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USS COWELL (DD-167)


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CLASS - WICKES (LITTLE)
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 Fore River, Quincy on July 15 1918.
Launched November 23 1918 and commissioned March 17 1919.
Decommissioned June 27 1922, Recommissioned June 17 1940.
Decommissioned September 23 1940.
To Great Britain September 23 1940, renamed HMS Brighton (I08).
Stricken January 8 1941.
To Soviet Union July 16 1944, renamed Zharkiy (Rus. "Torrid").
Fate Returned to Great Britain February 28 1949 and broken up for scrap.

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-John G. Cowell, born 18 September 1785 in Marblehead, Mass., entered the Navy as a master 21 January 1809. As acting lieutenant, Cowell was severely wounded, losing a leg, in the action on 28 March 1814 between Essex and HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub off Valparaiso, Chile. Refusing to be carried below, Cowell cheered his companions on through the remainder of the action. He was carried on shore, and exhibited such gallantry and courage under severe pain until his death on 18 April that the people of Valparaiso honored him with a burial place in their principal church; a most unusual honor for a foreigner.Robert M. Cieri
Cowell 76kUSS Cowell (Destroyer # 167) at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 19 March 1919. Panogramic photograph by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, # 11 Portland Street, Boston. Note the canvas screens rigged around the ship's open pilothouse and midships deckhouse. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Cowell 137kPhoto #: NH 70859. USS Cowell (DD-167) at anchor, circa the early 1920s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Destroyer in the background left may be USS Foote (DD 169).Tony Cowart/Darryl Baker
Cowell 86kUSS Cowell (DD-167) at anchor, circa the early 1920s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph, photo #: NH 70859.Ed Zajkowski/Robert Hurst
View the Special Photo Feature of the USS Cowell circa 1919-1920.
On British Service
HMS Brighton (ex-USS Cowell, DD-167) Commissioned at Halifax, NS on 23 September 1940 she arrived at Devonport on 12 October 1940 for refit. She eventually completed and sailed 17 January 1941 to join the 1st Minelaying Squadron at Kyle of Lochalsh as an A/S escort. Here she escorted the first of the Icelandic military ferry convoys (DS1/SD1), the initial stage of troop convoy WS8X, and several minelaying sorties. During one such on 25 June 1941 she was in collision with the light cruiser HMS Kenya and was towed to Iceland for temporary repair. Towed from Iceland to the Clyde, she arrived 2 July 1941 and remained in the yard until 25 September 1941, further defects developed during trials so that it was not until 16 October 1941 that her new crew took her to Tobermory to work up until 26 October 1941. Returning to the 1st Minelaying Squadron, she escorted two further lays and another Icelandinc convoy cycle before needing further repairs on the Clyde from 8 December 1941 to 30 March 1942, including Stage 2 alterations. In November 1942 and in need of further repair it was decided to reduce the ship to second line duty as an Air Target Ship for the Fleet Air Arm. In addition to a general refit, this involved the removal of much of the A/S armament to reduce complement and lighten the ship, and the fitting of deck stowage and gear for the recovery of practice torpedoes. Completed for this service in May 1943, she was initially employed in the Irish Sea and the Clyde Approaches until January 1944. From that date she moved to the East Coast of Scotland, and celebrated her arrival by a collision with the trawler Star Of The Wave, on 13 January 1944, thereafter repairing at Invergordon. Surveyed during this work, it was decided not to proceed with further repairs and the ship was placed in reserve on the Tyne in early March 1944. Chosen for transfer to the Russian Northern Fleet she was refitted on the Tyne in May 1944, transferring to Russia as Zharki on 16 July 1944. In company with her sisters, she sailed for the Kola Inlet in convoy JW59, and arrived at her new base on 25 August 1944. Details of her Russian service are scant, but were probably restricted to local operations of Kola and Murmansk. She was returned to RN control at Rosyth on 4 March 1949. Where she was adjudged worn out and of no further use, she was passed to the breakers May 1949, arriving at Bo'ness on 18 May 1949 to be scrapped by P & W MacLellan Ltd. (History thanks to Robert Hurst)
Cowell 62kUndated, HMS Brighton at anchor at Tail of the Bank during her post refit trials.Robert Hurst
Cowell 57kHMS Brighton (I.08) at anchor in coastal waters off Greenock, Scotland. Photo taken by Lt J. A. Hampton, Royal Navy official photographer. Photo # A 9221 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.Robert Hurst
Cowell 53kThe 'Town' class destroyer HMS Brighton (ex-USS Cowell, DD-167) tied-up to buoy circa late 1940.Robert Hurst
Cowell 50kAs the British HMS Brighton (Town' class - 4th Group) circa 1942, location unknown. She is painted in a more typical small ship pattern. It is probably of the Light Disruptive type (Imperial War Museum: A9220). Photo from Naval Camouflage 1914-1945, by David Williams.Robert Hurst
Cowell 84kHMS Brighton (ex-Soviet Jarkyi, ex-USS Cowell), on her return to Great Britain in March 1949.Robert Hurst
On Soviet Service
Depending on the source her name is spelled Zharki or Zharkiy.
Cowell 66kUndated, location unknown.Igor Ageev
Cowell 52kThe Russian Zharkiy (ex-HMS Brighton, ex-USS Cowell, DD-167) underway date and location unknown. Photo taken from "Raising The Red Banner: The Pictorial History of Stalin's Fleet 1920-1945", by Vladimir Yakubov and Richard Worth.Robert Hurst
Cowell 116kZharkiy (ex-HMS Brighton, ex-USS Cowell DD-167), circa 1943-49, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Cowell 58kAs the Soviet Union Zharkiy, circa 1944.Pavel Khozhainov

USS COWELL DD-167 History
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(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 Clifford Evans Van Hook    Mar 17 1919 - Nov 1919 (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Jun 27 1922 - Jun 17 1940)
LCDR John Keane Reybold    Jun 17 1940 - Sep 23 1940

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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