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The Destroyers of New York Shipbuilding Co.
  Last Updated: 31 May 2009


Eight four-stacker destroyers near completion in the outfitting basin between the North Yard and Middle Yard.

Having performed to the Navy's satisfaction in building small numbers of seven different destroyer classes prior to World War I, after the U.S. joined the conflict New York Ship in short order received contracts for 30 more destroyers. Ten were of the Wickes/Tatnall class, and twenty of the Clemson class. Along with these orders came financing for a major expansion of the shipyard: the Destroyer Yard on the north side of Newton Creek, with six covered ways and four uncovered. None of the vessels built under wartime contracts would be delivered before the armistice came, but most survived to see duty as escorts and high-speed transports during World War II.

The best-known names in NYSB's roster of 50 destroyers are tinged with tragedy. DD-61 Jacob Jones was the first Navy combatant sunk in World War I, and DD-245 Reuben James was the first Navy combatant sunk in World War II. Both were torpedoed by German U-boats. And by odd coincidence, a Jacob Jones built at New York Ship would be torpedoed and sunk in each conflict, as DD-130, launched less than a year after DD-61's loss, met the same fate as its namesake--twenty-five years later.

Listed in order of Navy designation (DD, DE, DL) and hull number. Additions and corrections welcomed.

Designation C# Name(s)
Links are to photos
Keel Laid Launched Description Notes
TBD-19

DD- 19

62 Preston April 28 1908 July 14 1909
U.S. Navy photo

Four-stacker, Smith class; 28+ knots on 9969hp Parson turbines; 294 ft; 960dp

Decomm. at Philadelphia July 7 1919. Stricken Sep 15 1919, sold Nov 21 1919 and broken up for scrap. DANFS History
DD- 28 78 McCall Jun 08, 1909 Jun 04, 1910 Destroyer, Paulding class; 293 ft, 742 tons dp; 3-3"/50 cal guns, 1 one-pounder Decomm 1919 at Phila, to reserve fleet; on loan to Coast Guard 1924-1930 for enforcing Prohibition; stricken, sold, and scrapped 1934 (WNT)
DD- 29 79 Burrows June 19 1909 June 23 1910 Destroyer, Paulding class; Decomm 1919 at Phila, to reserve fleet; on loan to CG 1924-1931; stricken, sold, and scrapped 1934 (WNT) DANFS History
DD- 35

CG-8

95 Ammen March 29 1910 Sep 20, 1910 Destroyer, Paulding class; Decomm 1919 at Phila, to reserve fleet; on loan to CG 1924-1931; stricken, sold, and scrapped 1934 (WNT)
DD- 38 112 Jarvis July 1 1911 April 3 1912 Destroyer, Cassin class; 305 ft, 1072 tons dp; 4-4" guns Decomm. 1919; in reserve fleet until stricken, sold, and scrapped in 1935. DANFS History
DD- 45 122 Downes June 27 1912 November 8 1913 Destroyer, Cassin class; Decomm 1919 at Phila, to reserve fleet; on loan to CG 1924-1931; stricken, sold, and scrapped 1934 (WNT) DANFS History
DD- 56 141 Ericsson November 10 1913 August 22 1914 Destroyer, O’Brien class; 305 ft, 1050dp Decomm 1922 at Phila, to reserve fleet; on loan to CG 1924-1932; stricken, sold, and scrapped 1934 (WNT) DANFS History
DD- 61 150 Jacob Jones August 3 1914 May 29 1915
U.S. Navy photo

Tucker class destroyer, 316 ft, 1160dp

Sunk by U-53 off Isles of Scilly December 6 1917, with loss of 64 men; 1st US destroyer lost to enemy action. DANFS History
DD- 62 151 Wainwright Sep 1 1914 June 12 1915 Tucker class destroyer Decomm 1922, on loan to CG 1926-34, stricken and scrapped 1934. DANFS History
DD-125 210 Tattnall Dec 1 1917 Sep 5, 1919 "Flush-decker"; Wickes-Tattnall class; 315 ft, 1210dp Decomm. at San Diego on June 15 1922 and berthed there until recommissioning on May 1 1930. Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-19 July 24 1943. Decommissioned at Puget sound December 17 1945 and berthed there until her sale. Stricken January 8 1946, sold November 13, 1946 for scrap.DANFS History
DD-126 211 Badger January 9 1918 September 28, 1919 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930. Final decommissioning Jul 1945, sold for scrap Nov 1945 and broken up. DANFS History
DD-127 212 Twiggs January 23 1918 Sept 28, 1919 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930 and 1937-39. Decommissioned for the last time and transferred to Britain October 23 1940, Renamed HMS Leamington. Stricken January 8 1941, To Russia August 1944. Renamed Zhyachi, broken up for scrap in 1951. DANFS History
DD-128 213 Babbitt February 19 1918 September 30, 1919 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930. Reclassified AG-102 June 10 1945. Decommissioned January 25 1946. Stricken February 25 1946, sold June 5 1946 and broken up for scrap.
DD-129 214 DeLong February 21 1918 October 29 1918
U.S. Navy photo

"Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class

De Long ran aground and was Wrecked in Half Moon Bay California December 1 1921 in heavy fog. On December 17 she was salvaged and towed to Mare Island Navy Yard and decommissioned on March 18 1922. The hulk of De Long was sold September 25 1922. DANFS History
DD-130 215 Jacob Jones February 21 1918 November 20 1918
U.S. Navy photo

"Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class

Deecommissioned 1922-1930. Torpedoed twice by U-578 off Cape May N.J. February 28 1942. Only 12 men were picked up the next morning and 1 of those died en route to Cape May NJ. DANFS History
DD-157 216 Dickerson May 25 1918 March 12 1919 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930. Converted to High Speed Transport APD-21 August 21 1943. Irreparably damaged by Japanese Kamikaze Attack off Okinawa April 2 1945. Decommissioned April 4 1945 and scuttled off Kerama Retto April 4 1945. DANFS History
DD-158 217 Leary Mar 6 1918 Dec 18 1918 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930. WWII convoy escort. Torpedoed by U-boats and sunk Dec 24, 1943 with the loss of 97 crew. DANFS History
DD-159

AG-82

218 Schenck Mar 26, 1918 Apr 23, 1919 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930. WWII convoy escort. Reclassified AG-82 (torpedo target ship) in Sep 1944. Struck off Jun 1946 and sold for scrap.
DD-160

APD-22

219 Herbert Apr 9, 1918 May 8, 1919 "Flush-decker" Wickes-Tattnall class Decommissioned 1922-1930. WWII coastal convoy escort. Converted to fast transport APD-22 in 1943 and sent to Pacific. Supported landings at Okinawa. Sold for scrap in 1946.
DD-231

AG-84

220 Hatfield Jun 10, 1918 Mar 17, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class "4-stacker" 315 ft, 1190dp, 4-4" guns Decommissioned 1938-39. WWII Alaskan coastal escort 1941-44. Redesignated AG-84 (target-towing). Sold for scrap 1946. DANFS History
DD-232

APD-10

221 Brooks June 11, 1918 Apr 24, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1931-32. Reclassified as APD-10 (high speed transport) in 1943. Heavily damaged by kamikaze a/c Jan 1945, sold for scrap Jan 1946. DANFS History
DD-233

APD-11

222 Gilmer Jun 25, 1918 May 24, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1938-39. Reclassified APD-11 (high speed transport) in 1943. Sold for scrap Dec 1946. DANFS History
DD-234

AG-85

223 Fox Jun 25, 1918 Jun 12, 1919
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Decommissioned 1931-32 and 1938-39. Reclassified AG-85 (auxiliary) Oct 1944. Sold for scrap Nov 1946. DANFS History
DD-235

APD-18

224 Kane Jul 3, 1918 Aug 12, 1919
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Decommissioned 1930-32 and 1938-39. Reclassified APD-18 (high speed transport) in Mar 1943. Sold for scrap Jun 1946. DANFS History
DD-236

APD-12

225 Humphreys Jul 31, 1918 Jul 28, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1930-32 and 1939. Reclassified APD-12 (high speed transport) in Dec 1942. Sold for scrap Aug 1946. DANFS History
DD-237

AVD-15

226 McFarland Jul 31, 1918 Mar 30, 1920
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Reclassified AVD-15 (seaplane tender) Aug 1940. Restored to DD-237 Dec 1943. Sold for scrap Oct 1946. DANFS History
DD-238 227 Paulding Jul 31, 1918 Apr 20, 1920 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1931, stricken 1937, sold for scrap Mar 1939. DANFS History
DD-239

APD-23

228 Overton Oct 30, 1918 Jul 10, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1931-32 and 1937-39. Reclassified APD-23 (high speed transport) Aug 1943. Decommissioned and sold for scrap 1945. DANFS History
DD-240 229 Sturtevant Nov 23, 1918 Jul 29, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1931-32 and 1935-39. Struck mine off Key West FL and sank Apr 26, 1942 with loss of 15. DANFS History
DD-241

APV-14

AVD-1

230 Childs Mar 19, 1919 Sep 15, 1920 Destroyer, Clemson class Reclassified APV-14 (seaplane tender) Jul 1938. Reclassified AVD-1 Aug 1940. Stricken and sold for scrap 1946. DANFS History
DD-242 231 King Apr 28, 1919 Oct 14, 1920 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1931-32 and 1938-39. Decommissioned 1945 and sold for scrap Sep 1946.
DD-243

