USS Wheeling, a 990-ton gunboat built at San Francisco, California, was commissioned in August 1897. Her first years of service were spent in the eastern Pacific, on the Asiatic Sation and at Samoa. Transferred to the Atlantic in 1910, she was active in the Caribbean area until World War I. Wheeling was then employed on combat patrol and escort duties in the Azores and Gibraltar areas. She decommissioned in October 1919 and became a Naval Reserve training ship. Redesignated IX-28 in 1921, her training support mission continued through World War II. She was sold in October 1946.
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Photo #: NH 76101
USS Wheeling (PG-14)
At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa August 1897.
Photo from the William H. Topley Collection, courtesy of Charles M. Loring, Napa, CA, 1972.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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13 October 1998