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USS Porter (Torpedo Boat # 6, TB-6), 1897-1912

USS Porter, a 165-ton torpedo boat built at Bristol, Rhode Island, was commissioned in February 1897. She initially operated along the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and served off Cuba, Haiti and Puerto Rico during the Spanish-American War. Post-war, she saw several brief periods of active duty, but mainly was part of the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla. Porter was stricken from the Navy List in November 1912 and sold the following month.

USS Porter (TB-6) was named in honor of Commodore David Porter, USN (1780-1843) and his son, Admiral David Dixon Porter, USN (1813-1891).

This page features views of USS Porter.

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Photo #: NH 63749

USS Porter (TB-6)

Photographed circa 1897-98.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 101245-KN (Color)

USS Porter (TB-6)

Running trials in 1897. The original photograph was published on a color-tinted postcard by the Hugh C. Leighton Co., Portland, Maine, during the early 1900s.

Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(Ret), 1986.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 64067

USS Porter (TB-6)

Running at high speed during her trials, circa 1896-97.

Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution. Image originally came from the Skerritt Collection, Bethlehem Steel Company Archives.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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Photo #: NH 100042

Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia

Torpedo boats of the Atlantic Fleet Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at the Norfolk Navy Yard, circa 1907. Most of these craft are partially dismantled.
The two boats in the front right and the one in the front left (listed in no particular order) are: USS Bagley (TB-24), USS Barney (TB-25) and USS Biddle (TB-26).
The two larger boats between them, in the foreground are (left to right): USS DuPont (TB-7) and USS Porter (TB- 6).
The three boats in the back row are (left to right): One of the three Torpedo Boat # 3 class (Foote, Rodgers or Winslow), USS Cushing (TB-1) and either USS Gwin (TB-16) or USS Talbot (TB-15).
The receiving ship USS Franklin (1867-1915) and a two- masted schooner are in the distance.

Courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

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