were on the upper deck forward with two aft and four amidships on the main deck.  Their draught was shallower than in other US gunboats of their size.

Ship protection: 102mm guns on the main deck had 64mm protection and there was a strip of 25mm amidships on the wl.

Modernizations: 1914, both: - 4 x 1 - 57/50, 4 x 1 - 37/40; + 4 x 1 - 47/40-45 Driggs-Schroeder Mk I/II

1921, Wilmington: was reboilered with 4 Babcock & Wilcox boilers

by 1940, Wilmington: was armed with 1 x 1 - 102/50 Mk 9, 5 x 1 - 76/52 Mk 10

Naval service: Wilmington was latterly a training ship, and in the Second World War was renamed Dover and numbered IX30. Wilmington was finally stricken only in January 1946.

Wilmington

Ivan Gogin, 2014