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USS Vigilant, a 300-ton tug, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1888 for commercial use. Purchased by the Navy in April 1898, she spent her entire service career in the vicinity of San Francisco, California. Vigilant was designated YT-25 in 1920. She was struck from the Navy List in November 1927 and sold in April 1928.
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Photo #: NH 43695
USS Vigilant (1898-1928)
Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, 26 July 1898.
Note variety of guns she carried for Spanish-American War service: two 37mm revolving cannon at the bow, a Gatling gun atop the pilothouse, and a short 3-inch cannon at the stern.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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13 October 1998