USN – Retired Patrol Vessels

Patrol Craft (see also current listing)

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Asheville Class Gunboats LOA 165′ / 50.3 m TDISP 240 tons (17, 15 retired and sold to other navies, 2 were in service and Naval Surface Warfare Centers until ca. 2016)

USS Gallup art NH 85570-KN
USS Gallup PG-85 artwork Courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command NH 85570-KN (author not known)
Asheville Class US Gunboats Panama City FL
These are likely USS Chehalis (1969) and USS Grand Rapids (1977), both recently sold, with ex-USS Chehalis scrapped.

USS Canon PG-90 (1968-1977) Served in Vietnam and was extensively damaged by shore based rockets. Laid up in Philadelphia Inactive Ships Facility, currently on hold for possible preservation.

Asheville Class US Gunboat Philadelphia 2017

Unknown Patrol vessel Philadelphia 2007
USS Canon PG-90 is inboard of a slightly longer, very similar patrol vessel, whose dimensions are roughly 188′ / 57.3 m long by 25′ / 7.6 m maximum beam. The vessel is virtually identical in the bows and bridge, lengthened on the quarterdeck/stern with what appears to be a large, rectangular funnel, suggesting different propulsion. The vessel appears to be some type of Asheville variant, or export model, such as a PSMM Mark 5 built for South Korea or Taiwan, but lengthened beyond what other sources suggest. Given the 3″50 caliber deck gun, it seems to be Tacoma built. If so, all missile armaments and fittings behind the funnel have been removed.

PCE-842-class LOA 184′ / 56.1 m TDISP 850 tons

ex-USS PCE-897 (1945) transferred to Philippine Navy 1948 as BRP Iloilo PS-32 decommissioned 2016BRP Iloilo PS-32 Philippines 2018.jpg

SC-497 class submarine chasers LOA 111′ / 33.8 m TDISP 100 tons (438 built, 17 lost, 2 preserved)

SC-715 (1943-1946). WW2 service in both Atlantic and Pacific. Transferred to Coast Guard as USCGC Air Killdeer WAVR 433 (1946-1948) sold privately as MV Cape Pine 1951. Fishing boat in BC and now a charter boat out of Pender Harbour, BC.MV Cape Pine Pender Harbour 2009MV Cape Pine Pender Harbour 2014

Hydrofoil patrol vessels

Pegasus Class fast attack patrol boats LOA 133′ / 40.5 m TDISP 255 tons (6 built, 1 preserved)

USS Aries PHM-5 (1982-1993) currently attempts are being made to create a hydrofoil museum with several preserved craft. Vessels originally armed with a 76mm gun and harpoon missile racks for 8 missiles on the stern.

USS Aries PHM-5 De Witt MO 2014
Aries has her bow and stern foils folded up out of the water, and all armament removed.

USS Gemini PHM-6 (1982-1993) retired near Wilmington NC, purchased by private owners who converted it in 2006 to a private yacht. Sold again and came back to same location by 2009. In 2011 was abandoned on site, and owner had it scrapped 2014. A youtube video shows conversion views [link].

Pegasus class hydrofoil retired Wilmington 2006
It is possible this is former USS Gemini PHM-6 undergoing conversion to yacht Gemini.
Pegasus class hydrofoil retired Wilmington 2013
3 years after leaving the scrapyard where she was rebuilt, Gemini returned to the same area near Wilmington NC. Gemini shows considerable work to her topsides to transform the vessel into a yacht. Features included a jet-ski stern deck, a jacuzzi, and two-level observation deck. She also had updated diesel engines.
Pegasus class hydrofoils retired Wilmington 2002
Of these four Pegasus class retired hydrofoils, only ex-USS Gemini initially avoided scrapping, being converted to a yacht.

