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Displacement 400 Tons, Dimensions, 246' 3" (oa) x 22' 3" x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 2 x 3"/50, 5 x 6pdr, 2 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 8,400 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Crew 72.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on April 21 1899.
Launched December 24 1900 and commissioned September 5 1903.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia September 3 1919.
Stricken November 7 1919.
Fate Sold March 10 1920 to Joseph G. Hitner, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Macdonough 84kPortrait in oils of Captain Thomas Macdonough, U.S.N. (1783-1825), "The Hero of Lake Champlain" by an unknown artist. Photographed on 17 September 1954. The original painting is in Old North Church, 187 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-K-22707.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Macdonough 73kUSS Lawrence (DD-8) and USS Macdonough (DD-9) fitting out at the Fore River Ship & Engine Company, shipyard, Weymouth, Massachusetts, circa 1902 (USN).Robert Hurst
Macdonough 116k1907 photo of the Lawrence class ship USS Macdonough. This class was considered the least successful of the first batch of destroyers as they couldn't mount the then standard 3" gun. 6-pounders were substituted but this, along with their close grouped boiler arrangement, made them undesirable as first class fighting ships. Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-D4-22410.Mike Green
Macdonough 37kAs above, a print from the original glass negative.USN
Macdonough 78kUSS Macdonough (Destroyer # 9) at anchor in 1908. Photographed by Enrique Muller. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 124kU.S. Navy Torpedo Craft at Cairo, Illinois During their Mississippi River cruise, 26 September 1909. Photographed by A.E. Kerr. They are (from left to right): USS Wilkes (Torpedo Boat # 35); USS Thornton (Torpedo Boat # 33); USS Tingey (Torpedo Boat # 34); and USS Macdonough (Destroyer # 9). Note that all are flying 46-star jacks. Courtesy of R.D. Jeska, 1984. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 61kPhoto #: NH 100420, USS Macdonough (Destroyer # 9) in the Mississippi River on 1 October 1909, possibly off St. Louis, Missouri. The original photograph was printed on a postal card that was mailed from St. Louis on 7 October 1909 with the message "There IS a hot time in St. Louis this week". Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1985. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Macdonough 135kDestroyers in port, circa 1914. The ship in the center foreground, with four equally-spaced smokestacks, is USS Macdonough (Destroyer # 9), which was assigned to the Reserve Torpedo Division, Newport, Rhode Island, on 1 January 1914. Alongside her starboard side (in left center) is USS Worden (Destroyer # 16), assigned at that time to the Reserve Torpedo Division, Annapolis, Maryland. The unidentified destroyer at far left is a member of the Second Division, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla, as shown by the numeral 2 on her middle smokestack. Courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 99868 Mike Green
Macdonough 143kUSS Macdonough (Destroyer # 9), torpedo boat destroyer, underway in July, 1914, the second boat to enter Cape Cod Canal after it was opened on a limited basis. Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones CollectionMike Green
Macdonough 67kUSS Lawrence (Destroyer # 8) or USS Macdonough (Destroyer # 9) Off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, circa 1918. The receiving ships Richmond (left) and Cumberland (center) are in the background, at the St. Helena Naval Training Station. Courtesy of Paul H. Silverstone, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 126kUSS Macdonough at Philadelphia Navy Yard in Spring 1919. NHC photo 98604-A.Gerd Matthes

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Commanding Officers
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LT Charles Sumner Bookwalter    Sep 6 1903 - Jul 2 1904

LT Roland Irvin Curtin    Jul 2 1904 - Aug 8 1905

LT Albert Henry MacCarthy    Aug 8 1905 - Oct 20 1905

LT Kenneth Marratt Bennett    Oct 20 1905 - Sep 14 1906

LT Julius Frederick Hellweg    Sep 14 1906 - May 16 1907 (Later RADM)

LT Louis Clark Richardson    May 16 1907 - Nov 2 1907

(Decommissioned Nov 2 1907 - Nov 21 1908)

LT Willis Gemmill Mitchell    Nov 21 1908 - Dec 16 1909

(In reserve Dec 16 1909 - Oct 14 1912)

LT Charles Adams Blakeley    Oct 14 1912 - Dec 1 1912 (Later VADM)

(Decommissioned Dec 1 1912 - Mar 23 1914)

ENS George Martin Cook    Mar 23 1914 - 1915

LT Lemuel Musetter Stevens    1915 - Dec 29 1915

LTJG John Harrison Semmes Dessez    Dec 29 1915 - Feb 1 1916

LCDR Robert Messinger Hinckley    Feb 1 1916 - Aug 7 1918

LCDR William Dwight Chandler, Jr.    Aug 7 1918 - Dec 6 1918

LT Rawson James Valentine    Dec 6 1918 - Sep 3 1919

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