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USS SHARKEY (DD-281)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NULV

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 14 1919.
Launched August 12 1919 and commissioned November 28 1919.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken October 22 1930.
Fate Sold January 17 1931 to Boston Iron & Metal, Baltimore and Broken up for scrap.

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Sharkey 22kLt. (j.g.) William Joseph Sharkey was born in Auburn, N.Y., on 20 March 1885. After attaining the enlisted rate of Chief Gunners Mate, he was appointed Ensign on 15 March 1918 and assigned to the submarine O-5. On 5 October 1918, fumes were reported in the after battery room, and Lt. (j.g.) Sharkey was killed as he tried to prevent the explosion that followed. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross by a friend, who recommended it, Chester W. Nimitz. The destroyer USS Sharkey (DD-281) was named in his honor. Photo courtesy of the website “On Eternal Patrol”.Bill Gonyo
Sharkey 51kUndated, location unknown.Scott McCoy
Sharkey 186kIn drydock at New York Navy Yard circa 1919-1930. Photo by Leslie Jones.Mike Mohl
Sharkey 122kUSS Sharkey (Destroyer # 281) At Boston, Massachusetts, December 1919. Panoramic photograph by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, 11 Portland St., Boston, Mass. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Sharkey 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
Sharkey 50kCirca 1920's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Sharkey 105kUSS Sharkey (DD-281) In harbor, during the 1920s. Note the recessed anchor housing fitted to her bow and signal flags flying from her formast. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Sharkey 39kPhoto #: NH 98991, USS Sharkey (Destroyer # 281) towing a disabled seaplane into Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 6 March 1920. The aircraft appears to be an F5L. Collection of Edward C. Blackburn. Donated by William E. Wyman, July 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Sharkey 134kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania View of the Yard's Delaware River waterfront, with the hammerhead crane in center, 31 May 1923. Among the ships visible are: USS Dobbin (AD-3),fitting out at left; Destroyers Sharkey (DD-281), Coghlan (DD-326) and Preston (DD-327), at right; and USS Lamson (DD-328), astern of Preston with two other destroyers moored inboard. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Sharkey 107kUSS Vestal (AR-4) positioning a propeller "drydock" for removal of the starboard propeller of USS Sharkey (DD-281), circa 1923-1924. Note Sharkey's channel-iron propeller guard. Courtesy of the Estate of Virginia Cornwell, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Sharkey 85kUSS Sharkey (DD-281) Underway in June 1924. Taken by Photographers Mate Carl August Stahl, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Sharkey 91kUSS Sharkey (DD-281), Underway in June 1924. Taken by Photographers Mate Carl August Stahl, USN. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 41917.Robert Hurst
Sharkey 86kPhoto #: NH 48997, USS Sharkey (DD-281) at Gibraltar, January 1927. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold

USS SHARKEY DD-281 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Edward Davis Washburn Jr.    Nov 28 1919 - ?
CDR Walter Frederick Jacobs    Aug 1 1922 - ?
LCDR Joseph Mason Deem    May 20 1925 - ?
LCDR Horatio Jose Pierce    Jun 15 1928 - May 1 1930

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