USS Bainbridge (DD-1)
|Name:||Bainbridge class destroyer|
|Operators:||United States Navy|
|Succeeded by:||Truxtun class destroyer|
420 long tons (427 t) normal|
592 long tons (601 t) full load
|Length:||250 ft (76 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft 1 in (7 m)|
|Draft:||6 ft 6 in (2 m)|
4 boilers |
8,000 hp (5,966 kW)
|Speed:||28.4 knots (52.6 km/h; 32.7 mph)|
3 officers |
72 enlisted men
2 × 3 in (76 mm) guns |
5 × 6-pounder (2.7 kg) guns
2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes
Officially designated as Torpedo Boat Destroyers when authorized by Congress in 1898, the Bainbridge-class destroyers were the first destroyers of the United States Navy, built from 1899 through 1903.
The 13 Bainbridge TBDs of the 16 torpedo boat destroyers (3 were Truxtun type TBDs) authorized by Congress were ordered following the Spanish-American War, and were decommissioned in 1920. One ship was lost at sea: the Chauncey, which collided with the British merchantman S.S. Rose in 1917.
After decommissioning, the 12 remaining ships were sold to Joseph G. Hitner, except for the Hopkins. Hopkins was sold to the Denton Shore Lumber Company in Tampa, Florida.
Subdividing the Bainbridge class
Some sources break the Bainbridge class into other classes.
- Hopkins and Hull were oil-fueled rather than coal-fueled, had turtle deck forward and may be considered to be Hopkins-class.
- Lawrence and Macdonough had two additional 6-pounder guns, turtledeck forward, carried their funnels in only one group of four and may be considered to be Lawrence-class.
- Paul Jones, Perry and Preble carried one twin torpedo tube instead of two singles and may be considered to be Lawrence-class.
- Stewart was equipped with Seabury boilers and was fastest of the 400-tonners (she was also the smallest).
Ships in class
|USS Bainbridge (DD-1)||Neafie and Levy Ship and Engine Building Company|
|USS Barry (DD-2)||Neafie and Levy Ship and Engine Building Company|
|USS Chauncey (DD-3)||Neafie and Levy Ship and Engine Building Company|
|USS Dale (DD-4)||William R. Trigg Company, Richmond, Virginia|
|USS Decatur (DD-5)||William R. Trigg Company, Richmond, Virginia|
|USS Hopkins (DD-6)||Harlan & Hollingsworth Company, Wilmington|
|USS Hull (DD-7)||Harlan & Hollingsworth Company, Wilmington|
|USS Lawrence (DD-8)||Fore River Ship & Engine Company|
|USS Macdonough (DD-9)||Fore River Ship & Engine Company|
|USS Paul Jones (DD-10)||Union Iron Works|
|USS Perry (DD-11)||Union Iron Works|
|USS Preble (DD-12)||Union Iron Works|
|USS Stewart (DD-13)||Gas Engine and Power Company|
- Simpson p. 148, 151
- Gardiner, Robert, Conway's all the world's fighting ships 1860-1905 Conway Maritime Press, 1997. ISBN 0-85177-133-5
- Simpson, Richard V. Building The Mosquito Fleet, The US Navy's First Torpedo Boats. Arcadia Publishing, Charleston South Carolina, USA, 2001. ISBN 0-7385-0508-0.
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