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USS Annapolis (PG-10)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Annapolis (PG-10).

The first Annapolis (Gunboat No. 10) was laid down on 18 April 1896 at Elizabethport, N.J., by Lewis Nixon; launched on 23 December 1896; sponsored by Miss Georgia Porter, the daughter of Capt. Theodoris Porter, USN; and commissioned at New York on 20 July 1897, Cmdr. John J. Hunker in command.

Following commissioning, the gunboat operated along the east coast and in the Caribbean Sea engaged in training missions. In March 1898, she was assigned to the North Atlantic Fleet. By April, the United States had moved to the verge of war with Spain over conditions in Cuba. She was recommissioned on 14 November 1900, Lt. Cmdr. Karl Rohrer in command. At the end of December 1900, she departed Hampton Roads, bound for the Far East. Steaming via the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the Suez Canal, and the Indian Ocean, the warship arrived at Cavite in the Philippines on 24 April 1901. She remained in the Far East for the next three years. 

On June 1918, she moved through the Panama Canal to begin duty out of New Orleans, La., with the American Patrol. She cruised the waters of the Gulf of Mexico until 25 April 1919 at which time she was detached from the American Patrol. She served as a school ship, on a loan basis, for the next 20 years. On 17 July 1920, when the Navy adopted its alphanumeric system of classification, USS Annapolis was designated PG-10. On 30 June 1940, her name was struck from the Navy list, and she was turned over to the Maritime Commission for disposal. Presumably, she was scrapped.

For a complete history of USS Annapolis (PG-10) please see its DANFS page.