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Built To A Different Set Of Plans (Bethlehem) than The Wickes (Bath)
The Little Versions Were Considered Less Successful Than The Bath Designed Ships, With Few Remaining In Service Past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on June 21 1917.
Launched December 17 1917 and commissioned April 26 1918.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 30 1922 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken January 25 1937.
Fate Sold April 20 1939 to Boston Iron & Metal, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Kimberly 67kPhoto #: NH 48586. Rear Admiral Lewis A. Kimberly, USN photograph taken during the later 1880s. During 1885-87, while holding the rank of Commodore, he was Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard. Courtesy of the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, February 1935. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Kimberly 47kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Kimberley 270kBethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1918. Shown: Hull 274 (USS Little), Hull 275 (USS Kimberley), Hull 276 (USS Sigourney), Hull 277 (USS Gregory), Hull 280 (USS Colhoun), Hull 281 (USS Stevens). Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels Collection. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.Mike Mohl
Kimberley 84kUSS Kimberly (DD-80) and unidentified sisters moored at Queenstown (Cobh), Ireland 1917-1918. Source: Imperial War Museum Ministry of Information First world War Official Collection, Photo No. IWM (Q 19232).Mike Green
Kimberly 85kPainting by Burnell Poole, 1926, depicting Kimberly escorting USS Leviathan (in left distance) in the Atlantic war zone, 1918. The USS Davis (DD-65) is in the right distance.Robert Hurst
Kimberly 178kFore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts. Ships fitting out at the Fore River shipyard, 19 March 1918. The six destroyers are Little (DD-79), Kimberly (DD-80), Sigourney (DD-81), Gregory (DD-82), Colhoun (DD-85) and Stevens (DD-86), which had builder's hull numbers 274-277 and 280-281 respectively. The freighter at right is Katrina Luckenbach, yard hull # 267, which served as USS Katrina Luckenbach in 1918-19. Most of the equipment on the pier is for her. Note the large submarine being built in the background, under the revolving crane. U.S. Naval Historical Center photograph.Fred Weiss
Kimberly 104kPhoto #: NH 51080, USS Kimberly (Destroyer # 80) tied to a mooring buoy, during 1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Kimberly 92kPhoto #: NH 99743, USS Kimberly (Destroyer # 80) in drydock, circa 1919-1920, probably at Boston, Massachusetts. Collection of Christopher Henry William Lloyd, donated by his daughter, Virginia M. Agostini, 1990. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Kimberly 93kPhoto #: NH 52063, USS Kimberly (Destroyer # 80) view looking aft from the bridge, while the ship was at sea in 1918. Her Commanding Officer, Commander Alfred W. Johnson, is walking on the main deck in the foreground. Note Kimberly's starboard midships 4"/50 gun, boats stowed on davits, life raft with oar and cask of provisions between the forward smokestacks, and pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Kimberly 228kUSS Kimberly (DD 80), USS Caldwell (DD 69), and USS Allen (DD 66) showing depth charges make ready for sea at Queenstown, Ireland, August 1918. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels Collection. Photographed through Mylar sleeve. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.Mike Mohl

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Alfred Wilkinson Johnson    Apr 26 1918 - Aug 15 1918 (Later VADM)
LT Donald Taylor Hunter    Aug 15 1919 - Aug 3 1920
LT Chester Leroy Nichols    Aug 3 1920 - Jun 30 1922

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