- USS Nashville (PG-7)
USS "Nashville" (PG-7), a
gunboat, was the only ship of its class. It was the third ship of the United States Navyto hold the name "Nashville".
"Nashville" (PG-7) was laid down
9 August 1894by Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Newport News, VA; launched 19 October 1895; sponsored by Miss Maria Guild, and commissioned 19 August 1897, CommanderWashburn Maynard in command.
Upon commissioning "Nashville" joined the
North Atlantic Fleet; and, as war with Spain became imminent after the sinking of battlecruiserUSS|Maine|ACR-1|2, she was ordered to the Caribbean. She captured four Spanish vessels during the period 22 Aprilto 26 July 1898, and assisted in cutting the undersea telegraph cablejust off the shore of Cienfuegos, where many of her sailors and Marines were honored with Medals of Honor. "Nashville" remained on duty off Cubauntil the war’s end.
gunboatdeparted the Caribbean for duty in the Philippines 14 October 1899, arriving at Manila 31 Decembervia the Suez Canal. "Nashville" provided gunfire support for American troops in campaigns against Filipino insurgents until June 1900. When the Boxer Rebellionerupted in China, "Nashville" departed Cavite 8 Junefor China with a Marine detachment embarked. She arrived at Taku 18 June, disembarked the Marines assigned to the International Relief Expedition, and remained until the allied forces lifted the siege of Peking. After patrol duty off China, "Nashville" arrived at Cavite 3 February 1901, where she based until July. Transferred to the Mediterranean, the gunboat arrived at Genoa, Italy, 22 September 1901.
After a year’s patrol duty, "Nashville" left
Gibraltar 1 November 1902, arriving at Boston, MA 16 January 1903. On the Caribbean Station from 26 May 1903until 4 March 1904, she returned to Boston 18 Juneand decommissioned 30 June.
8 August 1905at Boston Navy Yard, "Nashville" sailed 8 Septemberfor Santo Domingo, operating off Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo until 26 June 1906, when she returned to Boston to decommission 23 July.
"Nashville" caused an incident in 1907 when she was sent to the Great Lakes through the St. Lawerence Seaway without Canadian permission.
After three years in reserve, "Nashville" was assigned to the Illinois Naval Militia
29 April 1909. From May 1909 to July 1911 she trained militiamen on the Great Lakes, homeported at Chicago. After extensive overhaul and sea trials, she departed Boston 7 January 1912, arriving Santo Domingo 31 Januaryto begin five years of patrol operations in the West Indies and off Central America, protecting United Statesinterests. The ship participated in the blockadeof Mexico, proclaimed in April 1914 by President Woodrow Wilson, after the overthrow of the Mexican government by Victoriano Huerta. After a shore period of reduced commission status from 10 Mayto 8 July 1916in New Orleans, LA, the gunboat returned to Tampico, Mexico, where she remained until the United States entered World War I, 6 April 1917.
After temporary duty off Tampico "Nashville" sailed from Norfolk
2 August 1917, arriving Gibraltar 18 Augustto patrol off the Moroccan coast. After serving as convoy escort off North Africaand in the western Mediterranean until 15 July 1918, "Nashville" departed Gibraltar, arriving 1 Augustat Charleston, SC. The ship decommissioned 21 October 1918at Charleston and was sold 20 October 1921to J. L. Bernard and Company, Washington, DC.
See USS|Nashville for other ships of this name.
* [http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/n2/nashville-i.htm history.navy.mil: USS "Nashville"]
* [http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/09007.htm navsource.org: "Nashville" (PG 7)]
* [http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/patrol/pg7.htm hazegray.org: USS "Nashville"]
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