USS Davis (TB-12)

For other ships with the same name, see USS Davis.
USS Davis (TB-12) in Mare Island's Drydock #1 in April 1905.
United States
Name: Davis
Namesake: Rear admiral Charles Henry Davis
Ordered: 10 June 1896 (authorised)
Builder: Wolff & Zwicker, Portland, OR
Laid down: 2 March 1897
Launched: 4 June 1898
Sponsored by: Miss H. Wolff
Commissioned: 10 May 1899
Decommissioned: 28 March 1913
Identification: TB-12
Fate: sold, 21 April 1920
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Davis-class torpedo boat
Displacement: 154 long tons (156 t)[2]
Length: 148 ft (45 m)
Beam: 15 ft 4 in (4.67 m)
Draft: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) (mean)[2]
Installed power:
  • 23 knots (43 km/h; 26 mph)
  • 23.41 kn (26.94 mph; 43.36 km/h) (Speed on Trial)[2]
Complement: 24 officers and enlisted

The USS Davis (Torpedo Boat No. 12/TB-12) was launched 4 June 1898 by Wolff and Zwicker, Portland, Oregon; sponsored by Miss H. Wolff; and commissioned 10 May 1899, Lieutenant Commander R. F. Nicholson in command.

After trials Davis was placed out of commission 5 June 1899 and laid up at Mare Island Navy Yard in reserve. She was recommissioned 23 March 1908 and assigned to Pacific Torpedo Fleet. She participated in the review for the Secretary of the Navy 8 May 1908, then cruised along the west coast as far north as the Columbia River and south as far as Magdalena Bay, Mexico, until placed in reserve at Mare Island 28 October 1909.

Davis was recommissioned 1 November 1910 for service in the San Diego area until 10 May 1911 when she again went into reserve at Mare Island. In May 1912 she was towed to Puget Sound for assignment to the Pacific Reserve Fleet. She was decommissioned there 28 March 1913 and sold for scrap 21 April 1920.


  1. "USS Davis (TB-12)". Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 "Table 10 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 714. 1921.
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