USS Nashville (PG-7)

Nashville moored at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia, January, 1898. Original in the collection of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

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USS Nashville (PG-7) was a one-off gunboat, commissioned 19 August, 1897. After the USS Maine was sunk, Nashville was ordered into the Caribbean, and captured four Spanish ships, the first of which was taken on 22 April, 1898, and the last in July. She also helped cut the undersea telegraph cable running between Spain and Cuba, resulting in several Medals of Honor for her crew. Nashville was sent to the Philippines in late 1899, arriving 31 December, and provided support against Philippine insurgents until she was sent to aid the allied coalition against the Boxer Rebellion in June, 1900. Nashville deployed a Marine detachment in Taku, and remained on station until the next February. Nashville next did a stint in the Mediterranean, then the Caribbean again, before decommissioning for a few months from 1904-05, and again 1906-09. Nashville was then stationed on the Great Lakes as a training ship until late 1911, and returned to the Gulf of Mexico the following year, remaining until 1917. When the US entered World War I, Nashville was sent to the Mediterranean, and served on convoy escort and patrol off Morocco. Decommissioned 21 October, 1918, Nashville was sold for scrap three years later.