From: Georgetown, Texas, USA
ORIGINAL: Don Bowen
Thank you John. I'm happier than my ex-wife in feces.
M‘kay, we have a few Arayats;
Arayat, Spanish Bulusan (Belusan) Class gunboat, 201 tons, 113’ 10”, built Cavite in 1888 for Spain.
USS Samar (US Arayat Class), 243 tons, 121’, built Canacao in 1887 for Spain. Believed to be ex Spanish Mindanao Class.
Japanese took over some, PG-37, 39, and 41 (ex Callao, Pampanga, and Samar)
Several references to an Arayat (IX-134), sometimes as a 900 ton tanker (IX-134) built in 1888 (wrong!), sometimes as a 900 ton tanker (IX-134) built by Fairfield, Glasgow, in 1918 (better), sometimes as a 903 ton Philippine Revenue Cutter, built 1931, sunk Dec. 27, 1941 (1/3 right).
Lots of confusion. I’m looking for the shallow draft, Bulusan (Belusan) Class, Spanish gunboat. I could use an Almendares Class, if available. Also thought she might be close to the Mindanao Class (USS Panay as example).
Anyone have ideas??
I believe Callao class is the correct answer. The unit in the Philippine Off Shore Patrol was an ex-Spanish Gunboat taken over by the USN after 1898 and sold out commercially around 1910. Then purchased by the OSP as a patrol craft and sunk in Manila bay sometime in December, 1941, and subsequently salved and (probably) became the Japanese PB-105.
The reference to a 903 ton Revenue Cutter is very interesting. Don't send me the reference, or I will probably ask for that one too. I know there was a revenue cutter named Apo in the Visayas, relatively fast but a coal burner (referenced in Destination Corregidor). Also the Presidential Yacht Casiana, which was (theoretically) available as a revenue cutter during wartime.