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Displacement 1,072 Tons, Dimensions, 305' 3" (oa) x 31' 2" x 10' 6" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 8 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 16,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines With Triple Expansion Cruising Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 98.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on June 17 1912.
Launched April 5 1913 and commissioned August 30 1913.
Duncan operated in the Atlantic until being placed into reserve at
Boston on October 24 1914. She was reactivated on January 22 1916.
Placed in Ordinary at Norfolk May 31 1919, reduced commission
January 1 1920 and reserve August 1 1920. Duncan was decommissioned
at Norfolk August 1 1922 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY and broken up for scrap in 1935.

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- Silas Duncan was born in Rockaway, New Jersey, in 1788. He was appointed midshipman 15 November 1809. While third lieutenant of Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he was sent in a gig to order the gunboats to retire. He succeeded in delivering the orders despite concentrated enemy fire which severely wounded him and caused the loss of his right arm. For his gallant conduct he was thanked by Congress. From 1814 to 1824 Commander Duncan saw active service on board Independence, Hornet, Guerriere, Cyane and Ferret. He died 14 September 1834 at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.Robert M. Cieri
Duncan 124kUndated, at Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Duncan 69kUndated, baseball team at Queenstown, Ireland.G. Papadopolis
Duncan 99kUndated, Duncan at Queenstown, Ireland.G. Papadopolis
Duncan 123kUSN photo, speed trials 5 July 1913. Making dense smoke. Photographed by Waterman, Hampton Roads, Virginia. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1978. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 88408.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Duncan 99kNH 95198. Photo from "In the War Zone 1917" courtesy of Jack Howland.Ed Zajkowski
Duncan 123kUSS Duncan (DD 46) at 16.5 knots on trials July 6, 1919. Photo from collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker

USS DUNCAN DD-46 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Edward Courtney    Aug 30 1913 - Oct 24 1914 (Later RADM)
(In reserve October 24 1914 - January 22 1916)
LT Randall Jacobs    Jan 22 1916 - Jun 15 1916
LCDR Roger Williams    Jun 15 1916 - Jun 10 1918
LT Calvin Hayes Cobb    Jun 10 1918 - Jan 1 1919 (Later VADM)
LCDR Edmund Weyman Strother    Jan 1 1919 - May 19 1920 
LT Walter Moakler Anthony Wynne    May 19 1920 - Jan 21 1921
LT John Tucker Metcalf    Jan 21 1921 - Aug 9 1921 

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