USS Plainview AGEH-1 (1969-1978) unique hydrofoil. LOA 220′ / 67.1 m TDISP 310 tons. Scrapping at Hungry Harbor WA, ongoing for many years.USS Plainview AGEH-1 Hungry Harbor WA 2012

USS High Point PCH-1 (1963-1980) first US Navy hydrofoil. LOA 115′ / 35.1 m TDISP 110 tons Under restoration near Astoria, OR, for preservation as museum ship.USS High Point PCH-1 Astoria 2018

PT Boats and Fast Attack Craft

Nasty class Patrol Boat (20 built, 6 lost, 2 preserved service 1962-1981). LOA 80′ / 24.5m TDISP 80 tons. Built to a Norwegian design, all saw service in Vietnam, where some were temporarily transferred to Republic of Vietnam Navy. Wooden hulled.

PTF-3 (1962-1977) at Deland Naval Air Station Museum, Deland FL long restoration. PTF-3 Deland FL 2018 PTF-17 (1967-1981)  Under restoration at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, Buffalo NY.

PTF-17 under restoration at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park, July 2022. Credit:

PTF-17 Buffalo NY

PTF-26 (1968-1990) Osprey class fast patrol boat LOA 95′ / 28.9m TDISP 123 tons. (only boat remaining of four aluminum-hulled enlargements of the Nasty class) Museum boat at Liberty Maritime Museum, Morro Bay, CA. Sold to a group in Kentucky and under repairs pending delivery to Maritime Pastoral Training Foundation, Paducah, KT. PTF-26 Morro Bay CA 2021


Several WW2 varieties below. Elco 80′ / 24.4m boats TDISP 56 tons. Higgins Boats 78′ / 23.9 m TDISP 51.5 tons. Vosper licence-built boats 70′ / 21 m. These US-built boats were used for Lend-Lease.

PT boats restoration FL Obsolete Kingston NY 2019
The small flotilla of PT boats under restoration by Fleet Obsolete, Rondout Creek, Kingston NY, as of 2019. These include Elco 80′ boats PT-486 and PT-615, 79′ Higgins Boat PT-459, and 77′ Elco PT-48.

PT-658 Higgins 78′ boat restored and operates out of Swan Island, Portland, Oregon.

PT-658 at speed with Battle Stations manned, St Helens OR, Oct. 2014. Credit: Jngilmar at English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 <;, via Wikimedia Commons

PT-658 Higgins boat Swan Island Portland OR 2013

Higgins type 78-foot Pt-Boat transferred to Argentina as ARA Towora P-24. Preserved at Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego near airport. One of ten boats purchased in 1948. Towora and ARA Alakush P-82 were sent to Ushuaia in 1968, to enforce an Argentine naval presence, and served until 1984. Both boats received extensive modifications.

ARA_Alakush PT boat
ARA Alakush, ca. 1962. Julio L. Marani, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

ARA Towwora PT-boat Ushuaia Argentina 2021

ARA Towora under restoration, 2014 at Ushuaia, Argentina. Credit: Gastón Cuello, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

PT-728 Vosper 70′ / 21.3 m boat was being restored by Fleet Obsolete, Kingston NY, sold 2012 to Liberty Aviation Museum, Clinton OH. Restoration continues. PT-728 Vosper FL Obsolete Kingston NY

Experimental PT Boats

PT-3 Very lightweight 58′ / 17.7 m trials boat TDISP 25 tons. Unique wooden-hulled construction with a complex hull form. Built at Fisher Boat Works, Detroit, 1940. Transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force 1941-1945 (along with PT-4 to PT-7) and served at Eastern Air Command as the High Speed Rescue Launch Bras d’Or M-413 / B-119. According to Jerry Proc’s listing of RCAF marine vessels on his website, this was also briefly in service with the RCN as HMC HSL-262, pennant V-262. Returned to USN then disposed 1946. Located at the back of a boatyard in New Jersey ca. 2000, at Flanigan Brothers Boatyard, Fairfield NJ, possibly under long restoration, still extant as of 2021.

PT-3 ca. 1942. Credit: Historical Collections of the Great Lakes, Bowling Green State University.

PT-3 experimental Fairfield NY 2015

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