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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 Union Iron Works, San Francisco on February 12 1918.
Launched July 4 1918 and commissioned January 24 1919.
Arrived at Philadelphia in December 1919 for conversion into a seaplane tender.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia July 1 1922 and was berthed there until her sale.
Stricken January 7 1936.
Fate Sold September 29 1936 to Schiavone-Bonomo Corp., New York and broken up for scrap.

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- Seth Harding was born at Eastham, Mass., 17 April 1734. He went to sea early in his life and commanded several merchant ships during the French and Indian War. At the beginning of the American Revolution, he offered his services to Connecticut and was commissioned commander of the state brig Defence. Harding captured many British ships while in command of this and two other vessels. In September 1778 Harding accepted a Continental commission and took command of Confederacy. He cruised along the coast in company with Deane during 1779, taking three prizes and performing convoy duties. He was ordered to take John Jay, newly appointed minister to Spain, to Europe in September 1779, but the ship was dismasted 10 days out. Harding, through skillful seamanship, sailed his ship to Martinique for repairs, his passengers continuing on another ship. Confederacy raided British merchantmen and guarded convoys until 18 April 1781, when she was forced to surrender to two British ships, Roebuck and Orpheus. Harding was subsequently exchanged, commanded the letter of marque Diana, but was captured again. After this release the fighting captain volunteered to serve as First Lieutenant to John Perry in Alliance, and was wounded on board during the last engagement of the revolution, off the coast of France. Harding spent his last years as a merchant sailor and in retirement in Schoharie, N.Y., where he died 20 November 1814.Robert M. Cieri
Harding 90kUndated, in the Caribbean.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Harding 151kUndated, transiting the Panama Canal.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Harding 120kThe freighter SS Victorious Photographed on September 23 1918 at the yard of her builder, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco. Of the four destroyers under construction in the foreground the nearest is USS Ingraham (DD-111) and the one with her smokestacks fitted is USS Harding (DD-91). U.S. National Archives, RG-32. Courtesy of Hurst
Harding 45kUSS Harding shown as a seaplane tender at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1920-21. Note US National Insignia at the funnel carried by seaplane tenders. USN photo.Robert Hurst
Harding 60kPhoto #: NH 103073, USS Harding at Port au Prince, Haiti, 1919. The original image is printed on postal card ("AZO") stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2005. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Harding 87kSeaplane NC-1 down at sea after her forced landing, with USS Harding (Destroyer # 91) coming up to render assistance, May 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 72872.Robert Hurst
Harding 169kMay, 1919 photo of the USS Harding (DD-91) standing by the flying boat, (NC-1), which was forced to landing due to navigational problems between Trepassey, Newfoundland and the Azores Islands. The plane was one of three planes attempting the first Atlantic Ocean air crossing. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2002.019.006.Mike Green

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Henry David Cooke Jr.    Jan 24 1919 - May 24 1919
LCDR Abner Moyer Steckel    May 24 1919 - Jul 27 1920
LCDR Mark Leslie Hersey Jr.    Jul 27 1920 - Aug 6 1920  
LT Robert Bentham Simons    Aug 6 1920 - Oct 25 1920
CDR Albert Cushing Read    Oct 25 1920 - Sep 19 1921 (Later RADM)
LTJG Albert Tilden Sprague III    Sep 19 1921 - Jul 1 1922 

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