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USS DELPHY (DD-261)

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 Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on April 20 1918.
Launched July 18 1918 and commissioned November 30 1918.
Wrecked on Honda Pt. Calif. September 8 1923.
Stricken November 20 1923.
Fate Wreck sold to Robert H. Smith of Oakland, California for $147.86 on October 29 1925.
3 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Delphy 69kRichard Delphy was appointed Midshipman 18 May 1809 and served with distinction in United States during the engagement with HMS Macedonian 25 October 1812. He was killed in the action in which Argus, with most of her rigging shot away; surrendered to the HMS Pelican just as the crew of the Pelican was about to board the Argus on 14 August 1813. Photo is a representation of a midshipman from the period.Bill Gonyo
Delphy 127kUndated, location unknown.-
Delphy 85kPhoto #: NH 54687, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) in charge of tugs, immediately after she was launched at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 111kPhoto #: NH 54683, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) comes afloat during her launching, at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 142kPhoto #: NH 54684, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) tugs moving her to a fitting out berth, just after her launching at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 160kPhoto #: NH 54685, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) sliding into the water during her launching, at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 142kPhoto #: NH 54686, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) sliding into the water during her launching, at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 74kPhoto #: NH 54688, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) sliding down the building ways during launching at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. Note the large flag hung across her bow. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 99kPhoto #: NH 54682, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) ready for launching, at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. Note that she was launched with her propellers and rudder in place. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Delphy 122kPhoto #: NH 54689: USS Delphy afloat just after her launching at the Victory Destroyer Plant, Squantum, Massachusetts, 18 July 1918. Note tugs coming alongside and canoes in the foreground. The tug Nellie is at left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Scott Dyben
Delphy 50kPhoto #: NH 98009, USS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) at the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 28 October 1919. Photographed by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, 11 Portland St., Boston, Mass. Note the open face of this destroyer's pilothouse. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Scott Dyben
Delphy 139kPhoto #: NH 54691: USS Delphy (DD-261) hauled out on the marine railway at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Scott Dyben
Delphy 115kPhoto #: NH 54692: USS Delphy (DD-261) underway, circa 1920, before being fitted with an enlarged deckhouse to carry her after 4"/50 gun. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Scott Dyben
Delphy 144kAerial view of the Honda Point disaster area September 8, 1923, showing all seven destroyers that ran aground on Honda Point during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships are: USS Nicholas (DD-311), in the upper left; USS S.P. Lee (DD-310), astern of Nicholas; USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in the left center; USS Young (DD-312), capsized in the center of the view; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the center; and USS Fuller (DD-297), in the lower center. The Southern Pacific Railway's Honda Station is in the upper left. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 57kPhoto #: NH 69328: USS Delphy in a West Coast port, 1921. Note Matson Navigation Company building in the left distance. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 98kUSS Delphy (Destroyer # 261) Photographed in a U.S. East Coast port, circa November-December 1918. Note her camouflage scheme, and her number painted at the base of the forward superstructure. Collection of Arthur J. Rozette. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Delphy 143kUSS Delphy (DD-261) Hauled out on the marine railway at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, in 1919. Note her starboard propeller and rudder. She carries a 3"/23 anti-aircraft gun atop her after deckhouse and has no 4"/50 gun or depth charge racks fitted on her stern. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Delphy 71kPhoto #: NH 86413: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, wrecked destroyers on Honda Point, California, soon after the night of 8 September 1923, when they went ashore in a heavy fog. In the foreground is USS Delphy (DD-261), which has broken in two, with her forward section capsized to port. USS Young (DD-312) is capsized to starboard, astern of Delphy. In the distance is USS Woodbury (DD-309), heeled to port with her bow near a small rock island, with USS Fuller (DD-297) faintly visible beyond her. Collection of Edward C. Knapp, Sr., courtesy of John E. Knapp, 1978. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 98kPhoto #: NH 69059: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, USS Delphy (DD-261) capsized and broken in two at Honda Point, California, shortly after she ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. USS Nicholas (DD-311), wrecked at the same time, is in the background. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 60kPhoto #: NH 42173: Honda Point disaster, September 1923, ships of Destroyer Squadron Eleven wrecked on the California coast, near the northern entrance of the Santa Barbara Channel, shortly after they ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. The stern of USS Delphy (DD-261) is in the right foreground. At left is USS Chauncey (DD-296). Beyond her stern is the capsized USS Young (DD-312). USS Woodbury (DD-309) is on the rocks in the upper right, with USS Fuller (DD-297) partially visible behind her. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 102kPhoto #: NH 66720: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the southern part of the disaster area, showing four of the seven destroyers that ran aground on Honda Point during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships visible are USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in the lower left; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright beyond Delphy; USS Young (DD-312), capsized aft of Chauncey; and USS Woodbury (DD-309) at right. Point Arguello lighthouse is in the center distance. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 86kPhoto #: NH 84819: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, wrecked destroyers on Honda Point, California, soon after the night of 8 September 1923, when they went ashore in a fog. In the foreground is USS Delphy (DD-261), which has broken in two, with her forward section capsized to port. At left, behind the rocky outcropping, is the stern of USS Chauncey (DD-296). USS Young (DD-312) is capsized to starboard, astern of Chauncey. In the distance is USS Woodbury (DD-309), heeled to port with her bow near a small rock island, with USS Fuller (DD-297) beyond her. Photograph by Aston. Donation of Captain George M. Grening, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 59kPhoto #: NH 42172: Honda Point disaster, September 1923, ships of Destroyer Squadron Eleven wrecked on the California coast, near the northern entrance of the Santa Barbara Channel, shortly after they ran aground in the fog during the night of 8 September 1923. USS Delphy (DD-261) is in the foreground, capsized. Beyond her, also capsized, is USS Young (DD-312). USS Woodbury (DD-309) is on the rocks in the middle distance, with USS Fuller (DD-297) partially visible beyond her. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 84kPhoto #: NH 66722: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the southern part of the disaster area, showing five of the seven destroyers that ran aground on Honda Point during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships visible are: USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in the small cove at left; USS Young (DD-312), capsized in left center; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the right center; and USS Fuller (DD-297) on the rocks at right. The Southern Pacific Railway's Honda Station is in the upper middle. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 99kPhoto #: NH 66723: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the disaster area, showing the seven destroyers that ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships are: USS Nicholas (DD-311), in the left center; USS S.P. Lee (DD-310), astern of Nicholas; USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in small cove (center); USS Young (DD-312), capsized in the center of the view; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the center; and USS Fuller (DD-297), closest to the camera. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Delphy 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Alden Dawes    Nov 30 1918 - Mar 1 1919
CDR James Paulding Murdock    Mar 1 1919 - Apr 23 1920
CDR Edward Howe Watson    Apr 23 1920 - Jun 30 1922
LCDR Donald Taylor Hunter    Jun 30 1922 - Sep 8 1923

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