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USS KANE (DD-235 / APD-18)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NULM

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/51, 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 New York Shipbuilding on July 3 1918.
Launched August 12 1919 and commissioned June 11 1920.
Decommissioned December 31 1930, recommissioned April 1 1932.
Decommissioned April 28 1938, recommissioned September 23 1939.
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-18 March 25 1943.
Decommissioned January 24 1946.
Stricken February 25 1946.
Fate Sold June 21 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Kane 68kElisha Kent Kane was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 3 February 1820. Though weakened by rheumatic fever as a youth, he was educated as a physician at the University of Pennsylvania and, in July 1843, was appointed an Assistant Surgeon in the United States Navy. In 1844, prior to taking up his duties, Kane sailed to China as part of a U.S. diplomatic mission. His later Navy assignments involved cruises off Africa, in the Mediterranean Sea and off South America. In 1847 he undertook a daring courier mission to Mexico City, travelling through hostile territory, and surviving severe battle wounds. In 1850-1851, Kane was surgeon and official historian for the DeHaven expedition, sent to the Canadian Arctic in the brigs Advance and Rescue to look for possible survivors of Sir John Franklin's exploring party. A second expedition sailed in the Advance in late May 1853, with the same object and with Kane as leader. Frozen in between Greenland and Canada, Kane and his men endured more than two years of hardship and an arduous journey over ice and open water to Upernavik, Greenland. Hailed as a hero upon his return to the U.S., Kane undertook a program of writing and lectures. After his health failed during a trip to England in the Fall of 1856, he went to Cuba in search of recovery. However his condition became worse and Elisha Kent Kane died in Havana on 16 February 1857. Photo #: NH 66634. Assistant Surgeon Elisha Kent Kane, USN (1820-1857) engraved portrait published in 1876. It features vignette scenes related to Kane's 1850s Arctic explorations and a facsimile of his signature. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo
Kane 96kUndated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Kane 133kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Kane 93kPhoto #: NH 52225. Miss Florence Kane, the ship's Sponsor, stands by Kane's bow during launching ceremonies, at the the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 12 August 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kane 87kPhoto #: NH 52224, USS Kane (Destroyer # 235) launching, at the the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 12 August 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Kane 130kNew York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Destroyers fitting out on 2 October 1919. The second ship from the camera is Humphreys (DD-236). The fourth through sixth are Brooks (DD-232), Fox (DD-234) and Kane (DD-235). Their builder's hull numbers were (respectively) 225, 221, 223 and 224. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42532Robert Hurst
Kane 60kPhoto #: NH 67573, USS Kane (Destroyer # 235) at sea, circa 1920. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Kane 68kPhoto #: NH 52226, USS Kane (Destroyer # 235) running trials, circa 1920. Photographed by her builder, the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, of Camden, New Jersey. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Kane 244kCirca 1920'sScott Hansen
Kane 124kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Kane (DD-235); and USS Hopkins (DD-249) Nested together during the 1920s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kane 92kPhoto #: NH 52231. The Ship's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander John S. Barleon, hands out prize money as he congratulates members of the engine room force, who won the 1923 Navy trophy for destroyer class engineering efficiency. Black arm band may be a symbol of mourning for President Warren G. Harding, who had died on 2 August 1923. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kane 91kPhoto #: NH 52230. The Officers and crewmen pose with the trophy won by Kane for attaining the highest engineering efficiency in the destroyer class, 1923. Black bands worn by the officers may be in mourning for President Warren G. Harding, who had died on 2 August 1923. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kane 95kUSS Noa (DD-343), in San Diego Harbour, California, about 1930. Destroyer USS Kane (DD-235) is in the background. Photo US Navy Photographic Center. Photo from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928" by bernard D. Cole.Robert Hurst
Kane 154kU.S. destroyers moored side-by-side after a day's manoeuvers in Haitian Waters, circa the late 1920s or the 1930s. These ships are (from front to rear): USS Kane (DD-235); USS Hatfield (DD-231); USS Brooks (DD-232) and USS Lawrence (DD-250). The first three destroyers carry 5"/51 guns mounted on their sterns, while Lawrence has the normal 4"/50 gun mounted atop her after deckhouse, with a 3"/23 anti-aircraft gun on her stern. Note bedding airing on the ships' lifelines. U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 52227.Robert Hurst
Kane 148kUSS Hopkins (DD-249) In San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234) are moored in the right center background, with Naval Air Station North Island beyond them. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kane 125kUSS Williamson (DD-244) In San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234) are in the right background. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kane 130kUSS Barry (DD-248) In San Diego harbor, California, about 1930. Ships in the right background are USS Kane (DD-235) and USS Fox (DD-234). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kane 112kPhoto #: NH 64544, USS Kane (DD-235) leaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 9 June 1932. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Kane 152kPearl Harbor Navy Yard, Oahu, Hawaii. Scouting Force ships at, and off, the yard, 2 February 1933. Cruisers tied up at 1010 Dock are (from left to left center) Augusta (CA-31), Chicago (CA-29) and Chester (CA-27). USS Northampton (CA-26) is alongside the dock in the center, with USS Kane (DD-235) in the adjacent Marine Railway and USS Fox (DD-234) tied up nearby. USS Louisville (CA-28) is in the center distance. Moored off her bow and at the extreme right are USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) and USS Pensacola (CA-24). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-451164.Robert Hurst
Kane 117kCirca 1936, from the Stephen Urbani special feature.Paul Urbani
Kane 84kUSS Kane (DD-235) underway at 15 knots in Puget Sound, Washington, 8 February 1942. Note that she carries a battery of 4"'50 guns and appears to be painted in Measure 1 camouflage.Paul Rebold/Robert Hurst

USS KANE DD-235 / APD-18 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Alden Hall    Jun 11 1920 - ?
LCDR John Sherman Barleon    Jun 14 1922 - Jan 10 1924
LTJG Edward Raymond Joseph Griffin    ? 1924 - ?
LCDR Frank Delmore Manock    Jan 10 1924 - Nov 30 1925
LCDR Otto Marquard Forster    Nov 30 1925 - ?
LCDR William Dudly Taylor    Sep 25 1928 - Dec 31 1930
(Decommissioned Dec 31 1930 - Apr 1 1932)
LCDR Gordon Rowe    ? 1934 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR John D. Alvis    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Floyd Franklin Ferris    ? 1937 - Apr 28 1938 (Later RADM)
(Decommissioned Apr 28 1938 - Sep 23 1939)
LCDR George Dewey Martin    Sep 23 1939 - 1941
LCDR John Joseph Greytak    1941 - Feb 22 1943
As the APD-18
LCDR Robert Emett Gadrow    Feb 22 1943 - Feb 28 1943
LCDR Freeman Donald Miller    Feb 28 1943 - Nov 30 1943
LCDR Frank Norman Christiansen    Nov 30 1943 - Dec 1944
LCDR Sumner J. Abrams    Dec 11 1944 - Jan 24 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971
E-mail: apdsec@cox.net


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Kane APD-18
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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