- USS Paducah (PG-18)
USS "Paducah" (PG-18) was an "Dubuque"-class
gunboatacquired by the U.S. Navyprior to World War I. Her task was to patrol, escort, and protect Navy ships.
"Paducah" ("Gunboat No. 18") was launched
11 October 1904by Gas Engine and Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury Co., Morris Heights, New York; sponsored by Miss Anna May Yeiser; and commissioned 2 September 1905, Comdr. Albert G. Winterhalter in command. She was reclassified "AG–7" in 1919; "IX–23", 24 April 1922; and "PG–18", 4 November 1940.
Caribbean and South American operations
After shakedown, "Paducah" joined the "Caribbean" Squadron early in
1906to protect American lives and interests through patrols and port calls to Caribbean and Central American and South American cities. She patrolled Mexican waters in the aftermath of the Vera Cruz incident through the summer of 1914, then returned to her Caribbean operations, performing surveys from time to time.
World War I service
"Paducah" was ordered north to prepare at
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for European service in World War I, for which she sailed from New York 29 September 1917. She reached Gibraltar 27 October, and based there as convoy escort to North Africa, Italy, the Azores, and Madeira.
Encountering a German submarine
She attacked a
U-boat 9 September 1918after it had sunk one of her convoy, and was credited with possibly damaging the submarine.
Gibraltar 11 December, "Paducah" reached Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 7 January 1919to decommission 2 March 1919.
Recommissioned a second time for survey duty
She again recommissioned
16 August 1920through 9 September 1921for survey duty in the Caribbean.
Recommissioned a third time as a training ship
"Paducah" was commissioned a third time
2 May 1922for duty training Naval Reservists in the 9th Naval District. She arrived Duluth, Minnesota, 20 June.
World War II service
"Paducah" returned to the
U.S. East Coastin early 1941, and through World War II, trained Naval Armed Guardgunners in Chesapeake Bay, thus giving vital service to the Merchant Marine’s crucial World War II assignment.
7 September 1945, "Paducah" transferred to the Maritime Commission 19 December 1946, and was sold the same day to Maria Angelo, Miami, Florida.
List of United States Navy ships
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/p1/paducah-i.htm USS Paducah]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/09018.htm NavSource Online: Gunboat Photo Archive - Paducah (PG 18) - ex-IX-23 - ex-AG-7 - ex-Gunboat No. 18]
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