APD-13

232 Sands Mar 22, 1919 Oct 28, 1919 U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Decommissioned 1931-32 and 1938-39. Reclassified APD-13 (high speed transport) Dec 1942. Sold for scrap 1946..DANFS History
DD-244

AVP-15

AVD-2

233 Williamson Mar 27, 1919 Oct 16, 1919
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Reclassified AVP-15 (seaplane tender) Jul 1938. Reclassified AVD-2 Aug 1940. Reclassified DD-244 Dec 1943. Conversion to APD-27 cancelled Jul 1944. Sold for scrap 1946.
DD-245 234 Reuben James Apr 2, 1919 Oct 4, 1919 Destroyer, Clemson class Torpedoed and sunk by U-552 while on convoy escort patrol s. of Iceland Oct 31 1941, with loss of 115; first Navy ship lost to hostile action during WWII. DANFS History
DD-246 235 Bainbridge May 27, 1919 June 12, 1920
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Decommissioned 1930-33 and 1937-39. Sold for scrap 1945. DANFS History
DD-247 236 Goff Jun 16, 1919 Jun 2, 1920 Destroyer, Clemson class Decommissioned 1931-32. Stricken and sold for scrap 1945. DANFS History
DD-248

APD-29

237 Barry Jul 26, 1919 Oct 28, 1920
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Decommissioned 1932-33. Converted to APD-29 (high speed transport) Jan 1944. Irreparably damaged by kamikaze attack May 1945, used as decoy until sunk Jun 1945. DANFS History
DD-249 238 Hopkins Jul 30, 1919 Jun 26, 1920
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Converted to DMS-15 (high speed minesweeper) Nov 1940. Sold for scrap 1946. DANFS History
DD-250 239 Lawrence Aug 14, 1919 Jul 10, 1920
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Clemson class

Decommissioned 1931-32 and 1938-39. Sold for scrap 1946.
DD-356 408 Porter Dec 18, 1933 Dec 12, 1935
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer, Porter class

Sunk by Japanese sub I-12 off Santa Cruz Island, Oct 26, 1942. DANFS History
DD-357 409 Selfridge Dec 18, 1933 Apr 18, 1936 Destroyer, Porter class Lost bow back to No. 2 Gun Mount in explosion. Stricken 1945 and sold for scrap 1946. DANFS History
DD-358

AG-126

410 McDougal Dec 18, 1933 Jul 17, 1936 Destroyer, Porter class Reclassified AG-126 Sep 1945. Stricken and sold for scrap 1949.
DD-359

AG-127

411 Winslow Dec 18, 1933 Sep 21, 1936 Destroyer, Porter class Reclassified AG-127 Sep 1945. Decommissioned 1950. Stricken 1957, sold for scrap 1959.
DE-1027 510 John Willis   Feb 4, 1956

Destroyer escort, Dealey class, 314'-6", 1270dwt, 6-3"

Took part in Lebanon Patrol, 1958. First DE equipped with Variable Depth Sonar. Served in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Stricken 14 Jul 1972 and sold for scrap. DANFS History
DE-1028 511 Van Voorhis Aug 29, 1955 Jul 28, 1956

Destroyer escort, Dealey class, 314'-6", 1270dwt, 6-3"

Failed inspection Sep 1971 and declared unfit for further service. Decommissioned and struck 1 Jul 1972, and sold for scrap. DANFS History
DE-1029

DE-16

512 Hartley

Boyaca

Oct 31, 1955 Jan 1, 1957
Photo 1966 by Dick Leonhardt

Destroyer escort, Dealey class, 314'-6", 1270dwt, 6-3"

Decommissioned and stricken 8 July 1972. Sold to Columbia and renamed Boyaca (DE-16). Stricken in 1994. Reportedly preserved as museum ship at Guatape, Columbia. DANFS History
DE-1030 513 Joseph K. Taussig Jan 3, 1956 Mar 8, 1957

Destroyer escort, Dealey class, 314'-6", 1270dwt, 6-3"

Decommissioned and stricken 1 Jul 1972, and sold for scrap. DANFS History
DL-1 488 Norfolk Sep 1, 1949 Dec 29, 1951
U.S. Navy photo

Destroyer leader, Norfolk class; 540 ft, 5600 t dp, 8-3" guns

First major warship built post-WWII. Sole example of its class. Designed as antisubmarine hunter-killer on light cruiser hull. Decommissioned Jan 1970 and placed in Atlantic Reserve. Stricken 1 Nov 1973 and sold for scrap 22 Aug 1974. DANFS History

C# = New York Shipbuilding contract number


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