USS Paducah (PG-18)


USS Paducah (PG-18)

USS "Paducah" (PG-18) was an "Dubuque"-class gunboat acquired by the U.S. Navy prior to World War I. Her task was to patrol, escort, and protect Navy ships.

"Paducah" ("Gunboat No. 18") was launched 11 October 1904 by 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 1906 to 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 1918 after it had sunk one of her convoy, and was credited with possibly damaging the submarine.

Post-war decommissioning

Leaving Gibraltar 11 December, "Paducah" reached Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 7 January 1919 to decommission 2 March 1919.

Recommissioned a second time for survey duty

She again recommissioned 16 August 1920 through 9 September 1921 for survey duty in the Caribbean.

Recommissioned a third time as a training ship

"Paducah" was commissioned a third time 2 May 1922 for 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 Coast in early 1941, and through World War II, trained Naval Armed Guard gunners in Chesapeake Bay, thus giving vital service to the Merchant Marine’s crucial World War II assignment.

Post-war decommissioning

Decommissioning 7 September 1945, "Paducah" transferred to the Maritime Commission 19 December 1946, and was sold the same day to Maria Angelo, Miami, Florida.

References

See also

* List of United States Navy ships
* Gunboat

External links

* [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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