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Displacement 433 Tons, Dimensions, 259' 6" (oa) x 23' 3" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 2 x 3"/50, 6 x 6pdr, 2 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 8,300 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29 Knots, Crew 72.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Maryland Steel, Sparrows Pt. Md. on November 13 1899.
Launched August 15 1901 and commissioned September 11 1902.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia July 18 1919.
Stricken September 15 1919.
Fate Sold January 3 1920 into the merchant service as banana carrier and later scrapped.

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Truxton 71kThomas Truxtun 1755-1822, American naval officer, born. near Hempstead, L.I., N.Y. In the American Revolution he won a name as a privateer, seizing many British prizes. Later he was a sea captain in merchant trade until the U.S. navy was organized. In the "near war" with France (1798-1800), he commanded the Constellation and earned an outstanding reputation. He captured the French frigate L'Insurgente (1799) and then later defeated La Vengeance (1800), although he was prevented by a storm from taking the latter ship as a prize. Shortly afterward he retired from the navy.Bill Gonyo
Truxtun 29kUndated, location unknown.USN
Truxtun 58kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Truxtun 27kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Truxtun 239kUndated, the "gunners gang" aboard USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14) with a Whitehead Mark 1 torpedo in foreground. Image scanned from Building The Mosquito Fleet: The U.S. Navy's First Torpedo Boats, by Richard V. Simpson.Robert Hurst
Truxtun128k Newspaper clipping from the St. Louis Republic dated July 14 1901 from the ship's christening.Mike Mohl
Truxtun281k USS Truxtun (DD-14) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers in the United States Navy. She was named for Commodore Thomas Truxtun. Truxtun was laid down on 13 November 1899 at Sparrows Point, Maryland, by the Maryland Steel Company and launched on 15 August 1901. She was sponsored by Miss Isabelle Truxtun, Truxton’s granddaughter, of Norfolk, Virginia. The twin ships Whipple (sponsored by Miss Elsie Pope of St. Paul) and USS Worden (DD-16) (sponsored by Miss Emilie Worden) were launched the same day. Photo by the Baltimore Sun Magazine.Bill Gonyo
Truxtun26k Seen here on July 1 1902, This class reverted back to the "Turtle Back Forecastle", Regarded as the best of the early destroyers, Truxtun and her sisters were sold into the merchant service as Banana carriers, they enjoyed long civilian careers with one (Whipple) not being scrapped until 1956. USN
Truxtun179k 1906 postcard of the Truxtun. Arnold A. Putnam
Truxtun 102kDestroyers at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, Autumn 1907. These ships are (from left to right): USS Hull (Destroyer # 7); USS Lawrence (Destroyer # 8); USS Hopkins (Destroyer # 6); USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15) and USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14). Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Truxtun 102kPhoto #: 19-N-60-10-17, destroyers at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Virginia, Autumn 1907. The destroyers in the foreground basin (from left to right): USS Hull (Destroyer # 7); USS Lawrence (Destroyer # 8); USS Hopkins (Destroyer # 6); USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15) and USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14). USS Stewart (Destroyer # 13) is at the end of the dock, at right, and USS Talbot (Torpedo Boat # 15) is hauled out on the marine railway at left. On the opposite side of the river are several torpedo boats of the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla and their barracks ship, the old cruiser Atlanta. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Tony Cowart
Truxtun 98kPhoto #: NH 93693, Pacific Fleet Destroyers moored together at San Diego, California, circa 1909-1911. Photographed by the Arcade View Company, San Diego. These ships are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones or Perry (Destroyer # 10 or 11); USS Preble (Destroyer # 12); USS Hopkins (Destroyer # 6); USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14); USS Stewart (Destroyer # 13); USS Lawrence (Destroyer # 8); USS Hull (Destroyer # 7); and USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15). The numeral "2", painted on some of these destroyers, indicates they are members of the Second Torpedo Division. Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Truxtun 260kA series of 3 images of the USS Paul Jones (DD 10), USS Preble (DD 12), USS Whipple (DD 15), USS Truxton (DD 14) and USS Stewart (DD 13) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on December 26, 1912.Darryl Baker
Truxtun 241kAs above, viewed from dock caisson.Darryl Baker
Truxtun 198kAs above, viewed from head of dock. The submarine F-1 (SS 20) can be seen to the left of the dry dock.Darryl Baker
Truxtun 54kPhoto #: NH 92186, U.S. Pacific Fleet destroyers at Mazatlan, Mexico, 26 April 1914, keeping watch on the Mexican gunboat Morales (the two-funneled ship in the right center distance). The two destroyers nearest to the camera are (in no particular order): USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14) and USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15). Collection of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Truxtun 113kUSS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14), Anchored in a West Coast harbor, circa 1915-1916. Collection of Thomas P. Naughton, 1973. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 92184.Robert Hurst
Truxtun 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
Truxtun 113kPhoto #: NH 52105, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania destroyers awaiting decommissioning, in the Yard's Reserve Basin, 4 March 1919. Ships present include (from left to right): USS Lawrence (Destroyer # 8); USS Perry (Destroyer # 11); USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15); USS Truxtun (Destroyer # 14); and USS Worden (Destroyer # 16). Note Lawrence's after torpedo tube (with torpedo visible) and pattern camouflage; 48-star flags, radio masts and signal flags on several of these destroyers; and small craft moored to the ships' sterns. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Truxtun 175kProbably the USS Truxton (DD-14) after she was converted to a banana boat (motor fruit carrier). Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Archibald Hilliard Davis    Sep 11 1902 - Jul 18 1903
LT Henry Kennedy Benham    Jul 18 1903 - Apr 16 1904
LT Walter Selwyn Crosley    Apr 16 1904 - Mar 30 1905
LCDR Clark Daniel Stearns     Mar 30 1905 - Jul 7 1906
ENS John Vincent Babcock    Jul 7 1906 - Jul 4 1907
LT Louis Clark Richardson    Jul4 1907 - Nov 18 1907
LT Charles Sylvanus Kerrick    Nov 18 1907 - Mar 1 1909
ENS Randolph Perry Scudder    Mar 1 1909 - Jan 27 1912
ENS Sydney Moses Kraus    Jan 27 1912 - Jun 8 1912
LT Charles Adams Blakely    Jun 8 1912 - Jul 20 1912
LT John Enoch Pond    Jul 20 1912 - Oct 5 1912
LTJG Thomas Alexander Symington    Oct 5 1912 - Aug 16 1913
LT Eugene Edward Wilson    Aug 16 1913 - Sep 30 1913 
LT Robert Frank Gross    Sep 30 1913 - Dec 27 1913 
LT Edwin Guthrie    Dec 27 1913 -Sep 18 1914
LTJG Robert Grimes Coman    Sep 18 1914 - May 6 1915
Gillette    May 6 1915 - Sep 5 1915
LT Daniel Judson Callaghan    Sep 5 1915 - Nov 11 1916
LT James Grady Ware    Nov 11 1916 - 1917
LTJG Harvey Shadle Haislip    1917 - Mar 20 1917
LT James Grady Ware    Mar 20 1917 - Apr 30 1919
LT James Dawson Brown    Apr 30 1919 - Jul 18 1919

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