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USS Wilmington (Gunboat # 8, PG-8), 1897-1946. Later renamed Dover (IX-30)

USS Wilmington, a 1571-ton gunboat built at Newport News, Virginia, was commissioned in May 1897. Her initial service was in the Atlantic. During the Spanish-American War, she operated off Cuba, taking part in actions at Cardenas on 11 May 1898 and at Manzanillo on 18 July. In 1899-1900, she operated in the Caribbean and off South America and made cruises far up the Orinoco and Amazon rivers.

Wilmington next went to Asiatic waters, remaining there from 1901 to 1922. She was assigned as a training ship in the Great Lakes in 1923. Designated IX-30, and renamed Dover in 1941, the gunboat returned to salt water during World War II. She briefly served as an Atlantic convoy escort in late 1942, then became an armed guard training ship at New Orleans. Dover decommissioned in December 1945 and was sold for scrapping a year later.

This page features 1898 views of USS Wilmington.

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Photo #: NH 91824

USS Wilmington (PG-8)

View of midships area, 1898, with crewmen on deck. The masts of a schooner are visible beyond her port side. The original photograph was printed on a stereograph card, copyright by Strohmeyer & Wyman, 1898.

Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1981.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

Online Image: 65,770 bytes; 590 x 660 pixels

A stereo pair version of this image is available as
Photo # NH 91824-A.

Online Image of stereo pair: 46,833 bytes; 675 x 355 pixels


The following photograph shows what may be USS Wilmington 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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14 October 1998