From: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, Vol. I p 55


Arayat is a town in Pampanga Province, Philippine Islands.

(PG: dp. 243; 1. 121' ; b. 17'10'' ; dr. 6'6'' ; s. 9k.; cpl. 30; a. 1 6-pdr., 1 3-pdr, ; cl. Pampanga)

The first Arayat was a small iron gunboat built in 1888 by the Manila Slip Co., Cavite, Philippine Islands, for the Spanish Navy. Sunk by the Spanish in the Pasig River, Luzon, she was raised in October 1899 ; repaired at Cavite Naval Station ; and commissioned 10 August 1900, Lieutenant W. H. Shoemaker in command.

Arayat patrolled in Philippine waters (1900--02) assisting the Army in putting down the Philippine Insurrection. Laid up at Cavite 9 August 1902, she was recommissioned 27 March 1905 for patrol and surveying duty. Laid up again 5 October 1907, she was recommissioned 3 February 1909 and cruised in the southern islands and Sulu Sea in search of pirates. Decommissioned 11 April 1910 at Cavite, she was sold 15 December 1910.