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USS Cowell (DD-167)
USS Cowell (DD-167)
Career (US)
Name: USS Cowell (DD-167)
Namesake: John G. Cowell
Builder: Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 15 July 1918
Launched: 23 November 1918
Commissioned: 17 March 1919 to 27 June 1922
17 June 1940 to 23 September 1940
Fate: Transferred to UK, 23 September 1940
Career (UK) Royal Navy Ensign
Name: HMS Brighton (I08)
Commissioned: 23 September 1940
Fate: Transferred to USSR, 16 July 1944
Career (USSR) Soviet Navy Ensign
Name: Zharkiy (Torrid)
Acquired: 16 July 1944
Fate: Returned to UK for scrapping, 28 February 1949
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,060 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 101 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4 in (102 mm),4 x 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Cowell (DD–167) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Brighton, and later to the Soviet Navy as Zharkiy.

As USS Cowell

Named for John G. Cowell, she was launched 23 November 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Miss E. P. Garney; and commissioned 17 March 1919, Lieutenant Commander C. E. Van Hook in command. Cowell cleared Boston, Massachusetts, 3 May 1919, to take station at Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, first stopping point for the Navy seaplanes which that month began the historic first aerial crossing of the Atlantic. After patrolling her station, she returned to Boston 22 May to prepare for European service, and on 30 June sailed from New York to join the American naval force in the Adriatic. Here she served as dispatch ship for the Allied Peace Commission, and as station ship at Croatian (then in Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes ports of Rijeka, Split, and Trogir, in turn until 23 October, when she cleared for home.

In reserve at Boston and Charleston from 1 December 1919, Cowell put to sea for a training period out of Newport, Rhode Island, with a reserve organization from April through October 1921, returning to Charleston. On 27 June 1922, she was decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard, where she lay until recommissioned 17 June 1940 for patrol duty in the Atlantic. She cruised along the east coast on this duty until 18 September 1940 when she arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, there to be decommissioned 23 September 1940 and transferred to the Royal Navy the same day in the land bases for destroyers exchange.

See USS Cowell for other ships of this name.

As HMS Brighton

Commissioned as HMS Brighton, the destroyer served with minelayers in the Denmark Strait and off the Faroe Islands. On 27 February 1941, she rescued from the sea 19 survivors of torpedoed SS Baltisan. Brighton was modified for trade convoy escort service by removal of three of the original 4"/50 caliber guns and one of the triple torpedo tube mounts to reduce topside weight for additional depth charge stowage and installation of Hedgehog.[1] After refit, she served during 1943 and 1944 as target ship for naval aircraft training in the Western Approaches and at Rosyth, Scotland.

As Zharkiy

Soviet destroyer Zharkiy.

On 16 July 1944 she was transferred to Russia, in whose Navy she served as Zharkiy (rus. Жаркий, "Torrid") until returned to the British at Rosyth 28 February 1949. She was sold for scrap on 5 April 1949.

See also


  1. Lenton&Colledge (1968) p.91


  • Lenton, H.T. and Colledge J.J. (1968). British and Dominion Warships of World War II. Doubleday and Company. 

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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