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USS SINCLAIR (DD-275)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NULR

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 October 15 1918.
Launched June 2 1919 and commissioned October 8 1919.
Decommissioned June 1 1930.
Stricken June 5 1935.
Fate Sold August 30 1935 to Lerner-Rosenthal, Oakland, CA and Broken up for scrap.

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-Arthur Sinclair was born in Virginia and entered the Navy as Midshipman in 1798. He served as Midshipman in Constellation during the capture of the French frigate L'Insurgente on 9 February 1799. He was attached to the Mediterranean Squadron from June 1804 to July 1806, participating in the attacks on Tripoli on board Essex. He then sailed Gunboat No. 10 to the United States. On 13 December 1811, he was ordered to the command of Argus; and, between 12October and 17 December 1812, cruised in Argus with the North Atlantic Squadron and took a number of prizes. During the cruise, he became separated from the squadron and was chased for three days and nights by an enemy squadron before his superior ship handling enabled him to escape. On 18 May 1813, he was ordered to duty in the squadron on Lake Ontario and commanded General Pike in the engagement on 28 September 1813. In 1814, he commanded Niagara on Lake Huron and Lak e Superior and directed the actions against Forts St. Mary's and Nautauwassauga. Promoted to Captain in 1813, he commanded Congress in 1817; served in Washington in 1818; and, in 1819, was placed in command of the Norfolk Station where, in 1821, he established a naval school in Guerriere. Captain Sinclair died at Norfolk on 7 February 1831.Robert M. Cieri
Sinclair 92kCirca 1919, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Sinclair 128kUSS Sinclair (DD-275) and USS Sharkey (DD-281) At Boston, Massachusetts, December 1919. Photographed by Crosby, Naval Photographer, 11 Portland Street, Boston. Note the crude identification numbers on the ship's bows, probably added after the photograph was taken. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Sinclair 125kSinclair at the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad docks, Prince Rupert, B.C., Canada. The photo probably dates to 1920 when Sinclair was on tour of ports in B.C. and Alaska with the Secretary of the Navy and the Pacific Fleet Commander in Chief on board.Chuk Munson
Sinclair 98kUSS Sinclair (DD-275) Anchored in San Diego harbor, California, circa 1920. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Sinclair 99kCirca 1920's possibly in the Caribbean or Mexico.Jim Clark
Sinclair 96kUSS Sinclair (DD-275) Underway in harbor, with her rails manned, during the middle or later 1920s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Sinclair 626kPhoto of the crew on the forecastle of the USS Doyen (DD-280), USS Laub (DD-263) and USS Sinclair (DD-275) taken in San Diego, CA on April 29, 1922.Larry Haggard
Sinclair 60kCulebra Island, Puerto Rico Destroyers at anchor in Culebra Bay, during the 1920s. Identifiable ships present include: USS Somers (DD-301), at right; USS Reno (DD-303), at left; USS Henshaw (DD-278), left center; USS Flusser (DD-289), beyond Henshaw; USS Sinclair (DD-275), center. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
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
Sinclair 80kCirca early 1930s.Marc Piché
Sinclair 116kUSS Sinclair (DD-275) Entering San Diego harbor, California, circa 1930. Ballast Point is in the left background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

USS SINCLAIR DD-275 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Chester Sayre Roberts    Oct 18 1919 - ?
LCDR Frank Robert McCrary  ? 1920 - ?
LCDR Walter Stratton Anderson    1922 - 1922 (Later VADM)
CDR Earl Roof Shipp    ? 1924 - ?
CDR Harry Jefferson Abbett    ? 1926 - ?
CDR Harold Vincent McKittrick    Feb 5 1927 - ?

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