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Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 6 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 86.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. on August 19 1909.
Launched August 22 1910 and commissioned October 29 1910.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia November 1919.
Drayton lost her name to new construction on July 1 1933.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold June 28 1935 and broken up for scrap.

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Drayton 97kPercival Drayton, born 25 August 1812 in Charleston, S.C., was appointed a Midshipman 1 December 1827. During the Civil War, he commanded Pocahontas in the expedition against Port Royal, S.C., in October 1861. As Fleet Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Drayton served gallantly in command of Admiral D. G. Farragut's flagship Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in April 1865 and died in that post 4 August 1865. Photo #: NH 50435. Captain Percival Drayton, USN portrait photograph, taken circa 1864-1865. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Drayton 63kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Drayton 42kUndated, location unknown. Photo by Muller in Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Drayton 77kThe launching August 22 1910 at Bath, ME.Richard Leonhardt
Drayton 104kPhoto #: NH 54567 USS Drayton running builder's trials in 1910, prior to installation of her armament. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 79kPhoto #: NH 99398 Fine screen halftone reproduction of a photograph of Drayton making 28.92 knots during builder's trials, 1910. Copied from "The New Navy of the United States", by N.L. Stebbins, (New York, 1912). Donation of David Shadell, 1987. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 70kPhoto #: NH 99255, USS Drayton (Destroyer # 23) underway in 1912. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Drayton 67kPhoto #: NH 564 USS Drayton photographed prior to World War I, probably in New York Harbor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 64kPhoto #: NH 103932, USS Drayton (Destroyer # 23) damage to the ship's bow, after a collision with USS Aylwin (Destroyer # 47), circa 1916-1917 or 1919. The original image was printed on postal card stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Drayton 75kU.S. Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1916-1917. Second section from left (of six) of a panoramic photograph taken from the Naval Station radio tower. Among the ships present are: battleships South Carolina and Michigan (toward the left, in no particular order); destroyers Drayton (left center) and Aylwin (center, middle distance); and a battleship that is either Wyoming or Arkansas (right foreground).Robert Hurst
Drayton 10kStarboard side, camouflaged, Queenstown, Ireland, 1918. Note the unusual camouflage pattern.USN
Drayton 89kPhoto #: NH 99404 USS Drayton underway in western French waters, seen from on board another ship, 1918. Note Drayton's pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 72kPhoto #: NH 99400 USS Drayton at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 11 February 1919. Photographed by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, # 11 Portland Street, Boston. Note Drayton's damaged stem, and the masts of USS Constitution in the left background. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 72kR-26 (SS-103) getting ready to submerge at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, September 22, 1923. Among the decommissioned ships nested to the left is the destroyer Drayton (DD-23). Cropped version of US Navy photo # 19-N-10578.Daniel Dunham

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Henry Charles Dinger    Oct 29 1910 - Oct 14 1912
LT William Dillworth Puleston    Oct 14 1912 - Aug 12 1913
LCDR Charles Seymour Freeman    Aug 12 1913 - Jun 6 1915 (Later VADM)
LCDR David Worth Bagley Sr.    Jun 6 1915 - Feb 2 1917 (Later ADM)
LT John Sherman Barleon    Feb 2 1917 - Dec 12 1917
LCDR George Nathan Barker    Dec 12 1917 - Apr 15 1918
LCDR Charles Corwin Ross    Apr 15 1918 - Nov 4 1918
LCDR Emory Percival Eldredge    Nov 4 1918 - Jan 21 1919
LCDR Charles Johnes Moore    Jan 21 1919 - Apr 12 1919
LCDR Calvin Hayes Cobb    Apr 12 1919 - Jun 19 1919
LT Philip Van Horn Weems    Jun 19 1919 - Nov 17 1919

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