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USS BAILEY (DD-269)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NCF

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; Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on June 3 1918.
Launched February 5 1919 and commissioned June 27 1919.
Decommissioned June 15 1922, Recommissioned September 30 1939.
Decommissioned November 26 1940.
To Britain November 26 1940, renamed HMS Reading (G71).
Stricken January 8 1941.
Fate Broken up for scrap in 1945.

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Bailey 73kRear Admiral Theodorus Bailey (April 12, 1805-February 14, 1877) was a U.S. naval officer during the American Civil War. Born 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
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
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

USS BAILEY DD-269 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alexander Sharp    Jun 27 1919 - ?
LCDR Benjamin Vaughan McCandlish    Oct 1919 - Feb 1920 (Later COMO)

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