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Paulding-class destroyer
USS Paulding (DD-22)
Class overview
Name: Paulding-class destroyer
Operators:  United States Navy
 United States Coast Guard
Preceded by: Smith-class destroyer
Succeeded by: Cassin-class destroyer
Completed: 21
Retired: 21
Preserved: 0
General characteristics
Type: Destroyer
Displacement: 742 tons (normal)
887 tons (full load)
Length: 293 ft 10 in
Beam: 26 ft 1 in
Draft: 8 ft 4 in
Propulsion: 4 Boilers
3 Parsons Turbines
17,393 horsepower
Speed: 32.8 knots
Capacity: 236 tons/oil (fuel)
Complement: 4 Officers
82 Enlisted
Armament: 5 × 3"/50 caliber rapid fire guns
6 × 18" torpedo tubes (3x2)

The Paulding-class destroyers were a modification of the Smith-class. The newer class burned oil rather than coal, lightening the ships and making them faster.

These ships served in the United States Navy, some were later transferred to the United States Coast Guard, while the rest were sold for scrap.

Generally 21 ships, hull numbers 22 through 42, are considered Pauldings. However, some rate the hull numbers 32 through 42 as the Monaghan class. Others break hulls 24-28, 30, 31, 33 and 36 as Roe class, with hulls 32, 35, and 38-42 as Monaghan class. Curiously, Jane′s Fighting Ships of World War I refers to hulls 22-42 as the 21 [ships of the] Drayton-class, going on to say "Unofficially known as ′Flivver Type′"; the book includes Paulding in the class listing, but not as the class leader.[1]

Hulls 24-27 and 30-31 were modified from the four-stack design to have three stacks.

The Paulding class derives its name from the lead ship of the series, USS Paulding (DD-22), named after Rear Admiral Hiram Paulding (1797-1878). The ships were all commissioned between 1910 and 1912, and were active throughout World War I.

Ships in class


See also


  1. (2001) Jane's Fighting Ships of World War I, pg. 147. Random House, London. ISBN 1-85170-378-0

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