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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; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on March 26 1918.
Launched September 19 1918 and commissioned May 8 1919.
Decommissioned June 29 1922.
Recommissioned October 16 1939 and assigned to Neutrality Patrol.
Decommissioned July 21 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.
6 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Blakeley 83kJohnston Blakeley was born near Seaford, County Down, Ireland, in October 1781. Brought to the United States as a child in 1783, he was appointed a Midshipman in 1800. After service in President during the Quasi-War with France and command of Enterprise early in the War of 1812, Master Commandant Blakeley was appointed to command of the newly built sloop-of-war Wasp. In 1814 he made a very successful cruise which included capture of HMS Reindeer. Wasp was last heard of 9 October 1814 and is believed to have foundered in a gale. Blakeley received the thanks of Congress, a gold medal, and posthumous advancement to Captain for his last cruise.Bill Gonyo
Blakeley 16kUndated, probably New York City.Paul Rebold
Blakeley 104kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold/John W. Klar
Blakeley 38kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Blakeley 151kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collections of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Blakeley 120kUSS Blakeley (DD-150) fitting out at the Cramp Shipyard, Philadelphia, on 1 October 1918. Other destroyers present are: USS Barney (DD 149), USS Roper (DD-147), and USS Breckinridge (DD-148). Note boilers on the dock, awaiting installation in the new ships. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-15765 Mike Green
Blakeley 59kMay 1919, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Blakeley 229kThe USS Bakely (DD-150), November 19 1919.Mike at Green Creek Studios/Darryl Baker
Blakeley 149kEarly 1920's, location unknown.John W. Klar
Leary 135kNorfolk Navy Yard circa 1931, the USS Leary (DD-158), USS Blakeley (DD-150) and USS Biddle (DD-151).Tommy Trampp/Pierre Alleyn
Blakeley 33kThe non-self-propelled water barge YW-53 nears completion at the Norfolk Navy Yard, 3 November 1932, while the destroyers Breckinridge (DD-148) and Blakeley (DD-150), lie moored in the background, being prepared to resume active service in the reconstituted Destroyer Squadron Two after having been in Rotating Reserve Destroyer Squadron 19. U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships Photograph in the 19-LCM collection, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.Robert Hurst
Blakeley 95kMay 25 or 26, 1942, Blakeley is seen here with 60 feet of her bow missing from a German torpedo hit on the 25th, Six men were killed and 21 wounded, but the gallant crew saved the ship and brought her to Port de France, Martinique, for emergency repairs. After additional repairs at Port Castries, Santa Lucia, British West Indies, and San Juan, P. R., Blakeley steamed to Philadelphia for permanent repairs.-
Blakeley 132kStarboard bow view of USS Blakeley (DD-150) off Martinique, after being torpedoed on 25 May 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-238472.Mike Green
Blakeley 136kUSS Blakeley (DD-150) off Martinique, after being torpedoed on 25 May 1942. Note cocky crew members by deckhouse. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-238474.Mike Green
Blakeley 126kUSS Blakeley (DD-150) off Martinique, after being torpedoed on 25 May 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-238475.Mike Green
Blakeley 214kUSS Blakeley (DD-150) underway on 27 May 1942 after being fitted with a temporary bow in the British West Indies on her way to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Blakeley was the only four-stacker to survive a torpedo hit, having lost 60ft of her bow. Photo from "Looking Down on War: Axis Warships As Seen From Allied Intelligence Files" by Colonel Roy M. Stanley 11, USAF (ret.) Published by Pen & Sword Maritime. ISBN978 184884 471 1.Robert Hurst
Blakeley 68kSomewhere in the Caribbean- minus a bow, but still afloat, the torpedoed U.S.S. Blakeley labors her way to a Caribbean port for temporary repairs on her way home. Although she was one-fifth demolished when an enemy torpedo hit her last May, the old four-stacker destroyer is back at sea again, doing her job for Uncle Sam. Workmen accomplished a remarkable feat, repairing the vessel by cutting the entire bow off the Taylor, a sister ship to the Blakeley, and “grafting” it onto the bowless destroyer. U.S. Navy official photo from ACME. Photo from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.Bill Gonyo
Blakeley 108kThe crew of USS Blakeley (DD-150) expresses their delight in surviving the U-Boat attack in the Carribbean Sea off St Lucia.Gerd Matthes
Blakeley 212kThe USS Blakeley (DD-150) is in the left background of the photo. She has been prepared to receive the bow of the decommissioned destroyer USS Taylor (DD-94). The Taylor had been used as a damage control training hulk, #40. The Taylor's bow is seen here being moved into position with the shipyard crane, for attachment to the Blakeley.Mike at Green Creek Studios
Blakeley 185kClose up of the wooden bulkhead constructed and fitted to the Blakeley at Martinique. The destroyer was moored to the starboard side of the impounded French carrier "Bearn", for her voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where a steel false bow was attached. This bow allowed her to sail to Philadelphia, where permanent repairs were completed and the Taylor's bow was attached.Mike at Green Creek Studios
Blakeley 129kUSS Blakeley (DD-150)) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 15 July 1942. She still has the temporary bow fitted after she was torpedoed in the Caribbean in May 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-11031.Mike Green
Blakeley 62k19-N-34074, off Philadelphia navy Yard September 5 1942 following installation of a new bow and general modernization. Naval Historical Center photograph.Paul Rebold/Robert Hurst
Blakeley 67k19-N-34079, off Philadelphia navy Yard September 5 1942. Naval Historical Center photograph.Paul Rebold
Blakeley 105kSeen here at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard July-August 1942, having the bow of her stricken sister Taylor (Ex-DD-94) attached to replace her lost bow from a German torpedo in May 1942.Bill Gonyo
Blakeley 144kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1943.Ron Reeves
Blakeley 132kPhoto #: 19-N-78706, USS Blakeley (DD-150) underway in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. This photograph was sent to the Bureau of Ships in May 1945 and may have been taken at about that time. Note that Blakeley still carries a battery of four 4"/50 guns. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Paul Rebold
Blakeley 144kPhoto #: 19-N-78707, USS Blakeley (DD-150) as above.Paul Rebold
Blakeley 126kPhoto #: 19-N-78708, USS Blakeley (DD-150) as above.Paul Rebold

