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USS CHAUNCEY (DD-3)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDF

CLASS - BAINBRIDGE As Built.
Displacement 420 Tons, Dimensions, 250' (oa) x 23' 7" x 9' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 x 3"/50, 5 x 6pdr, 2 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 8,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29 Knots, Crew 75.
Operational and Building Data
Builder, Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia.
Laid down December 2 1899.
Launched October 26 1901 and commissioned November 20 1902.
Decommissioned at Cavite on December 3 1905 recommissioned on January 12 1907.
Fate Chauncey was sunk in collision with cargo ship SS Rose 110 miles west of Gibraltar November 19 1917.
Stricken December 17 1917.
21 members of her crew went down with Chauncey,
including her Captain, 70 men were picked up and taken to port.

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Chauncey 58kIsaac Chauncey, born in Black Rock, Conn., 20 February 1779, was appointed a Lieutenant in the Navy from 17 September 1798. He fought with gallantry in the West Indies during the Quasi-War with France; in the Mediterranean during the War with the Barbary Powers; and commanded John Adams (1804-5), Hornet (1805-6), Washington and the Mediterranean Squadron (1815-1820). Perhaps his most outstanding service was during the War of 1812 when he commanded the naval forces on Lake Ontario, conducting amphibious operations in cooperation with the Army, and containing the large British squadron stationed there. His last service was as member, and, for 4 years, President, of the Board of Navy Commissioners. Commodore Chauncey died in Washington 27 January 1840. Photo #: KN-10889. Commodore Isaac Chauncey, USN (1772-1840)oil on wood, 26" by 21.5", by Gilbert Stuart (1775-1828). Painted circa 1818. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Chauncey 99kCrew members of the USS Chauncey (DD 3). Possibly in the Philippines in the early 1900's. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Chauncey 78kPhoto #: NH 61544-A, USS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) taking on coal at sea off Ferro, Canary Islands, during the First Torpedo Flotilla's voyage from the Atlantic Coast to the Philippines by way of the Suez Canal, circa late 1903 or early 1904. Chauncey had run out of coal, necessitating this refueling at sea. The coal was carried in boats from USS Buffalo, which escorted the Flotilla on its cruise. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Chauncey 27kCirca 1903-1907Ed Sere
Chauncey 90kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) Photographed circa late 1903, just before starting her cruise from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to Manila, Philippine Islands, with the First Torpedo Flotilla, under the command of Lieutenant Lloyd H. Chandler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Chauncey 51kUSS Dale (DD-4) in the foreground and the USS Chauncey (DD-3) in the left distance. The photograph taken from the bridge of the USS Decatur (DD-5) by Machinist's Mate May, during the First Torpdo Boat Flotilla's transit of the Mediterranean Sea, en route to the Philippine Islands by way of the Suez Canal, circa late 1903 or early 1904. The air was filled with red dust from the desert (USN). Robert Hurst
Chauncey 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
Chauncey 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
Chauncey 74kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) Photographed prior to World War I. U.S. Naval Historical Center PhotographJoe Radigan
Chauncey 115kPhoto #: NH 73124: USS Chauncey in the "Dewey" floating drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910. Donation of Mr. F.M. Deats, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.-
Chauncey 81kPhoto #: NH 73125, USS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) stern view, taken in the "Dewey" floating drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910. Donation of Mr. F.M. Deats, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Chauncey 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
Chauncey 52kUSS Dale and the USS Chauncey underway in Philippine waters, en route to Cebu, circa 1914-1916 (USN).Robert Hurst
Chauncey 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
Chauncey 97kPhoto #: NH 42003. USS Chauncey (Destroyer # 3) memorial tablet erected by the officers and men of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen in memory of the three officers and eighteen enlisted crewmen lost with Chauncey on 19 November 1917. The tablet was probably dedicated following World War I, possibly at Gibraltar. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo

USS CHAUNCEY DD-3 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to David Wright

LT Stanford Elwood Moses    Feb 21 1903 - Jul 16 1904
LT Earl Percy Jessop    Jul 16 1904 - Sep 26 1905
ENS Joseph Rollie Defrees    Sep 26 1905 - Dec 3 1905 (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Dec 3 1905 - Jan 12 1907)
MACH Fred Walter Cobbs    Jan 12 1907 - Jan 19 1907
LT Frank Robert McCrary    Jan 19 1907 - Jul 20 1908 (OIC)
LT James Harvey Tomb    Jul 20 1908 - Jun 9 1909
ENS Laurance North McNair    Jun 9 1909 - Dec 22 1910
LT Robert Wright Cabaniss    Feb 11 1911 - Nov 14 1911
ENS John Craig Cunningham    Nov 14 1911 - Apr 18 1912
LT Frank Jack Fletcher    Apr 18 1912 - Dec 21 1912 (Later ADM)
LTJG Richard Hill    Dec 21 1912 - Mar 8 1913
ENS Eugene Morris Woodson    Mar 8 1913 - Feb 7 1914
LTJG John Calvin Jennings    Feb 7 1914 - May 31 1914
LT George Hall Bowdrey    May 31 1914 - Jun 5 1916 (Later COMO)
LCDR Walter Elsworth Reno    Jun 5 1916 - Nov 19 1917

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