USS Wilkes (TB-35)

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USS WILKES (Torpedo Boat - 35, TB-35).jpg
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Name: USS ‘’Wilkes’’
Namesake: Charles Wilkes, who was born on 3 April 1798 in New York City.
Builder: Gas Engine & Power Co. and Charles L. Seabury & Co., Morris Heights, New York
Laid down: 3 June 1899
Launched: 28 September 1901
Commissioned: 18 September 1902
Decommissioned: 14 November 1913
Struck: 15 November 1913
Fate: sunk as a target, 1914
General characteristics
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Type: Blakely class torpedo boat
Displacement: 165 long tons or 168 metric tons
Length: 175 ft (53 m)
Beam: 17 ft 7⅝ in (5.38 m)
Draft: 4 ft 8 in (1.42 m)
Speed: 25.9 kts
Complement: 28 officers and enlisted
Armament: 3 1-pdr. rf., 3 18" tt.
For other ships of the same name, see USS Wilkes.

The first USS Wilkes (TB-35) was a Blakely-class torpedo boat in the United States Navy.

Built in New York[edit]

Wilkes was laid down on 3 June 1899 at Morris Heights, New York, by the Gas Engine and Power Company and the Charles L. Seabury & Co.; launched on 28 September 1901; sponsored by Miss Harriet E. Rankin; and commissioned at the Norfolk Navy Yard on 18 September 1902, Lt. (jg.) Dudley Wright Knox in command.

U.S. Navy service[edit]

Wilkes spent the bulk of her career in reserve. Soon after her commissioning, she was assigned to the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla based at Norfolk, Virginia. There, she remained until the winter of 1906 and 1907 when she briefly returned to full commission for service with the 3rd Torpedo Flotilla.

On 30 May 1907, she was again placed in reserve with the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at Norfolk. There, she remained until 23 November 1908 when she was recommissioned and assigned to duty with the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet based at Charleston, South Carolina.


On 22 December 1909, she went back into reserve, this time at the Charleston Navy Yard. Apparently in commission, in reserve, while at Charleston, Wilkes was decommissioned there on 14 November 1913, and her name was struck from the Navy list on the following day. She was sunk as a target in the summer or fall of 1914.