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CLASS - TUCKER (Improved O' BRIEN Class) As Built.
Displacement 1,090 Tons, Dimensions, 315' 3" (oa) x 29' 11" x 10' 5" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 8 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 17,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines With Cruising Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 99.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden on September 1 1914.
Launched June 12 1915 and commissioned May 12 1916.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia May 19 1922 and berthed
with the reserve fleet until loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-24
on April 2 1926 and returned April 27 1934.
Stricken July 5 1934.
Fate Sold August 22 1934 to Michael Flynn of Brooklyn and broken up for scrap.

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Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright

Richard Wainwright

Rear Admiral
Richard Wainwright

Richard Wainwright



The Wainwright (Destroyer No. 62) was named for Commander Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, his son, Master Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, Jr., and his cousin, Commander Richard Wainwright. Wainwright (DD-419) honored these three officers as well as Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright, the son of Commander Richard Wainwright. Wainwright (DLG-28) honored the previous four Wainwrights and Commander Richard Wainwright, the son of Admiral Wainwright.

Commander Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright was born in New York City on 27 July 1821. He was initially commissioned in the United States Navy on 30 June 1837 and served with distinction in the Civil War. Wainwright commanded Harriet Lane, Admiral David Dixon Porter's flagship, in an engagement with Forts Jackson and St. Philip and took part in operations below Vicksburg. He was killed in an attack upon Confederate forts in Galveston Harbor on 1 January 1863.

Master Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, Jr., son of Commander Wainwright, was born in New York City on 29 January 1849 and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1867. He was promoted to master on 21 March 1870, while attached to Mohican in the Pacific Squadron. Shortly thereafter, Wainwright was wounded during a boat expedition under his command against the piratical steamer, Forward, lying-to in a lagoon at San Bias, Mexico. Succumbing to the effect of his wounds, he died on board Mohican on 19 June 1870.

Commander Richard Wainwright, a cousin of Comdr. Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright, was born in Charles-town, Mass., in 1817 and was commissioned in the United States Navy on 11 May 1831. Between 1841 and 1857, Wainwright served in the Coast Survey and on the Navy's Home Station. He cruised in Merrimack on special service from 1857 to 1860. Following the outbreak of the Civil War, Wainwright commanded Hartford, flagship of Admiral David G. Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron. During the passage of forts below New Orleans on the night of 24 and 25 April 1861, he performed gallant service in extinguishing a fire on Hartford while continuing the bombardment of the forts. Commended by Admiral Farragut for his actions, Wainwright later participated in the squadron's operations below Vicksburg until taken ill with fever. He died in New Orleans on 10 August 1862.

Rear Admiral Richard Wainwright, son of Comdr. Richard Wainwright, was born on 17 December 1849 in Washington, D.C. Initially commissioned in the United States Navy on 28 September 1864, Wainwright was executive officer on board the battleship Maine when she blew up in the harbor of Havana, Cuba, on 15February 1898. Surviving the explosion, he was assigned to command of the tender Fern and was in charge of the recovery of the bodies of the victims. He also assisted in the collection of information for the subsequent court of inquiry. Wainwright later commanded the wooden gunboat Gloucester at the battle of Santiago on 3 July 1898. In this engagement, Gloucester sank one Spanish torpedo boat and drove another on the beach. Wainwright was commended for his valor in this engagement. Later, promoted to rear admiral, he commanded the Second Division of the United States Atlantic Fleet during that fleet's historic voyage around the world from 1907 to 1909. Retired from active duty on 7 December 1911, Admiral Wainwright died in Washington, D.C., on 6 March 1926.

