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Displacement 420 Tons, Dimensions, 250' (oa) x 23' 7" x 9' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 x 3"/50, 5 x 6pdr RF, 2 x 18" torpedo tubes
Machinery, 8,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29 Knots, Crew 75.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia, PA (YN 919)
Authorized 04 May 1898
Contract awarded 01 October 1898
Laid down 02 September 1899
Launched 22 March 1902
Commissioned 24 November 1902
Decommissioned 02 April 1908
Recommissioned 21 December 1908
Decommissioned 21 October 1912
Recommissioned 24 June 1913
Decommissioned 28 June 1919
Stricken 15 September 1919
Fate Sold 03 January 1920 to Joseph G. Hitner, Philadelphia for $10,855 and broken up for scrap.

Three men died in service aboard and remain on duty

WT Timothy John Dempsey (155 58 80) USN, Formosa Straits, 10 October 1905
GM1c George Young (s/n unknown) USN, 11 June 1913
WT Lee Blair (175 22 90) USN, 26 February 1918

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John Barry (1745 - 13 September 1803) was an officer in the Continental Navy during the American Revolutionary War and later in the United States Navy. Barry was born in Tacumshane, County Wexford, Ireland and appointed a Captain in the Continental Navy 7 December 1775. He commanded Lexington and Alliance. He and his crew of the Alliance fought and won the final naval battle of the American Revolution off the coast of Cape Canaveral on March 10, 1783. He was seriously wounded 29 May 1781 while in command of Alliance during her capture of HMS Atalanta and Trepassey. Barry was successful in suppressing three mutinies during his career as an officer in the Continental Navy. Appointed senior captain upon the establishment of the U.S. Navy, he commanded the frigate United States in the Quasi-War with France. Barry authored a Signal Book published in 1780 to improve communications at sea among vessels traveling in formation. Barry also suggested the creation of a Department of the Navy with separate cabinet status from the Secretary of War. This was finally realized with the formation of the United States Department of the Navy in 1798. Barry's suggestions about establishing government-operated navy yards were also realized, and in particular he had a hand in the establishment of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. His 17-year span of national service and his training of so many of the heroes of the War of 1812 under Barry's tutelage earned him the sobriquet, "Father of the Navy." Barry, having recruited a company of volunteers for land service, took part in the Trenton campaign in December 1776. These volunteers and the marines cooperating with them were commended by General George Washington. Barry acted as an aide to General John Cadwalader, and was sent on several occasions as a bearer of important dispatches. His next duty was assisting in the defense of Philadelphia and operations in the upper Delaware River. When the British took possession of Philadelphia in September 1777, Captain Barry was ordered to take the uncompleted Continental frigate Effingham up the Delaware River to a place of safety. In October, the ship was ordered sunk or burned. She was sunk on 2 November, near Bordentown, New Jersey, to deny her use to the British. Commodore Barry died at Strawberry Hill, in present-day Philadelphia on 13 September 1803, and was buried there in St. Mary's Cemetery.
[1] Photo #: NH 76537-KN Commodore John Barry, USN painting by V. Zveg, 1972, after the portrait by Gilbert Stuart. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
[2 & 3] Members of the United States Navy and dignitaries gather at Commodore John Barry’s monument in Philadelphia for the 185th anniversary honoring the birth of the Sons of Revolution on August 2 1924. The monument was unveiled in 1914. [2] Digital ID: npcc 11902, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. [3] Digital ID: npcc 11901, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs.
(4) Barry's Commission as Captain signed by President Washington.
Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst/Phil Gilson
USS Barry (Destroyer No. 2)
Barry 76kThe launching and christening ceremony Philadelphia March 22 1902.PAHRC
Barry 58kThe launching and christening ceremony Philadelphia March 22 1902.PAHRC
Barry 113kUSS Barry (Destroyer # 2) photographed in port soon after completion, circa 1902-1903. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Barry 122kThe First Torpedo Flotilla steaming in close formation off Chefoo, China, in 1905, while under the command of Lieutenant Dudley W. Knox. Ships present are (as numbered): 1 USS Decatur (DD-5); 2 USS Dale (DD-4); 3 USS Barry (DD-2); 4 USS Chauncey (DD-3) and 4 USS Bainbridge (DD-1). Donation of Mrs J.R.Kean. 1938. Courtesy of Captain Dudley W.Knox, USN (Retired) (Photo No 52102).Robert Hurst
Barry 60kThe First Torpedo Flotilla forming a 'wedge' formation while steaming off Chefoo, China, during the summer of 1905. Photographed from USS Dale (DD-4). The other ships present are (as numbered). 1 USS Decatur (DD-5), 2 USS Barry (DD-2); USS Chauncey (DD-3) and 4 USS Bainbridge (DD-1). The Flotilla was commanded by Lieutenant Dudley W. Knox. Donation by Mrs. J.R.Kean, 1938. Courtesy of Captain Dudley W. Knox, USN (Retired) (Photo No NH 52103.Robert Hurst
Barry 133kUSS Barry (Destroyer # 2) Alongside the Sheer Wharf at Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines, circa 1910-1913. Collection of Phillip H. Wilson. Donated by Mrs. Pauline M. Wilson, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Robert Hurst
Barry 63kUSS Barry (DD-2) coaling at the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, circa 1912. Collection off Phillip H. Wilson (USN).Robert Hurst
Barry 82kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) and USS Barry (Destroyer # 2) anchored in Philippine waters, circa 1914-1916. Collection of C.A. Shively. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Barry 3217kA very large newspaper clipping of the USS Barry (DD-2), USS Tripp (DD-33), USS Aylwin (DD-47) and the USS McDougal (DD-54) from the Baltimore Sun dated September 12 1915.Mike Mohl
Barry 106kA Bainbridge Class destroyer coaling from the beach in the Philippine Islands. This destroyer is either USS Bainbridge (DD-1), USS Barry (DD-2) or USS Chauncey (DD-3). The donor's original caption, which incorrectly indentifies the ship as USS Decatur (DD-5), reads "coaling from the beach near Zamboanga, P.I. 1916. Mooring Lines are tied to old stock anchors on the beach. The coal was carried aboard in baskets on a pole by two natives. This was Pocahontas coal from West Va. The rest of the Asiatic fleet used Japanese coal". Courtesy Naval Historical Foundation, Fred Iverson Collection (Photo No NH 54426). Robert Hurst
Barry 116kPhoto #: NH 56348, USS Barry (Destroyer # 2) at the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Barry 168kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, Old destroyers in the Reserve Basin, 13 June 1919, while awaiting decommissioning. Note the truck and liferafts on the pier. These ships are (from left to right): USS Worden (Destroyer # 16); USS Barry (Destroyer # 2); USS Hull (Destroyer # 7); USS Hopkins (Destroyer # 6) -- probably; USS Bainbridge (Destroyer # 1); USS Stewart (Destroyer # 13); USS Paul Jones (Destroyer # 10); and USS Decatur (Destroyer # 5). Ships further to the right can not be identified. Courtesy of Frank Jankowski, 1981. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Barry 81kPhoto #: NH 43036, Philadelphia Navy Yard, destroyers awaiting decommissioning in the Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, during the Spring of 1919. Photographed by La Tour.dShips present are (from left to right): USS Isabel; four unidentified "750-ton" type destroyers; USS Preble (Destroyer # 12); USS Decatur (Destroyer # 5); USS Paul Jones (Destroyer # 10); USS Stewart (Destroyer # 13); USS Bainbridge (Destroyer # 1); USS Hopkins (Destroyer # 6); USS Hull (Destroyer # 7); USS Barry (Destroyer # 2); USS Worden (Destroyer # 16); USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14); USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15); USS Perry (Destroyer # 11); USS Lawrence (Destroyer # 8); and USS Dale (Destroyer # 4). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart

