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USS BENHAM (DD-49)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIJ

CLASS - AYLWIN (Classified As A New Class, They Were Repeat CASSIN's) As Built.
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 Cramp, Philadelphia on March 14 1912.
Launched March 22 1913 and commissioned January 20 1914.
Decommissioned July 7 1922.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1935.

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Benham 100kAndrew Ellicot Kennedy Benham was born on 10 April 1832 on Staten Island, N.Y. He was appointed a midshipman on 24 November 1847 and served in the East Indies Squadron on board the sloop of war Plymouth in 1847 and 1848 and on board the brig Dolphin in 1849 and 1850. In the latter warship, he participated in the capture of a pirate Chinese junk near Macao, China. During this action, he received a pike wound in the thigh. After another tour of duty in Plymouth followed by one in the frigate Saranac, Benham attended the Naval Academy in 1852 and early 1853. On 10 June 1853, he was promoted to passed midshipman. From mid 1853 to early 1857, he served in the sloop of war St. Mary's on the Pacific Station. On 16 September 1855, while still in St. Mary's, Benham was commissioned a lieutenant. He next served a tour of duty with the Coast Survey late in 1857 and early in 1858. Later that year, he was transferred to the steamer Western Port assigned to the expedition sent to Paraguay to extract an apology for shooting at the gunboat Water Witch. In 1860, he moved to the steamer Crusader in the Home Squadron. After the Civil War broke out, Lt. Benham served on board the steamer Bienville in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and, in her, took part in the capture of Port Royal, S.C., on 7 November 1861. On the date that rank was established, 16 July 1862, Benham was promoted to lieutenant commander. Following brief service in Sacramento in 1863, he assumed command of the gunboat Penobscot and served in her through the end of the Civil War, patrolling the Texas coast as part of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Upon the return of peace, he served at the New York Navy Yard from 1866 to 1870, but for a stint of duty in Susquehanna in 1867. Following duty as a lighthouse inspector in 1870 and 1871, Benham commanded first Canonicus and then Saugus, both on the North Atlantic Station and returned to lighthouse inspecting in 1874. After commanding Richmond on the Asiatic Station between 1878 and 1881, he went to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard. The years 1885 and 1886 brought him his third tour of duty as lighthouse inspector. Following a tour of duty at League Island, Pa., in 1888, he became commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1889. While there he became Rear Admiral Benham in February 1890 and continued at that post until June of 1891. At the end of a year waiting for orders, he assumed command of the South Atlantic Station in June 1892. However, Rear Admiral Benham was soon transferred to command the North Atlantic Station, flying his flag in San Francisco (Cruiser No. 1). When Admiral Custodio de Mello launched his naval revolt in Rio de Janeiro in late 1893, Rear Admiral Benham commanded the American naval units sent there to protect American citizens and interests. Retired from the Navy on 10 April 1894, Rear Admiral Benham died on 11 August 1905 at Lake Mahopac, N.Y. Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Benham 147kUSS Benham (DD-49), painted in peacetime dark Atlantic Fleet grey, taking her place in a fleet review, with the heavy ships of the U.S. fleet in the background, undated and location unkown. Photo U.S. Navy from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Benham 67kUndated stereograph, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Benham 81kPhoto #: NH 56376, USS Benham (Destroyer # 49) making 31.774 knots during sea trials, 16 December 1913. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Benham 171kWith her stern nearly awash, the USS Benham (DD-49) is tied up next to the USS Melville (AD-2) in Queenstown, England. The Benham and the HMS Zinnia collided in fog on August 21, 1917. Badly damaged, the Benham was towed to Queenstown by the Zinnia. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1985.055.001.045.Mike Green
Benham 68kUSS Benham (Destroyer # 49), seen from astern while in a European harbour, 1918. She is painted in pattern camouglage. The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 105870.Robert Hurst
Benham 79kPhoto #: NH 56378, USS Benham (Destroyer # 49) in port with her main deck nearly awash, after she was rammed by HMS Zinnia during World War I. She is tied up between USS Ericsson (Destroyer # 56), at right, and another ship. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Philip W. Yeatman, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Frances Eickbusch Doane
Benham 91kPhoto #: NH 103746, USS Benham (Destroyer # 49) in port with her main deck nearly awash, after a collision with HMS Zinnia during World War I. She is tied up between USS Ericsson (Destroyer # 56), at right, and another ship. Collection of Lieutenant Commander Philip W. Yeatman, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Tony Cowart
Benham 90kCrew of the USS Benham DD-49 poses with damaged Benham after collision 1918. From the Mike Corwith Special Feature.Mike Corwith
Benham USS Benham (Destroyer # 49) Leaving Brest harbor, France, to take escort position, on 22 October 1918. USS Lamson (Destroyer # 18) is in the left center distance. Note the pattern camouflage worn by both destroyers. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Benham 41kCirca 1920, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Benham 92kUSS Downes (DD-45), at left, and USS Benham (DD-49) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 5 March 1921. Photograph by Crosby, Portsmouth, Virginia.Robert Hurst
Benham 53kPhoto #: NH 103745, USS Benham (DD-49) "leaving port", off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 15 March 1921. Panoramic photograph by Crosby, 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Benham 90kUSS Benham (DD-49), with ship's officers and crew posed on her after deck, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 12 March 1921. Panoramic photograph by Crosby, 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 104057.Robert Hurst

USS BENHAM DD-49 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Russell Train    Jan 20 1914 - Jun 1914 (Later RADM)
LT Alfred Wilkinson Johnson    Jun 1914 - Aug 1914 (Later VADM)
LT Earl Percy Jessop    Aug 1914 - Dec 15 1914
LCDR Jesse Bishop Gay    Dec 15 1914 - Jul 10 1917
LCDR William Frederick (Bull) Halsey Jr.    Jul 10 1917 - May 1918 (Later FADM)
CDR Frank Jack Fletcher    May 1918 - Oct 1918 (Later ADM)

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