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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
Built by Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA (YN 144)
Laid down 29 April 1911
Launched 11 January 1912
Commissioned 21 June 1912
Decommissioned at Philadelphia 24 November 1919
Loaned to Coast Guard as CG-11 07 June 1924
Returned 24 November 1930
Stricken 28 June 1934
Fate Sold to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY in 1934 and broken up for scrap.

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Fanning 110kNathaniel Fanning, born 31 May 1755 in Stonington, Connecticut, was commissioned midshipman in France by John Paul Jones when he was manning Bonhomme Richard. In the brilliant victory over Serapis 23 September 1779, Fanning served as captain of the main top. Most of his original group of men were killed, but he took a fresh party aloft and with them cleared Serapis' tops. When their yards locked the ships together, he led his men across to the British ship, where with hand grenades and other missiles, they drove the British seamen from their stations. In recommending that Fanning be promoted, Jones said of him ". . . he was one cause among the prominent in obtaining the victory". Lieutenant Fanning died of yellow fever 30 September 1805 while commanding Gunboat No. 1.Bill Gonyo/Phillip Thomas
USS Fanning (Destroyer No. 37)
Fanning 198kUSS Fanning (DD-37) and to the right is the British destroyer Sigourney, from the book “United State Navy in World War” (1921).Bill Gonyo
Fanning 166kUndated at Boston USS Henley (DD-39), USS Paulding (DD-22) and USS Fanning (DD-37). Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl
Fanning 129kUndated, crew of USS Fanning (DD-37) which sank German submarine, U-58, on November 17 1917. The star on the stack indicates 1 victim. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels Collection.Mike Mohl
Fanning 105kUndated, USS Warrington (DD-30) and USS Fanning (DD-37) location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Fanning 116kMay 23 1912, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Fanning 135kUSS Fanning (DD-37) running trials on May 28, 1912, three weeks before being commissioned and prior to installation of armament. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo No. NH 54056.Mike Green
Fanning 151kFanning at the October 1912 Naval Review. National Photo Company Collection from the Library of Congress, npcc 32722.Tom Kermen
Fanning 152kUSS Fanning (DD-37) in drydock at Birkenhead, England, circa 1917-1918. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo No. NH 101629.Mike Green
Fanning 183kUSS Fanning (DD-37) taking prisoners aboard from the submarine U-58 which is alongside on November 17, 1917. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo No. NH 54059.Mike Green
Fanning 113kNewport News photo of the Fanning. Known as the "Old 37" to her crew, she sank the German U-boat U-58 on November 17, 1917 with a depth charge and gunfire. The German crew scuttled the boat to keep it from being a war prize, but the Fanning picked up four officers and thirty five enlisted men from the sub.USN
Fanning 217kUSS Fanning (Destroyer # 37), In port, probably at Queenstown, Ireland, after her 17 November 1917 fight with the German submarine U-58. She is painted in pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 2060.Robert Hurst
Fanning 137kUSS Fanning (DD-37) at "Base Six", circa 1918. That base was Queenstown, Ireland, but photo may show the river up towards Cork. Note her battery of depth charges, and hull number painted on stern. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo No. NH 101630.Mike Green
Fanning 225kNewspaper clipping from The Bismarck Tribune dated January 2 1918.Mike Mohl
Fanning 57kPhoto #: NH 103744, USS Fanning (Destroyer # 37) moored with other destroyers in a French port, 1918. Probably photographed from USS Mercury (ID # 3012). All these destroyers are dressed with flags in honor of a special occasion. Note Fanning's pattern camouflage. Courtesy of James Russell, 1980. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Fanning 126kNewspaper clipping from The Tucumcari News dated February 14 1918.Mike Mohl
73kRPPC of Fanning (Destroyer No. 37) loaded with depth charges, probably at an English port, circa 1918. Sigourney (Destroyer No. 81) is moored in the background.Dave Wright
40kRPPC of Fanning (Destroyer No. 37) showing her WWI camouflage scheme.Dave Wright
Fanning 56kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green
Fanning 190kCirca 1924-1930 on Coast Guard service at Boston. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT William Nicholson Jeffers   Jun 21 1912 - Sep 23 1914

LT Clarence Alvin Richards    Sep 23 1914 - Sep 1 1915

LT Charles Morrison Austin    Sep 1 1915 - Feb 6 1916

LT George Martin Cook    Feb 6 1916 - May 24 1917

LT Arthur Schuyler Carpender    May 24 1917 - Jan 21 1918 

LCDR Francis Cogswell    Jan 21 1918 - Dec 8 1918

LCDR George Newton Reeves Jr.    Dec 8 1918 - Jul 14 1919

LCDR Fred Kingsley Elder    Jul 14 1919 - Nov 24 1919

Under Coast Guard command

LCDR James Pine (USCG)    May 30 1925 - Jul 1926 (Later VADM)

LCDR Louis L. Bennett (USCG)    Jul 1926 - Sep 1927 (Later COMO)

LCDR Roger Clarence Heimer (USCG)    Sep 1927 - 1928 (Later RADM)

LCDR Norman Henry Leslie (USCG)    Sep 1928 - Jun 1930 (Later RADM)

LCDR Floyd J. Sexton (USCG)    Jun 1930 - Aug 12 1930 (Later RADM)    

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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