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Online Library of Selected Images:
-- U.S. NAVY SHIPS --

USS Helena (Gunboat # 9, PG-9), 1897-1934

USS Helena, a 1571-ton gunboat of the Wilmington class, was built at Newport News, Virginia, and commissioned in July 1897. The following year, during the Spanish-American War, she was employed off Cuba. Late in 1898, Helena steamed to the Far East, where she spent more than three decades operating in the vicinity of China and the Philippines. The old gunboat was decommissioned in May 1932 and sold in July 1934.

This page features selected views of USS Helena.

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Photo #: NH 85566-KN (Color)

USS Helena (PG-9)


Painted by the Chinese artist Qikit, 1905.

Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.
Donation of Mrs. A.W. Lott.
Navy Art Accession #: 76-301-A.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64,542 bytes; 740 x 575 pixels

 
Photo #: NH 53500

USS Helena (PG-9)


Photographed in Far Eastern waters sometime after 1899, while dressed with flags for a holiday.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 60,223 bytes; 740 x 580 pixels

 


The following image shows Helena or Wilmington, her sister ship, in the background of a view of another ship:

Photo #: NH 44471

USS Panther (1898-1922)


Probably photographed during the Spanish-American War, 1898. Ship beyond her bow is either USS Helena or USS Wilmington.

Donated by Rear Admiral Ammen C. Farenholt, USN(MC).

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 64,287 bytes; 740 x 585 pixels

 


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24 September 1998