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USS BAINBRIDGE (DD-246)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQL

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
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, 26,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on May 27 1919.
Launched June 12 1920 and commissioned February 9 1921.
Decommissioned December 23 1930, recommissioned September 5 1933.
Decommissioned November 20 1937, recommissioned September 26 1939.
Decommissioned July 21 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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Bainbridge 72kBorn in Princeton,New Jersey, 7 May 1774. Appointed Lieutenant, 3 August 1798: Master Commandant (Commander), 29 March 1799: Captain, 20 May 1800. Died 27 July 1833. At the age of 15 he entered the merchant service where he made an unusual and distinguished record. Upon his appointment as lieutenant in the Navy he was ordered to command the schooner or galley Retaliation, cruising in the West Indies. November 1798 - after a brave resistance, she was captured by the French frigates Volunteer and Insurgente and carried into Guadeloupe. While here Bainbridge secured the release of a number of American prisoners and the Retaliation was restored to him by order of the Governor, that he might take them to the United States. Upon his return he was given command of Norfolk and during the years 1799-1800 made a number of captures of French privateers. May 1800 - he was ordered to the frigate George Washington to carry “tribute” from the United States to the Dey of Algiers. He was employed by the Dey of Algiers to carry his ambassador and gifts to the Sultan of Turkey and was instrumental in securing an order from the Sultan to the Dey obliging him to release 400 prisoners. He returned to the United States and on 2 May 1801 was ordered to Essex, one of the vessels of the squadron of Commodore Richard Dale fitted out to cruise against the Barbary Powers. March 1803 he was superintending the building of vessels for the US Navy at Philadelphia and Baltimore. 21 May 1803 ordered to command the Philadelphia, 44-gun frigate, of Commodore Edward Preble’s Squadron, to cruise against Tripolitan cruisers in the Mediterranean. 13 July 1803 ordered by the Department to sail in advance of the squadron. 26 August 1803 off Cape de Gatt, captured the Moorish ship Meshboha and recaptured from the Moors the American brig Cecelia. 31 October 1803 while in chase of a Tripolitan cruiser, the Philadelphia struck on a rock in the harbor of Tripoli, struck fast in the sands, was surrounded by Tripolitan gunboats and captured. Captain Bainbridge, his officers and men were taken on shore and imprisoned in the castle overlooking the harbor for 19 months. Upon the establishment of a treaty of peace with Tripoli, 3 June 1805, Captain Bainbridge returned to the United States in the frigate President. He was granted furlough during the years 1806-1807 and made a voyage in a merchant vessel. 1809-1810 again on duty in the Navy commanding the President. 1810-1811 on furlough and made voyages in merchant vessels to India and Russia, where hearing rumors of trouble with England he gave up his ship and returned home. 28 July 1812 he was ordered to command the Constitution and sailed on a cruise 28 October 1812. 9 November 1812 captured the brig South Carolina. 29 Dec 1812 after an engagement of 1 hour and 45 minutes captured the British frigate, Java, of 49 guns and 400 men. During this fight Bainbridge was twice wounded. His next duty was in command of the Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts. July-December 1815 commanded the Independence, Mediterranean Squadron.1816-1819 on shore duty at various stations.1819-1821 commanding the Columbus, flagship Mediterranean Squadron.1821-1823 commanding first the Philadelphia, then the Boston Stations.December 24, 1824 - June 1827 Naval Commissioner. 1829-1831 commanding Philadelphia Station. He was again in command of the Charlestown Navy Yard until 19 November 1832, when he was granted leave. His health failed and his death occurred at Philadelphia in 1833. He was buried in the churchyard of Christ Church that city. Photo #: KN-1365. Commodore William Bainbridge, USN (1774-1833), oil on wood, 30" by 21", by John Wesley Jarvis (1780-1840). Painted circa 1814. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Bainbridge 114kUndated, location unknown.-
