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Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles at 15 Knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on July 10 1918.
Launched March 8 1919 and commissioned February 28 1920.
Decommissioned July 3 1922, Recommissioned December 4 1939.
Decommissioned October 8 1940.
To Britain October 9 1940, renamed HMS Broadwater (H81).
Stricken January 8 1941.
Fate Sunk by U- 101 on October 18 1941.

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Mason 84kPhoto #: NH 54775-KN, John Y. Mason, Secretary of the Navy, 26 March 1844 - 10 March 1845,and 10 September 1846 - 7 March 1849. Portrait by Robert Hinckley. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C., U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Mason 75kUSS Mason (DD-191) Off the U.S. east coast, circa 1920-1922. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Ronald "Chalky" White, Royal Navy
On British Service
HMS Broadwater (ex-USS Mason, DD-191) Commissioned at Halifax, NS, refit work was carried out at Devonport, and later Cardiff, completing 31 January 1941. Allocated initially to 11th Escort Group, her first duty was as escort to convoy WS6, during which she contracted boiler defects that forced her to return to the Clyde for two weeks repair. She then escorted the next WS convoy (SW7) and later HG56 and OB306. Broadwater seems to have been one of the class dogged by defects, for further work was then required on the Clyde from 9 to 17 April 1941, followed by a long refit which started at Southampton on 9 June and was completed at Portsmouth on 20 June 1941. After all this work, Broadwater sailed with convoy OB339 on 28 June 1941, en route to join the Newfoundland Escort Force covering the St John's, NF to Iceland convoy route, and she continued on this route until 19 October 1941 when, with convoy SC48, she was torpedoed by U101 and sunk at position 57.01N 19.08W. (Foreign service history thanks to Robert Hurst.)
Mason 59kThe 'Town' Class destroyer HMS Broadwater (ex-USS Mason, DD-191) underway of the Northern Irish coast mid-June 1941, prior to her joining the Newfoundland Escort Force. A typical Stage 1 conversion, the first and fouth funnels are still there (their camouflage pattern just merging them into the background), and she has been fitted with Type 286 radar(Admiralty Official). Robert Hurst

USS MASON DD-191 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Carl Frederick Holden    Feb 28 1920 - Mar 8 1920 (Later VADM)
LT Hartwell Clarence Davis    Mar 8 1920 - Jun 14 1920
CDR Russell Willson    Jun 14 1920 - Sep 13 1921 (later VADM)
CDR Henry George Stewart Wallace    Sep 13 1921 - Jul 3 1922
(Decommissioned July 3 1922 - December 4 1939)
LT Claude Arthur Dillavou    Dec 4 1939 - Oct 8 1940 

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