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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; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on May 8 1919.
Launched September 5 1919 and commissioned December 1 1919.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken October 22 1930.
Fate Sold in a block buy to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD at 5,789.00 each.

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Breck 116kJoseph Berry Breck was born in Maine in 1830. He was appointed acting ensign on 27 February 1863. On 24 April 1863, Acting Ens. Breck placed the screw steamer Niphon in commission and took command of her. His ship was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and, initially, was stationed off Fort Fisher, N.C.. However, he and his ship operated off New Inlet for most of the remainder of the Civil War. Breck participated in a number of operations ashore, the most important of which was the destruction of the salt works at Masonboro Sound, N.C., on 27 August 1864. He also volunteered to participate in the operation to destroy the powerful Confederate ram Albemarle; the seniority of Lt. William B. Cushing, however, secured for that officer the undying fame that accompanied that successful exploit that might have been Breck’s. He also joined in the capture of six of the largest blockade runners taken during the war. Probably the most important of those was the steamer Cornubia, taken on 8 November 1863. Her papers exposed the scheme whereby the Confederacy had secretly acquired ships in England. Eventually attaining the rank of lieutenant commander, Breck served until November of 1864 when a medical board invalided him out of the service. Seeking a climate conducive to his recovery, he moved to San Francisco, Calif., where he died on 26 July 1865.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Breck 127kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Breck 49kUndated, location unknown.C. Paul Daelemans
Breck 179kUSS Breck (DD-283) at Boston, Massachusetts, December 1919. Photo by J. Crosby of Boston. Source: Naval History Heritage and Command, Photo No. NHF-127.Mike Green
Breck 153kCirca the middle or later 1920s, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Breck 121kWestern Mediterranean circa 1927.Marc Piché

USS BRECK DD-283 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Clifford Evans Van Hook    Dec 1 1919 - Jul 15 1920 (Later RADM)
LCDR John Forsyth Meigs Jr.    Jul 15 1920 - Jul 16 1921
LCDR Holloway Halstead Frost    Jul 16 1921 - Feb 18 1923 
LCDR Claude Banks Mayo    Feb 18 1923 - May 6 1924
LCDR John Holmes Magruder Jr.    May 6 1924 - Apr 8 1927 (Later COMO)
LCDR William Hermann Burtis    Apr 8 1927 - May 1 1930

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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