USS Goldsborough (TB-20)

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USS Goldsborough (TB-20), in drydock, June 6, 1900.
United States
Name: Goldsborough
Namesake: Rear Admiral Louis M. Goldsborough
Ordered: 3 March 1897 (authorised)
Builder: Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, OR
Laid down: 14 July 1898
Launched: 29 July 1899
Sponsored by: Miss Gertrude Ballin
Commissioned: 9 April 1908
Decommissioned: 12 March 1919
  • Coast Torpedo Boat No. 7,
  • 1 August 1918
Fate: sold for scrapping, 8 September 1919
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Goldsborough-class torpedo boat
Displacement: 255 long tons (259 t)[2]
Length: 198 ft (60 m)
Beam: 20 ft 7 in (6.27 m)
Draft: 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) (mean)[2]
Installed power:
  • 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)
  • 27.4 kn (31.5 mph; 50.7 km/h) (Speed on Trial)[2]
Complement: 59 officers and enslisted

The first USS Goldsborough (Torpedo Boat No. 20/TB-20/Coast Torpedo Boat No. 7) was a torpedo boat in the United States Navy during World War I. She was named for Louis M. Goldsborough.

Goldsborough was launched 29 July 1899 by the Wolff & Zwicker Iron Works, Portland, Oregon; sponsored by Miss Gertrude Ballin; commissioned in the Puget Sound Navy Yard 9 April 1908, Lieutenant Daniel T. Ghent in command.

Goldsborough based at San Diego, California, as a unit of the Pacific Torpedo Fleet, cruising for 6 years along the coast of California and the Pacific Coast of Mexico in a schedule of torpedo practice, and joint fleet exercises and maneuvers. She was placed in ordinary at the Mare Island Navy Yard 26 March 1914 ; served the Oregon State Naval Militia at Portland (December 1914-April 1917) ; and again fully commissioned 7 April 1917 for Pacific coast patrol throughout World War I.

She was designated Coast Torpedo Boat No. 7 on 1 August 1918, her name being assigned to a new destroyer under construction. The torpedo boat decommissioned in the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 12 March 1919 and sold for scrapping on 8 September 1919.


  1. ^ "USS Goldsborough (TB-20)". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Table 11 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 725. 1921.

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