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USS BURNS (DD-171 / DM-11)

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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 April 15 1918.
Launched July 4 1918 and commissioned August 7 1919.
Reclassified Light Minelayer DM-11 July 20 1920.
Decommissioned June 2 1930.
Stricken November 18 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1932.

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Burns 26kOtway Burns was born at Queen's Creek, near Swaneboro, N.C., in 1775 and developed a keen ability at navigation while sailing the sounds, rivers, inlets, and creeks near his home. When the War of 1812 came, he secured letters of marque and reprisal for the schooner Snap Dragon. He and his privateer made three cruises during which he had several encounters with British warships and captured a number of valuable prizes. Following the war, Burns resumed shiphuilding activities at Beaufort, S.C. He also spent 13 years in the North Carolina general assembly. In 1835, President Andrew Jackson appointed Burns to be keeper of the Brant Island Shoal Light. He retained that position until his death on 25 August 1850.Bill Gonyo
Burns 56kUndated, location unknown.Robert L. Larzalere
USS Siboney, CVE 112,
EM, 1946-1948.
Burns 102kUndated, location unknown. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Burns 80kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
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Undated, location unknown. From the collection of Joe's Grandfather who served on the Burns. The first image also shows the USS Ludlow (DD-112) and USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307).
Joe Mastrota
Burns 119kUSS Burns (Destroyer # 171), Making 22.5 knots while running sea trials in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, 25 July 1919. She was placed in commission two weeks later, on 7 August 1919. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 56649.Robert Hurst
Burns 59kUSS Burns (DM-11, formerly DD-171) in Honolulu Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii Territory, circa 1923-1924, when she was commanded by Lieutenant Commander Olaf M. Hustvedt. The Burns is wearing her destroyer bow number ("171") with the Mine Force insignia. At right is the stern of USS Seattle (CA-11), Flagship of the United States Fleet. Photo from the 1909-1924 album of Vice Admiral Olaf M. Hustvedt, USN (Retired). Courtesy of Rick Hauck, 2006. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 104566-A.Mike Green
Burns 179kCirca 1924, location unknown.Brian DelMastro/Darryl Baker
Burns 68kMatsonia (U.S. Passenger Steamship, 1913) Photographed on 14 April 1926. USS Burns (DD-171/DM-11) is in the left background. Matsonia served as USS Matsonia (ID # 1589) in 1918-19. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1972. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

USS BURNS DD-171 / DM-11 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Henry Lee    Aug 7 1919 - Feb 5 1920
LT Paul White Rutledge    Feb 5 1920 - Feb 21 1921
LT William Ewart Gladstone Erskine    Feb 21 1921
LT Norman Scott    Jan 10 1922 - Aug 20 1922 (Later RADM)
LCDR Olaf Mandt Hustvedt    Aug 20 1922 - Jan 17 1925 (Later VADM)
LCDR David Irwin Hedrick    Jan 17 1925 - May 17 1926
LTJG James Almond Saunders    May 17 1926 - Aug 20 1927
LCDR Albert Roscoe Mack    Aug 20 1927 - Mar 24 1929
LCDR Hayden Trigg Dickinson    Mar 24 1929 - Jun 2 1930

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Burns (DM-11)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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