Aerial looking forward to your post. I have a large photo/paper grouping to a River Rat on the Monocacy 1927. Who joined the ship upriver in Chungking and later sailed her down to Shanghai and back to include going to Changsha on the lake which was the Sand Pebbles patrol area.
It’s a shame that “The Sand Pebbles” producers or the studio didn’t have the foresight to keep it as a “museum ship” (as the makers of “Master and Commander” did with “HMS Surprise”, actually built in 1970, and which can be seen by the “Star of India” in San Diego) rather than sell it off to be scrapped less than 10 years later. I’ve no doubt it would have been a popular tourist attraction and what they could have charged as admission over the past 50 years would have more than paid for its upkeep and delivered a nice profit.
Dirk, if you have any records of the periods when Monocacy was at Changsha during 1926-27 that would be great. From what I’ve found so far, she was pretty much upriver at Chungking during that time, while her sister-ship, Palos, was at Hankow, and after February 1927, at Changsha replacing Villalobos that had been there for several months. Contrary to Richard McKenna's “The Sand Pebbles” book and movie, where Changsha had been the home-port of USS San Pablo for more than twenty years, there was no station ship at Changsha during the teens and 20's, though only Monocacy and Palos with their true, river-gunboat 29” drafts (compared to nine or ten foot drafts for the old Spanish American War gunboats, Villalobos and Elcano) could navigate the Siang River and Tungting (Dongting) Lake year-round, even when the water levels dropped during the winter.