Commander Richard Wainwright, son of Admiral Wainwright, was born in Washington, D.C., on 15 September 1881. Graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1903, he served on board battleship Louisiana during that ship's participation in the voyage of the Great White Fleet around the world from 1907 to 1909. Wainwright was awarded the Medal of Honor for his outstanding conduct in battle while commanding a landing force from battleship Florida at Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 21 and 22 April 1914. He retired from the Navy on physical disability on 3 March 1921 and died at Annapolis, Md., on 28 March 1944.
Bill Gonyo
Wainwright 77kUndated starboard view as completed, underway. USN
Wainwright 22kUndated, on Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green
Wainwright 65kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Wainwright 185kUndated, USS Burrows (DD-29/CG-10) and USS Wainwright (DD-62/CG-24) moored at Boston, on U.S. Coast Guard service. Source: Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Green
Wainwright 111kRear Admiral Richard Wainwright’s grand daughter Evelyn Wainwright Turpin on launch day of the USS Wainwright (DD-62). Digital ID: ggbain 19277, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Wainwright 328kNewspaper clipping of the launching.Mike Mohl
Wainwright 134kUSS Wainwright (DD-62) being launched on June 12, 1915 at New York Shipbuilding, Camden, New Jersey. Library of Congress, LC-B2- 3512-12.Mike Green
Wainwright 116kUSS Wainwright (Destroyer # 62), Steaming at 23.35 knots during preliminary trials on the Delaware Breakwater Standardization Course, 17 March 1916. Her guns and torpedo tubes have not yet been fitted. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 60565..Robert Hurst
Wainwright 113kPhoto of the USS Wainwright (DD-62) by the Bain News Service sometime between 1916 and 1922. Digital ID: ggbain 21381, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Wainwright 103kBrest, France, circa 1918. Wainwright (Destroyer # 62) is tied up to USS Bridgeport (AD-10) her port side, and an unusual turret steamer is alongside to starboard. The Captain's gig of the French Naval School is under sail in the foreground. Photographed by Robert W. Neeser. US Navy photo # NH 42569 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.US Naval Historical Center
Wainwright 138kUSS Wainwright (Destroyer # 62), USS Winslow (Destroyer # 53), and USS Bell (Destroyer # 95) listed from right to left. Moored to a buoy in the inner harbor of Brest, France on 27 October 1918. Note the various pattern camouflage designs worn by these three ships. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 41513.Robert Hurst
171kRPPC of USS Wainwright (Destroyer # 62), circa 1919-1920.Dave Wright
Wainwright 55kPhoto #: NH 103514-B, USS Wainwright (DD-62) in the North River off New York City, 20 May 1921. Cropped from NH 103514, a panoramic photograph by Himmel and Tyner, New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Wainwright 86kDestroyer Squadron 14 in the North River, off New York City, 20 May 1921. Panoramic photograph by Himmel and Tyner, New York. U.S. Navy ships present are (from left to right): USS Cummings (DD-44); USS Wainright (DD-62); USS Parker (DD-48); USS Balch (DD-50); USS McDougal (DD-54); USS Ericsson (DD-56) and USS Dixie (AD-1), squadron flagship. Note what appears to be a yacht club in the lower left (Photo No NH 103514).Robert Hurst
Wainwright 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
Wainwright 229kOn Coast Guard Service April 7 1929 at Boston, USS Wainwright (CG-24) and USS Burrows (CG-10). Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Wainwright 126kOn Coast Guard Service September 1930 at Boston, USS Wainwright (CG-24), USS Jouett (CG-13) and USS Conyngham (CG-2). Jouett had just rammed the pier. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Fred Halstead Poteet    May 12 1916 - Dec 19 1917

LCDR Robert Alden Dawes    Dec 19 1917 - May 8 1918

LCDR Emory Fitch Clement    May 8 1918 - Dec 10 1919

LT Thorne Francis Burritt    Dec 10 1919 - Jul 16 1920

LTJG James Lemuel Holloway Jr.    Jul 16 1920 - Jul 1 1921 (Later ADM)

LTJG Elmer Jerome Tiernan    Jul 1 1921 - May 19 1922 

Under Coast Guard command

LCDR John Stansbury Baylis (USCG)    Apr 2 1926 - ? (Later COMO)

CDR James Pine (USCG)    Nov 1927 - Jun 1930 (Later VADM)  

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