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Bainbridge-class destroyer
USS Bainbridge
USS Bainbridge (DD-1)
Class overview
Name: Bainbridge class destroyer
Operators:  United States Navy
Preceded by: None
Succeeded by: Truxtun class destroyer
Built: 1899–1901
In commission: 1902–1919
Completed: 13
Lost: 1
Retired: 12
Preserved: 0
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 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)
Propulsion: 4 boilers
2 engines
8,000 hp (5,966 kW)
Speed: 28.4 knots (52.6 km/h; 32.7 mph)
Complement: 3 officers
72 enlisted men
Armament: 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,[1] 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.[citation needed]

  • 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

Ship Shipyard
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


  1. 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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