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USS CHESTER Scout Cruiser 1 / (CL 1)

CLASS - CHESTER
Displacement 3,750 Tons, Dimensions, 423' 1" (oa) x 47' 1" x 19' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/50, 6 x 3"/50 2 x 21" tt.
Armor, 2" Belt.
Machinery, 23,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 26.52 (trial) Knots, Crew 356.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME
Launched 26 JUN 1907
Commissioned 25 APR 1908
Decommissioned 15 DEC 1911
Commissioned 05 NOV 1913
Decommissioned 12 DEC 1914
Commissioned 04 APR 1915
Decommissioned 10 MAY 1916
Commissioned 24 MAR 1917
Decommissioned 10 JUN 1921
Renamed USS YORK on 10 JUL 1928
Fate: Sold for scrap 13 MAY 1930


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ESCORT Clasp


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Chester
0400105
224k Starboard side view while moored at Bath Iron Works, Bath ME, 2 MAR 1908 (just prior to her commissioning). Robert M. Cieri
Chester 86k Port view underway, Undated. Phil Paone
Chester 122k Port view underway, Undated. Fairly good details. USN
Chester 106k Starboard view underway passing the US Naval Prison at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine. The ship is heading eastward in the Piscataqua River and is about a mile upriver from passing between Fort Foster in Kittery and Fort Constitution in New Castle, New Hampshire., Undated. Fairly good details. (caption updated by Mike Pedersen) USN
Chester 155k Port view underway. 1908. Tom Daly
Chester
0400106
156k

USS Chester (CL 1) underway in New York Harbor on 14 February 1909.

Source: Imperial War Museum, American First World War Official Exchange Commission, Photo No. © IWM (Q 68551)

Mike Green
Chester
0400107
1.6m Anchored in Barcelona, Spain, June 1915. Jaume Cifre Sanchez

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
Wilson, Henry Braid, CDR 1881 ADM 04/25/1908 -
Shoemaker, William Rawle, CDR 1884 RADM 12/02/1909 - 07/22/1910
Decker, Benton Clark, CDR 1887   07/22/1910
Decommissioned     12/15/1911 - 11/05/1913
McCauley Jr., Edward, LCDR     12/03/1912
Trurnbull, Archibald Douglas, LTJG (temporary) 1907   11/02/1913 - 11/05/1913
Moffett, William Adger, CAPT 1890 ADM 11/05/1913 - 09/15/1914
Blakely, John Russell Young, CDR 1892 RADM 09/15/1914 - 11/09/1914
Belknap, Reginald Rowan, CDR 1981   11/09/1914 - 12/19/1914
Decommissioned     12/12/1914 - 04/04/1915
Wallace, Levin James, LCDR     12/19/1914 - 01/06/1915
Christy, Harley Hannibal, CDR 1891 VADM 01/06/1915 - 04/10/1915
Twining, Nathan Crook, CDR 1889 RADM 04/10/1915 - 05/08/1915
Schofield, Frank Herman, CDR 1890 RADM 05/08-1915 - 12/03/1915
Kessler, Robert Wood, LT     12/03/1915 - 05/10/1916
Decommissioned     05/10/1916 - 03/24/1917
McSheehy, Edward Lloyd, LT 1905   05/15/1916 - 03/17/1917
Williams, Yancey Sullivan, LCDR 1898 RADM 02/05/1917 - 03/17/1917
Williams, Philip, CAPT 1889   03/17/1917 -
Baughman, Cortlandt Chesterfield, LT 1907   03/24/1917 - 01/24/1919
Howe, Alfred Graham, CAPT 1901 RADM 01/24/1919 - 06/15/1919
Neal, George Franklin, CDR 1901 RADM 06/15/1919 - 10/13/1919
Babbitt, Herbert Stephens, CDR 1907   10/13/1919 - 06/10/1921

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS CHESTER Scout Cruiser 1/(CL 1) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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