Bainbridge 124kUndated, destroyers moored at San Diego, California, prior to World War II. These ships are (from left to right): USS Barry (DD-248); USS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Reuben James (DD-245); USS Williamson (DD-244); USS Fox (DD-234); USS Lawrence (DD-250); and USS Hovey (DD-208). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 65kUndated, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) and USS Litchfield (DD-336) alongside the USS denebola (AD-12) in Constantinople, Turkey.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 55kUndated crew photo.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 184kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Bainbridge 160kUndated, at Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Bainbridge 129kUndated, at Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Bainbridge 98kPhoto #: NH 56312, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 12 June 1920. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 89kMiss Juliet Edith Greene, great-great granddaughter of William Bainbridge, sponsor, USS Bainbridge, June 12, 1920. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum.Bill Gonyo
Bainbridge 131kNew York Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Eleven destroyers fitting out in the Wet Basin between Piers 3 and 4. Photo is dated 28 September 1920. Ships present are identified as (from left to right): Childs (DD-241), commissioned 22 Oct. 1920; Reuben James (DD-245), commissioned 24 Sept. 1920; McFarland (DD-237), commissioned 30 Sept. 1920; Sturtevant (DD-240), commissioned 21 Sept. 1920; Williamson (DD-244), commissioned 29 Oct. 1920; Sands (DD-243), commissioned 10 Nov. 1920; Lawrence (DD-250), commissioned 18 April 1921; Hopkins (DD-249), commissioned 21 March 1921; Bainbridge (DD-246), commissioned 9 Feb. 1921; Goff (DD-247), commissioned 19 Jan. 1921; and Barry (DD-248), commissioned 28 Dec. 1920.Robert Hurst
Bainbridge 79kPhoto #: 19-N-8229. USS Bainbridge (DD-246) fitting out at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, 29 October 1920. Note that the captioning on the photograph identifies the ship as "Destroyer No. 249" and that the builder's hull number painted on the bow is "238". Both of these indicate that the ship may actually be USS Hopkins (DD-249), and not Bainbridge. Also note the temporary wooden railing installed around the destroyer's deck edge.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 100kPhoto #: NH 56318, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) scene in the ship's pilothouse, during the 1920s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 99kPhoto #: NH 78331, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) underway, circa 1921. Donation of Frank A. Downey, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 109kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) underway, circa 1921. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 119kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) off Constantinople, Turkey, on 16 December 1922, with 482 survivors of the French transport Vinh-Long on board. The French ship had burned in the Sea of Marmora earlier that day. Bainbridge is flying her ensign at half mast height, in mourning for the victims of the disaster. Donation of Frank A. Downey, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 105kPhoto #: 19-N-11575. Burning of French Transport Vinh-Long, 16 December 1922. USS Bainbridge (DD-246) noses into Vinh-Long's port bow to remove her survivors, in the Sea of Marmora near Constantinople, Turkey, in the morning of 16 December 1922. This view was taken shortly before the series of explosions that spread flames into the forward part of the ship.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 81kPhoto #: NH 78345, Burning of French Transport Vinh-Long, 16 December 1922, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) off Constantinople, Turkey, on 16 December 1922, with 482 survivors on board. She had rescued them that morning them from the Vinh-Long, which was afire in the Sea of Marmora. Note Bainbridge's ensign flying at half-mast. Donation of Frank A. Downey, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 181kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) Ship's Company is commended by Rear Admiral Andrew T. Long, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces in Europe, for their actions in rescuing 482 survivors from the burning French transport Vinh-Long in the Sea of Marmora on 16 December 1922. This photograph was taken sometime after that date. Among the officers standing near the starboard deck edge are (from left to right): Rear Admiral Long; Lieutenant Commander Walter Atlee Edwards, ship's Commanding Officer (directly behind RAdm. Long); and Captain Charles M. Tozer, Commander Destroyer Squadron 14 (holding his ear). Donation of Frank A. Downey, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 87kPhoto #: NH 78351. Senior officers present during ceremonies commending the Ship's Company for their actions in rescuing 482 survivors from the burning French transport Vinh-Long. The rescue took place in the Sea of Marmora, Turkey, on 16 December 1922. This photograph was taken sometime after that date. Those present are (from left to right): Captain Charles M. Tozer, Commander Destroyer Squadron 14; Rear Admiral Andrew Theodore Long, Commander U.S. Naval Forces in Europe; and Lieutenant Commander Walter Atlee Edwards, ship's Commanding Officer. Photographed on Bainbridge's foredeck. Donation of Frank A. Downey, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Bainbridge 163kPhoto #: NH 56314, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) underway at sea, March 1924. