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USS SHAW (DD-68)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NKU

CLASS - SAMPSON As Built.
Displacement 1,110 Tons, Dimensions, 315' 3" (oa) x 30' 7" x 10' 8" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 17,500 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines With Geared Cruising Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 99.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard on February 7 1916.
Launched December 9 1916 and commissioned April 9 1917.
On June 10 1919 Shaw was placed into reserve at New York.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 21 1922 and berthed
with the reserve fleet until loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-22
on March 25 1926 and returned June 30 1933. Shaw gave up
her name to new construction on November 1 1933.
Stricken July 5 1934.
Fate Sold August 22 1934 to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn and broken up for scrap.

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Shaw 122kJohn Shaw was born at Mt. Mellick, Queens County, Ireland, in 1773. He came to the United States in 1790, settled in Philadelphia, and entered the merchant marine. Appointed Lieutenant in the United States Navy on 3 August 1798, he first served in Montezuma in Commodore Truxtun's squadron in the West Indies during the early part of the naval war with France. On 20 October 1799, he was given command of the schooner Enterprise in which, during the next year, he captured seven armed French vessels and recaptured several American merchantmen. By the time he was relieved of command due to ill health in October 1800, he had made Enterprise one of the most famous vessels of the Navy. During the Barbary War, Shaw commanded frigate, John Adams, in the Mediterranean under Commodore Rodgers from May to November 1804; and frigate, United States, during the War of 1812. Captain Shaw died at Philadelphia on 17 September 1823.Darryl L. Baker/Robert M. Cieri
Shaw 186kYard workers are busy work on modifications to ways 1 & 2 in preparation for laying the keel of USS California (BB 44) at Mare Island on 19 April 1916. The USS Shaw (DD 68) is on the ways #2 in the background.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 79kThe honorary keel layers for the USS Shaw (DD 68) are shown at the ships keel laying at Mare Island on 7 Feb. 1916. Left to right: Carpenter F. X. Maher; Capt. Frank T. Arms (Supply Officer); CDR C. N. Offley; Lt Leo Sahm; Mr. F. J. Cleary; Mayor James Roney (Vallejo); Capt. F. M. Bennett (Shipyard Commandant); and CDR H. M. Gleason.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 90kStern view of USS Shaw (DD 68) on the building ways at Mare Island on 9 Dec. 1916.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 90kBow view of USS Shaw (DD 68) on the building ways at Mare Island on 9 Dec. 1916.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 84kUSS Shaw (DD 68) is waterborne for the first upon her launching at Mare Island on 9 Dec. 1916.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 72kUSS Shaw (DD 68) is being assisted to her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 9 Dec. 1916. The tug Arapaho (Tug 14) is made up to the port stern, Tillamook (Tug 16) is aft of Shaw, and the tug Unadilla (YT 4) is to the right.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 65kUSS Shaw (DD 68) is being assisted to her outfitting berth at Mare Island on 9 Dec. 1916. The tug Arapaho (Tug 14) is made up to the port side (only stack visible), Tillamook (Tug 16) is aft of Shaw, and the tug Unadilla (YT 4) is on the starboard side.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 119kBoardside view of USS Shaw (DD 68) after her launching at Mare Island Navy Yard on 6 December 1916. The shipyard's Ferry Dart is shown off the Shaw's starboard bow. The tug made up to Shaw is is Unadilla (YT 4).Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 136kThe Low Pressure Turbine for USS Shaw (DD 68) being assembled in the machine shop at Mare Island on 14 Dec. 1916.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 122kUSS Shaw (DD 68) in the Mare Island channel circa 1917.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 102kBow view of USS Shaw (DD 68) at Mare Island on 2 Jan. 1917.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 69kStern view of USS Shaw (DD 68) at Mare Island on 1 Feb. 1917.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 76kBow view of USS Shaw (DD 68) with USS Hull (DD 2) inboard and USS Preble (DD 12) at Mare Island on 31 March 1917.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 73kBroadside view of USS Shaw (DD 68) departing Mare Island on 25 May 1917.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 138kUSS Shaw (Destroyer # 68), Painted in pattern camouflage, prior to the October 9 1918 collision with the British transport Aquitania that severed her bow. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 61263.Robert Hurst
Shaw 44kOct. 18, 1918 in dry-dock after collision with HMS Aquitania that occurred October 9 1918.Richard Regnani
Shaw 90kNewspaper clipping regarding Leslie B. Newman who was a resident of San Francisco California at that time and a Chief Yeoman aboard Shaw during the collision.Richard Regnani
Shaw 88kPhoto of the USS Shaw (DD 68) after collision with the British transport HMS Aquitania on 11 October 1918 at Portsmouth, England.Darryl L. Baker
Shaw 34kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green

USS SHAW DD-68 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Milton Smith Davis    Apr 9 1917 - Sep 1918
CDR William Alexander Glassford Jr.    Sep 1918 - Dec 1918 (Later VADM)
LCDR William Frederick (Bull) Halsey Jr.    Dec 1918 - ? (Later FADM)
LCDR Alfred Wilkinson Johnson    ? 1920 - ? (Later VADM)
Under Coast Guard command
CDR Gordon Thomas Finlay (USCG)    May 1928 - Aug 1930 (Later COMO)
LCDR Edward H. (Iceberg) Smith (USCG)    Aug 1930 - Jan 1932    
LCDR Raymond Thomas McElligott (USCG)    Jan 1932 - Sep 1932 (Later RADM)
LCDR Raymond J. Mauerman (USCG)    Sep 1932 - Jun 1933 (Later VADM)

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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