GUNBOAT PG2 - USS PETREL - "The Baby Battleship"
3rd in Line at the Battle of Manila Bay, 1898, led by the USFS Olympia.
Dimensions: 67m length, 13m beam, 4m draft
Stats: Tonnage: 892 Tons
Top Speed: 11knots
Propulsion: Back-acting compound steam engine, powered by two straight-way coal-fired boilers.
Purpose: Navigating and controlling shallow ports and rivers; bombarding coastal towns.
This is a 1.25:1 Minecraft model of the USS Petrel, a small gunboat used extensively in the Spanish-American War of 1898. This boat served alongside the more famous USS Olympia during the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1st, 1898. Affectionately dubbed "The Baby Battleship" by the Asiatic Squadron, this boat had an excessive armament for its size, packing four 6" naval guns, two 3lber naval guns, 2 gatling guns, two revolving 37mm guns, and one 1lber rapid-fire gun.
The Petrel had a crew or 112 sailors and 10 officers. Between 1898 and 1901, four of her crew members obtained the Medal of Honor.