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USS HOPKINS (DD-249 / DMS-13)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQM

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, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on July 30 1919.
Launched June 26 1920 and commissioned March 21 1921.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-13 November 19 1940.
Decommissioned December 21 1945.
Stricken January 8 1946.
Fate Sold November 8 1946 to Heglo Sales Co., Hillsdale, NJ and broken up for scrap.

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Hopkins 74kCommodore Esek Hopkins, Continental Navy was born in Rhode Island on 26 April 1718. As a young man he began a career at sea, captaining merchant vessels and, during the French and Indian War, a successful privateer. After the American Revolution broke out in 1775, Rhode Island appointed Hopkins as commander of its military forces. Later in that year he became Commander in Chief of the still very small Continental Navy. In mid-February 1776, Commodore Hopkins sailed from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, under orders from the Continental Congress to attack British maritime forces in the Chesapeake Bay, along the southern coast and off Rhode Island. Realizing that enemy strength was too great to permit execution of this ambitious task, Hopkins instead undertook what would be the Navy's first amphibious offensive. On 3 March, his squadron put a landing party ashore on New Providence Island, in the Bahamas, seized the local defensive works and captured a stock of equipment and supplies that were badly needed for military purposes in the rebellious American colonies. On 4 April 1776, while en route home, the Continental ships encountered and captured two small British warships. Two days later they had an inconclusive engagement with HMS Glasgow. Hopkins' squadron arrived at New London, Connecticut, on 8 April. Hopkins' conduct of his operations produced considerable controversy. Though censured by the Congress, he remained in charge of the American Navy for the next year, during which time his ships were based in southern New England. Continued dissatisfaction with his performance led to loss of his command in 1777 and dismissal from the service early in 1778. Esek Hopkins retained his local popularity, however, serving in the Rhode Island legislature during most of the next decade and remaining active in the state's affairs until his death on 26 February 1802. Photo #: NH 49075. Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy, 1775-1777 Line engraving by J.C. Buttre, New York, published during the 19th Century. It includes a facsimile of Hopkins' signature. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Hopkins 91kUndated, location unknown. USS Barney (DD-149) in the foreground and USS Hopkins (DD-249) in the left background.Paul Rebold
Hopkins 236kUndated, location unknown. USS Tarbell (DD 142) with USS Humphreys (DD 236) and USS Hopkins (DD 249) aft of her. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hopkins 150kMiss Sarah A. Babbitt, Sponsor of USS Hopkins (DD-249), with her mother, at the ship's launching, 26 June 1920. The ceremonies took place at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 53568.Robert Hurst
Hopkins 150kUSS Hopkins (DD-249), Launching, at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, on 26 June 1920. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 53569.Robert Hurst
Hopkins 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
Hopkins 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
Hopkins 110kUSS Hopkins (DD-249) photographed circa 1921 (USN photo No: 53570).Robert Hurst
Hopkins 251kAugust 11 1923, location unknown. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Hopkins 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
Hopkins 110kPhoto #: NH 64562, USS Hopkins (DD-249) underway in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 9 February 1930. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Hopkins 115kU.S. Navy destroyers moored together at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1934. Ships present include (from left to right): USS Breckinridge (DD-148); two unidentified destroyers; USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); six unidentified destroyers and USS Hopkins (DD-249). U.S.Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 50099.Robert Hurst
Hopkins 102kPhoto #: NH 64569: USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), and USS Hopkins (DD-249) (listed left to right) moored together off San Diego, California, circa 1935. This view shows the ships' bows, with signal flags hoisted in the rigging in honor of a special occasion. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. -
Hopkins 102kPhoto #: NH 64568: USS Hopkins (DD-249), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), and USS Tattnall (DD-125) (listed left to right) moored together off San Diego, California, circa 1935. This view shows the ships' sterns, with propeller guards, depth charge racks and small craft visible. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. -
Hopkins 72kGuadalcanal - Tulagi Operation, August 1942 - USS Hopkins as DMS-13 steams past the transport area between Guadalcanal and Tulagi, 8 August 1942. Ship burning in the left center distance is USS George F. Elliott (AP-13), which had been hit by a Japanese air attack earlier in the day. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Hopkins 119kPhoto #: 80-G-34683 (cropped): USS Hopkins (DMS-13) steams past the transport area between Guadalcanal and Tulagi on 8 August 1942, the day after U.S. Marines landed at both places. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Scott Dyben
Hopkins 149kUSS Hopkins (DD-249) painting by J.W. Burbank, 1931. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph NH 53571.Mike Mohl

USS HOPKINS DD-249 / DMS-13 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Carlos Augustus Bailey    Mar 21 1921 - Feb 4 1922
CDR Rufus Wellington Mathewson    Feb 4 1922 - Jun 12 1923
LCDR Alfred Thomas Clay    Jun 12 1923 - Jun 24 1926
CDR John Walter Wilcox, Jr.    1924 - ?
LCDR Roman Burchart Hammes    Jun 24 1926 - Nov 1 1927
LCDR Arthur Wallace Dunn Jr.    Nov 1 1927 - Dec 1930
LCDR Robert Dudley Kirkpatrick    Dec 1930 - Jul 11 1931
CDR Scott Bartlett McFarlane    Jul 11 1931 - ?
LCDR George Frederick Hussey Jr.    ?
LCDR Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick    ? 1933 - ?
LCDR James Lemuel Holloway, Jr.    Jun 1934 - Dec 1934
LCDR Henry Young McCown    Dec 1934 - Dec 1936
LCDR John Stewardson Crenshaw    ? 1937 - ?
LCDR John Sylvester Harper    ? 1938 - ?
LCDR Omer Archibald Kneeland    ? 1939 - ?
As the DMS-13
LCDR Robley Westland Clark    ? 1940 - Jan 1941
LCDR Benjamin Coe    ? 1941 - 1942
LCDR Francis Marion Peters Jr.    1942 - Jul 26 1943
LT Alton Louis Clifford Waldron    Jul 26 1943 - May 26 1944
LCDR Douglas P. Payne    May 26 1944 - Sep 13 1945
LT Robert Louis Jacobs    Sep 13 1945 - Dec 21 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Hopkins (DMS-13)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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