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Displacement 700 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 26' 5" x 10' 7" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 10,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 28 Knots, Crew 89.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia. on March 18 1908.
Launched June 16 1909 and commissioned February 10 1910.
Decommissioned Charleston South Carolina July 15 1919.
Stricken September 15 1919.
Fate Sold to T. A. Scott Co., New London, CT for $ 18,000.00.

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Lamson 97kRoswell Hawkes Lamson was born in Iowa, and appointed to the Naval Academy 20 September 1858. After graduating in 1862, he saw action in the Civil War. Lamson commanded Mount Vernon in joint Army-Navy operations on the Wansemont River, and he played an important role in the capture of batteries at Hills Point. While in command of Gettysburg, he was in the forefront of the attack on Fort Fisher, and he gallantly piloted the powder boat Louisiana in under the fort. He resigned from the Navy in 1866. In 1895 Lamson was appointed lieutenant and placed on the retired list. Lieutenant Lamson died in Portland, Oreg., 14 August 1903. Photo #: NH 53730. USS Gettysburg (1864-1879) montage featuring a painting of the ship (by De Simone, Naples, 1878) and views of four officers who served in her in 1864-1865. The officers are (clockwise from upper right): Lieutenant Roswell H. Lamson., Commanding Officer; Henry S. Hutchings, Paymaster's Clerk; Acting Master's Mate H.J. ("I" ?) Derbyshire; and Acting 3rd Assistant Engineer Enoch B. Carter (probably - there is no Engineer named "William Carter" in contemporary Navy Registers). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Lamson 38kUndated, location unknown. Photo from Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Lamson 91kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Lamson 56kRunning trials 1909 - 1910. USN photo NH 88479 by J. W. Dawson, Philadelphia, PA. Joe Radigan
Lamson 133kUSS Lamson (DD-18) on trials in 1910. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Lamson 69kPhoto #: NH 85147. USS Lamson (Destroyer # 18) at anchor, circa 1910, before her smokestacks were raised. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1977. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Lamson 65kPhoto #: NH 99253. USS Lamson (Destroyer # 18) underway in 1912. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Lamson 64kPhoto #: NH 99252. USS Lamson (Destroyer # 18) in harbor, circa 1912. Collection of Admiral Harold R. Stark, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Lamson USS Benham (Destroyer # 49) Leaving Brest harbor, France, to take escort position, on 22 October 1918. USS Lamson (Destroyer # 18) is in the left center distance. Note the pattern camouflage worn by both destroyers. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Lamson 174kUSS Lamson (Destroyer # 18) taken at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 5 March 1919. It shows older destroyers in the Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, preparing to go out of commission. They are from left to right: USS Lamson (Destroyer # 18); USS Flusser (Destroyer # 20); USS Paul Jones (Destroyer # 10) and USS Decatur (Destroyer # 5). Other ships are in the distance. Note depth charge racks, after steering wheels and twin 18-inch torpedo tubes on Lamson and Flusser.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John McClane Luby    Feb 10 1910 - Mar 23 1911 (Later RADM)
LT Herbert Fairfax Leary    Mar 23 1911 - Feb 10 1913 (Later VADM)
LCDR Harry Adrian McClure    Feb 10 1913 - Jun 7 1913 (Later COMO)
LTJG Henry Rupert Keller    Sep 16 1913 - Oct 16 1916
LT Francis John Comerford    Oct 16 1916 - Apr 30 1917
LCDR William Reynolds Purnell    Apr 30 1917 - Jun 14 1918 (Later RADM)
LCDR Donald Bradford Beary    Jun 14 1918 - Aug 10 1918 (Later VADM)    
LCDR Clifford Evans Van Hook    Aug 10 1918 - Feb 7 1919            
LT John Kelvey Richards, Jr.    Feb 7 1919 - Jul 15 1919

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