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Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 26' 11" x 10' 1" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Crew 86.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on March 22 1909.
Launched May 12 1910 and commissioned December 15 1910.
Sterett was decommissioned at Philadelphia December 9 1919
and berthed with the reserve fleet until her sale.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold June 28 1935 to M. Black & Co., Norfolk and broken up for scrap.

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Sterett 28kAndrew Sterett-born in 1760 in Baltimore, Md.- was appointed lieutenant in the United States Navy on 25 March 1798 and assigned to Constellation as Third Lieutenant. During the Quasi-War with France, he was still serving in Constellation when she captured L'lnsurgente. By 1800, he had risen to First Lieutenant; and he participated in Constellation's action against La Vengeance. Given command of the schooner, Enterprise, Lt. Sterett led her in the capture of the French privateer, V'Amour de la Patrie, on Christmas Eve 1800. In June 1801, he sailed in Enterprise from Baltimore for service with the Mediterranean Squadron. While on that cruise, Enterprise engaged and captured a 14-gun Tripolitan cruiser and her 80-man crew. In gratitude, Congress awarded Sterett a sword and highly commended his crew. Lt. Sterett continued his Navy career until he resigned his commission in 1805. He died on 9 June 1807, at Lima, Peru.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 103kUndated, location unknown. Note 2 - 3 funnel has been trunked into 1 oversized funnel amidships in this Fore River Built Ship. Image from U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.Robert Hurst
Sterett 125kUSS Sterett underway sometime between 1910 to 1915. Image taken by the Bain News Service. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Sterett 64kPhoto #: NH 59645, USS Sterett underway, circa 1912. Photograph from the collection of Rear Admiral C.T. Hutchins, donated by Mrs. H.C. Allan. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Sterett 63kPhoto #: NH 59932-A, USS Sterett underway, circa 1912. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Stewart USS McCall (DD-28) and USS Sterett (DD-27) with one unidentified destroyer in drydock at New York Navy Yard, December 18 1913.Mike Mohl
Sterett 45kPhoto #: NH 99855, Destroyers at Dry Tortugas coaling station, Florida, 15 March 1914. Members of the Second Division, U.S. Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla, these ships are (from left to right): USS Monaghan (Destroyer # 32); USS Sterett (Destroyer # 27); and (perhaps) USS Terry (Destroyer # 25). This photo is one of a series from the collection of a USS Walke (Destroyer # 34) crewmember, which was another member of the division. Courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Sterett 99kPhoto #: NH 2246, Curtiss AH-12 type seaplane on the hoist of USS Sterett (Destroyer # 27), circa 1915. Note the steering chain running along Sterett's deck. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Tony Cowart
Sterett 167kA Wright Model C seaplane is in the water at Naval Aeronautic Station Pensacola, Florida in 1916. The USS Sterett (DD-27) is moored in the background. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2008.104.001.125.Mike Green
Sterett 135kPhoto #: NH 45244, Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina view taken on 3 April 1917, showing construction of the reinforced concrete deck of Pier 314. USS Sterett (Destroyer # 27) is at right. At the end of the pier, in the center, is Floating Derrick # 22. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Sterett 40kPhoto #: NH 41756, USS Sterett wearing pattern camouflage, circa 1918. This photograph has been heavily retouched, with the crude overpainting eliminating all traces of Sterett's forward gun. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Sterett 69kPhoto #: NH 1868, USS Sterett in rough seas off Ireland's coast, 1918. This view looks forward along her starboard side, as a wave breaks over her deck amidships. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Leonard Doughty, 1929. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
128kUndated patriotic postcard showing Sterett, albeit with her name misspelled.Dave Wright

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Robert Lawrence Berry    Dec 15 1910 - Jun 15 1911

LCDR Frank Robert McCrary    Jun 15 1911 - Jul 4 1911

LT Charles Thomas Hutchins Jr.    Jul 4 1911 - Sep 1 1913

LTJG Harry Booth Hird    Sep 1 1913 - May 31 1914

ENS Francis Philip Traynor    Oct 4 1913 - May 31 1914

LT George Wirt Simpson    May 31 1914 - Aug 12 1915

LT Ralph Gordon  Walling    Aug 12 1915 - Oct 12 1916

CDR Allen Shannon Farquhar    Oct 12 1916 - Sep 9 1918 

LCDR James Thomas Alexander    Sep 9 1918 - Jun 10 1919

LT William Dewayne Austin    Jun 10 1919 - Jul 10 1919

LT Thomas Leigh Gatch    Jul 10 1919 - Dec 9 1919 (Later VADM)

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