Ships of the California Naval Militia
USS Preble

The third PREBLE (Torpedo boat destroyer 12) was laid down by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, 21 April 1899 launched 2 March 1901, sponsored by Miss Ethel Preble, and commissioned 14 December 1903, Lieutenant. T. C. Fenton in command.
PREBLE, assigned to the Pacific Fleet, operated with the 4th and 2nd Torpedo Flotillas off the western seaboard from Washington to the Panama Canal Zone until 1908, making a cruise to Hawaii and Samoa (24 August-November 1908). On returning she resumed west coast operations (including training the California Naval Militia), continuing them until 4 February 1909, when she arrived at Mare Island for inactivation. In reserve 23 February-17 September, she was then reassigned to the Pacific Torpedo Flotilla, and until 1913 operated with Torpedo Flotilla, Pacific Fleet. Placed in reserve again 19 June 1913, she remained at Mare Island until resuming operations with the torpedo flotilla 23 April 1914.
Torpedo practice, gunnery exercises and minesweeping operations followed, and during the summer of 1915 PREBLE participated in a cruise to Alaskan waters to gather logistic information. After another period in reserve status (25 October 1914 until 3 April 1917), PREBLE departed San Diego 30 April 1917 for the east coast. She arrived at Norfolk 13 July and, until the end of World War I, was engaged in coastwise convoy duty along the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Remaining on the east coast after the war, she decommissioned at New York, 11 July 1919. Her name was struck from the Navy List 15 September 1919 and she was sold, 3 January 1920, to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 Type  Torpedo Boat Destroyer
 Class  Bainbridge
 Displacement.  592 tons
 Length  250 feet, 2 inches
 Beam  23 feet, 1 inches
 Draft  6 feet, 6 inches
 Speed  28 knots
 Complement  87
 2 x 3 inch guns
5 x 6-pound guns
2 x 18 inch torpedo tubes


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