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Wilson Brown Jr.    May 8 1919 - Sep 1 1920 (Later VADM)

CDR Charles William Eberle    Sep 1 1920 - Nov 20 1920 

CDR Charles William Early    Nov 20 1920 - Feb 15 1921

CDR Charles William Eberle    Feb 15 1921 - Dec 11 1921

LT Edwin Shell Earnhardt    Dec 11 1921 - Jun 29 1922

(Decommissioned Jun 29 1922 - August 31 1929)

LCDR William Gibb Bartlett Hatch    Aug 31 1929 - Jun 16 1932 

LCDR Glenn Benson Davis Sr.    Jun 16 1932 - Mar 28 1934 (Later VADM)

CDR Bertram Joseph Rodgers    Mar 28 1934 - May 22 1936 (Later VADM)

LCDR John Patrick Dix    May 22 1936 - Aug 16 1936

LT Warren Krechting Sherman    Aug 16 1936 - Jan 6 1937

(Decommissioned January 6 1937 - October 16 1939)

LCDR Kenneth Pendleton Hartman    Oct 16 1939 - Dec 18 1940

LCDR Ernest St. Clair Von Kleeck Jr.    Dec 18 1940 - Mar 1 1942

LCDR Mitchell Dudley Matthews    Mar 1 1942 - Nov 21 1942

LCDR William Henry Sanders, Jr.    Nov 21 1942 - Jul 10 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR Russell Jones Brooke    Jul 10 1943 - Aug 1 1944

LT David Silberstein    Aug 1 1944 - Jul 21 1945 

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