USS BARRY DD-2 History
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Commanding Officers
01LT Noble Edward Irwin (USNA 1891)24 November 1902 - 07 July 1905
02LT George Washington Steele, Jr. (USNA 1900)07 July 1905 - 27 March 1906
03LT Adolphus Eugene Watson (USNA 1899)27 March 1906 - 08 January 1907
04ENS David Lyons USN08 January 1907 - 28 December 1907
05ENS Joseph Vance Ogan (USNA 1905)28 December 1907 - 02 April 1908
 Decommissioned02 April 1908 - 21 December 1908
06ENS John Morris Smeallie (USNA 1905)21 December 1908 - 30 December 1909
07ENS Edmund Spence Root (USNA 1905)30 December 1909 - 04 April 1910
08ENS Lloyd Woolsey Townsend (USNA 1905)04 April 1910 - 11 February 1911
09LT(jg) Robert Wright Cabaniss (USNA 1906)11 February 1911 - 12 December 1911
10LT (jg) Richard Hill (USNA 1907)12 December 1911 - 21 October 1912
 Decommissioned21 October 1912 - 22 March 1913
11ENS William Cook Owen (USNA 1908)22 March 1913 - 14 June 1913
12LT(jg) Charles Stanley Keller (USNA 1907)14 June 1913 - 15 February 1915
13LT William Faulkner Amsden (USNA 1907)05 March 1915 - 15 October 1915
14LT(jg) Selah Montrose LaBounty (USNA 1908)15 October 1915 - 04 February 1918
15CDR Roy Philip Emrich (USNA 1907)04 February 1918 - 08 August 1918
16LT Henry Parsons Samson (USNA 1914)08 August 1918 - 10 January 1919
17LT Joseph Wesley Gregory (USNA 1917)10 January 1919 - 28 June 1919

Thanks to David Wright

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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