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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; Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Union Iron Works, San Francisco on October 31 1917.
Launched April 7 1918 and commissioned November 11 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego June 7 1922 and berthed there.
Stricken May 19 1936.
Fate Sunk in tests off San Diego August 12 1936.

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Champlin 67kBorn in Kingston, R.I., 17 November 1789, Stephen Champlin entered the Navy as a sailing master 22 May 1812. He commanded the schooner Scorpion in her capture of the British Little Belt during the Battle of Lake Erie, and later in the War of 1812 was wounded when his ship was taken on Lake Huron. Retired in 1855, Captain Champlin was later promoted to Commodore on the retired list, and died in Buffalo, N.Y., 20 February 1870. Picture from the Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812.Bill Gonyo
Champlin 70kUndated probably shortly after commissioning, location unknown.Dave Wright
Champlin 194kUndated, location unknown. On sea trials.Darryl Baker
Champlin 123kOctober 21 1918 in the Santa Barbara channel.Joe Radigan/Aryeh Wetherhorn
Champlin 75kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba March 5 1919.Robert M. Cieri
Champlin 139kUSS Champlin (Destroyer # 104/DD-104) underway, circa the early 1920s. The ship's after 4"/50 gun has been remounted atop her after deckhouse.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Champlin 122kCirca 1935-1936, at least 26 destroyers berthed in Tin Can Row at San Diego. Most inboard is the USS Champlin (DD-104).

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Frank Forney Knox    Nov 11 1918 - May 6 1919
LCDR Webb Cook Hayes    May 6 1919 - Nov 15 1919 (Later RADM)
LT Charles Davis Swain    Nov 15 1919 - Mar 17 1920
LTJG John Farmer William Gray    Mar 17 1920 - ? 

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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