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 661kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) (outboard), and USS Childs (DD-241) backing out of drydock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii, on 6 June 1925. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Stored in larger than normal size as the detail is exquisite, check out the parking lot!Joe Radigan/Fred Weiss/Ed Zajkowski
Bainbridge 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
Bainbridge 94kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) in a harbor, during the 1920s or 1930s. Note the "E" award painted on the weather screen above her pilothouse. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 119kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) anchored off New York City, during the 1920s or 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 105kPhoto #: NH 64555, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) leaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 5 May 1932. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 116kPhoto #: NH 64556, USS Bainbridge (DD-246) leaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 5 May 1932. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 160kUSS Altair (AD-11) At Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 1 October 1942. The four ships alongside are (from left to right): USS Spry (PG-64); USS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Goff (DD-247); and Dutch minelayer/patrol vessel Jan van Brakel. Photographed from USS Pocomoke (AV-9). Note the pattern camouflage on most of these ships. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 95k19-N-50558, New York Navy Yard, August 17 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 120k19-N-50560, New York Navy Yard, August 17 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 147kNew York NY, August 17 1943.Ed Zajkowski
Bainbridge 106k19-N-50552, New York Harbor, August 19 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 73k19-N-50553, New York Harbor, August 19 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Paul Rebold
Bainbridge 143kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) Refueling from USS Hancock (CV-19), during the carrier's shakedown cruise in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas, 14 June 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 139kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) Refueling from USS Hancock (CV-19), during the carrier's shakedown cruise in the western Atlantic and Caribbean areas, 14 June 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 75kUnderway at sea in the Atlantic area, 9 July 1944.Robert Hurst
Bainbridge 117kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) steaming in the Atlantic area, 23 July 1944. Note her newly-applied pattern camouflage, which appears to be Measure 32, Design 3d (USN photo No: 80-G-23771). Robert Hurst
Bainbridge 144kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) Highlines Ensign Thomas Edward Jamson to USS Santee (CVE-29), at sea in the Atlantic on 29 July 1943. He had been rescued by Bainbridge after a flight deck crash on the previous day. Note the convoy in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Bainbridge 79kThree Wickes and two Clemson class destroyers await the scrapper´s torch at NAS Cape May, New Jersey in October of 1945. From Left; USS Greer (DD-145), USS Bainbridge (DD-246), USS Goff (DM-22 ex DD-247), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Lea (DD-118).Gerd Matthes/Christopher Bainbridge McKnight

USS BAINBRIDGE DD-246 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Leo Hewlett Thebaud    Feb 9 1921 - 1921 (Later VADM)
LCDR Howard Adams Flanigan    1921 - Jun 1922
LCDR Walter Atlee Edwards    Jun 1922 - Sep 7 1923
LCDR Robert Rutherford Morris Emmet    Sep 7 1923 - Jun 25 1926 (Later RADM)
LCDR Richard Stockton Field    Jun 25 1926 - May 23 1927
LCDR Thomas Macy Shock    May 23 1927 - Dec 23 1930
(Decommissioned Dec 23 1930 - Mar 9 1932)
LCDR Ray Harrington Wakeman    Mar 9 1932 - ?
LCDR Vincent Hubbard Godfrey    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR Edmund James Kidder    ? 1936 - Aug 1937
LT Robert Boulton Jr.    Aug 1937 - Nov 20 1937
(Decommissioned Nov 20 1937 - Sep 26 1939)
LCDR Edward Patrick Creehan    Sep 26 1939 - 1941
LCDR Liles Walker Creighton    1941 - Sep 1942 
LCDR Alston Maury Boyd Jr.    Sep 1942 - Aug 16 1943
LCDR Harry Curtis Transue    Aug 16 1943 - Aug 18 1944
LCDR William Staunton Hitchins    Aug 18 1944 - Jul 21 1945

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