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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; Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum, MA (YN 349)
Laid down 03 June 1918
Launched 05 February 1919
Commissioned 27 June 1919
Decommissioned 15 June 1922
Recommissioned 06 November 1939
Decommissioned 26 November 1940
To Britain 26 November 1940, renamed HMS Reading (G 71)
Stricken 08 January 1941
Fate Sold 24 July 1945 and broken up at Inverkeithing

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Bailey 73kRear Admiral Theodorus Bailey was a U.S. naval officer during the American Civil War. Born 12 April 1805 in Chateaugay, New York, he entered the navy as a midshipman in January, 1818. He was commended for energy, enterprise, and gallantry in the Mexican-American War. He made captain in 1855. In July, 1862, he was made Commodore, and in July, 1866, rear-admiral on the retired list. In 1861 Captain Bailey was in command of Colorado, in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Later he took command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He was instrumental in developing a primitive "thruster system," the principles of which are still in use today. A pipe could direct water to one side of the ship or another, which caused the ship to be able to move with more agility in the high seas. Today, ships use this principle in thruster systems. Rear Admiral Bailey died at Washington, D. C., 10 February 1877. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
USS Bailey (DD-269)
Bailey 135kUndated, USS Meade (DD-274), USS Bailey (DD-269) and USS Thornton (DD-270) anchored near the Evans, Coleman and Evans dock in Vancouver BC. Source: City of Vancouver Archives, Photo No. AM1506-S3-1-: CVA 447-2874, by Walter E. Frost.Mike Green
Bailey 173kVictory Destroyer Plant, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts. Interior of the wet slips, with USS Bailey (DD 269), (builder's Hull #349) fitting out in the center. The less advanced hull to the right may be USS Morris (DD 271). Of the ships represented on the "thermometer" progress chart at left, Hulls 346-348 -- Greene (DD 266), Ballard (DD 267) and Shubrick (DD 268) -- were completing outdoors at this time and Hull 345, USS Edwards (DD 265), had been commissioned on 24 April. Photographed between 27 April and 3 May 1919 by Monks & Johnson, Boston, Mass. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
Bailey 142kAs above.Gerd Matthes
46kBailey (DD-269) moored with a damaged bow after colliding with Swasey (DD-273) during maneuvers off San Diego, 23 September 1920. Meade (DD-274) is moored in the background.Dave Wright
Bailey 46kCirca early 1920's.Marc Piché
Bailey 130kUSS Bailey (DD-269), underway, circa the early 1920s. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 69312.Robert Hurst
Bailey 135kPhoto #: NH 69516: Destroyer Division THIRTY-ONE moored together off San Diego, California, circa 1922. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. These ships are (from left to right): USS Bailey (DD-269); USS Thornton (DD-270); USS Tingey (DD-272); USS Morris (DD-271); USS Swasey (DD-273) and USS Meade (DD-274). Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.-
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
On British Service
Bailey 53kThe 'Town' class destroyer HMS Reading (ex-USS Bailey, DD-269) date and location unknown.Robert Hurst
Bailey 92kUndated, location unknown. Photo # FL 3316 from the collections of the Imperial War Museum.Robert Hurst
Bailey 64kStarboard bow view of HMS Reading (G 71) in January, 1941. Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 2779).Mike Green
Bailey 81kStarboard side view of HMS Reading (G 71) in January, 1941. Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 2776).Mike Green

USS BAILEY DD-269 History
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Commanding Officers
01CDR Alexander Sharp, Jr. (USNA 1906)27 June 1919 - 08 October 1919
02LCDR Benjamin Vaughan McCandlish (USNA 1909)08 October 1919 - 06 February 1920
03CDR James Perdue Olding (USNA 1906)06 February 1920 - 07 September 1920
04LCDR Alva Douglas Bernhard (USNA 1909)07 September 1920 - 02 January 1922
05LCDR Bernhard Henry Bieri (USNA 1911)02 January 1922 - 15 June 1922
 Decommissioned15 June 1922 - 06 November 1939
06LCDR Henry Edward Richter (USNA 1924)06 November 1939 - 15 December 1939
07CDR Edward Harral Jones (USNA 1917)15 December 1939 - 26 November 1940

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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