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CLASS - (Repeat) PAULDING As Built.
Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 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 April 12 1910.
Launched December 20 1910 and commissioned March 23 1911.
Returning to Boston in June 1914 Trippe operated from there until
being placed in ordinary there on January 27 1916. Reactivated
on July 25 1916, Trippe was decommissioned at Philadelphia November 6 1919 and
berthed with the reserve fleet until loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-20
June 7 1924. Returned May 2 1931.
Stricken July 5 1934.
Fate Sold August 22 1934 to Michael Flynn of Brooklyn and broken up for scrap.

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Trippe 86kJohn Trippe was born in 1785 in Dorchester County, Md. He was appointed a midshipman in the Navy on 5 April 1799. During the Quasi-War with France, he made his first cruise in the frigate Constitution and later served in the schooner Experiment. On 21 May, he was assigned to Commodore Richard Dale's flagship President, and he served in her until early 1802 in operations against the Tripolitan corsairs in the Mediterranean. He returned to the United States in April 1802 and received a furlough to make a mercantile voyage. On 24 May 1803, the Navy Department ordered Trippe to Vixen as an acting lieutenant. The schooner sailed for the Mediterranean on 3 August and joined Commodore Preble's squadron off Tripoli on 14 September 1803. Lt. Trippe served with distinction in the Mediterranean until the fall of 1805. On 3 August 1804, he led his crew of Gunboat No. 6, manned by another midshipman and nine sailors, to victory over the 36-man crew of a large Tripolitan boat. Trippe and his men boarded the enemy, and Trippe himself grappled with the leader of the pirates. Though his adversary towered over him, Lt. Trippe used his own agility and tenaci ty to emerge victorious in a desperate hand-to-hand struggle. Seriously wounded, he was unable to participate in the next three of Preble's five attacks on Tripoli. However, by the beginning of September, he had recovered sufficiently to resume command of Gunboat No. 6 for the fifth and final assault carried out on the 3d. For his gallantry in action against the Barbary pirates, Lt. Trippe received a sword and a commendation from Congress. Trippe returned to the United States in November 1805, but 1806 found him back on duty in the Mediterranean. In 1808, Trippe served at Charleston, S.C., enforcing the embargo legislation. He took command of Enterprise on 23 January 1809, departed New York on 24 June, and headed for Holland. On 31 July, he reached Amsterdam, where he delivered official dispatches and conducted negotiations which helped cement commercial relations between The Netherlands and the United States. Having helped open Dutch ports to American shipping, he weighed anchor on 10 October and reentered New York harbor on 2 December. On 26 April, Trippe transferred to the command of Vixen and, a month later, departed New Castle, Del., bound for New Orleans. Off Stirrup Key on 24 June, Vixen came under the fire of a British ship, HMS Moselle. When summoned on board the Britisher, Trippe refused, cleared Vixen for action, and demanded an explanation of Moselle's untoward action. Her captain responded with an apology, stating that he had mistaken the American man-of-war for a Frenchman. Vixen then continued peacefully on her way and put into Havana, Cuba, six days later. On 9 July 1810, while en route from Havana to New Orleans, Lt. Trippe died. Photo #: NH 61303. Lieutenant John Trippe, U.S. Navy, (1785-1810) engraved portrait by Charles Ste. Memin, 1809. Trippe was Commanding Officer of the U.S. Schooner Enterprise in that year. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Trippe 85kUSS Trippe (Destroyer # 33) Underway in 1912. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Trippe 70kUSS Trippe (DD-33) in the Hudson River, off New York, City, during the October 1912 Naval Review. A torpedo boat is visible beyond her bow. Note that the original print misidentifies the Trippe as USS Monaghan (DD-32).Robert Hurst
Trippe 108kNewspaper clipping from September 5, 1915 captioned; "U. S. TORPEDO BOAT DESTROYER TRIPPE IN HER NEW WAR PAINT, ADOPTED BY THE BY ITS RESEMBLANCE TO THE WAVES." Photo by Waterman.Michael Mohl
Trippe 3217kA very large newspaper clipping of the USS Barry (DD-2), USS Tripp (DD-33), USS Aylwin (DD-47) and the USS McDougal (DD-54) from the Baltimore Sun dated September 12 1915.Mike Mohl
Trippe 16kNewspaper clipping from the New York Times, April 8 1917 (Page 1), "U.S. Torpedo boat destroyer on guard before the ships of the Hamburg American Line & North German Lloyd liners lying at their berth in Hoboken N.J. Photo by Underwood & Underwood.Michael Mohl
Trippe 103kUSS Trippe (Destroyer # 33) At a mooring buoy with another destroyer alongside, at Queenstown, Ireland, circa 1918. Note her pattern camouflage scheme. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Trippe 67kUSS Trippe (Destroyer # 33) At her moorings, circa 1918, probably in a British Isles harbor. Note her pattern camouflage. Photograph from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Trippe 82kUSS Trippe (Destroyer # 33) Deparing Queenstown, Ireland, for the United States in December 1918. Note her long "homeward bound" pennant, and man waving his cap from atop Trippe's stern depth charge rack. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Trippe 121kIn Key West, circa 1919.Jim Brooks, NAS Key West Public Affairs Officer
Trippe 23kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green
Trippe 175k1928 photo of United States Coast Guard destroyers moored at New London, Connecticut. All are former US Navy destroyers loaned to the Coast Guard for Prohibition Service. Shown here are the Trippe (CG-20/DD-33), Wainwright (CG-24/DD-62), Downes (CG-4/DD-45), Beale (CG-9/DD-40) and Abel P. Upshur (CG-15/DD-193). Source: National Aviation Museum Collection, Photo No. 2009.006.001.Mike Green

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Frank Dunn Berrien    Mar 23 1911 - Jun 15 1914
LT Ralph A. Koch    Jun 15 1914 - Oct 2 1915
LTJG Roy Philip Emrich    Oct 2 1915 - Jan 27 1916
ENS Howard Adams Flanagin    Jan 27 1916 - Jan 22 1917 (OINC)
LCDR Robert Carlisle Giffen    Jan 22 1917 - Aug 21 1917 (Later VADM)
LCDR David Hunt Stuart    Aug 21 1917 - Dec 4 1918
LCDR Francis Arthur La Roche    Dec 4 1918 - Feb 7 1919 
LCDR Howard Stafford Jeans    Feb 7 1919 - Jun 24 1919
LCDR John Hubert Falge    Jun 24 1919 - Nov 6 1919
Under the United States Coast Guard command
LCDR John H. Cornell (USCG)    Jun 24 1924 - 1926 (Later COMO)

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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