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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUPG

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
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Squantum, MA (YN 367)
Laid down 30 June 1919
Launched 30 September 1919
Commissioned 18 December 1919
Decommissioned 01 May 1930
Stricken 22 October 1930
Sold in a block buy to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD at 5,789.00 each
Rebuilt as banana boat, registered under Nicaraguan flag as Teapa, 1931
Placed under American flag with Ceiba Navigation Corp., New Orleans, LA (ON 231865), 1932
Bareboat chartered to US Army as USAT Teapa, early 1942
Returned to former owners, 1945
Fate Laid up 1950, scrapped 1955

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Putnam 63kCharles Flint Putnam was born in Freeport, Illinois 1 December 1854 and entered the Naval Academy at the age of 14. Upon his request at graduation in 1873, he was ordered to the Far East in Kearsarge, serving in that vessel with the Asiatic Squadron until 1875. Master Putnam was stationed at San Francisco in 1876 and was attached to schoolship Jamestown in 187778. In 1879 he joined the Coast Survey steamer Hassler in the North Pacific. Putnam volunteered in 1881 for service in Rodgers, fitted out to search for Jeanette, which had been lost in the Arctic on an expedition to reach the North Pole. When Rodgers burned at St. Lawrence Bay, Siberia, 30 November 1881, Putnam took supplies to the survivors on dog sledges. On his return to his depot at Cape Serdze, he missed his way in a blinding snow storm 10 January 1882, drifted out to sea on an ice-floe and was never heard from again.Daniel Dunham
USS Putnam (DD-287)
Putnam 79kUndated, location unknown. Naval Historical Center photo NH70863.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 142kBethlehem Ship Building's Victory Destroyer Plant at Squantum, MA November 18 1919. USS Lardner (DD-286) to the left and USS Putnam (DD-287) to the right. Naval Historical Center photo NH43165.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 80kPhoto #: NH 105326. USS Putnam (Destroyer # 287) at Boston, Massachusetts, December 1919. Panoramic photograph, probably taken by J.C. Crosby, 11 Portland Street, Boston. Another destroyer is hauled out of the water on the marine railway in the immediate background. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Putnam 67kCirca 1920, location unknown. Naval Historical Center photo NH77279.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 65kCirca the middle or later 1920s, location unknown. Naval Historical Center photo NH84207.Daniel Dunham/Robert Hurst
Putnam 163kBoston Navy Yard alongside a floating machine shop, May 7 1928. From the Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl/Ed Zajkowski
USAT Teapa
Putnam 111kUndated wartime picture of the USAT Teapa (ex-MV Teapa, ex-USS Putnam, DD-287) tied up dockside, location unknown. Teapa was one of three former Navy "four-piper" destroyers in banana-boat service that were acquired early in the war for running the Japanese blockade of the Philippines, but they were all too late arriving in the Pacific. The two other ships were lost during the war, but Teapa survived to return to the banana trade. Photo Mariners Museum. Photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover.Robert Hurst
Commercial Service
812kTeapa unloading bananas at Miami, late 1940s.
US Naval Institute photo.
John Spivey

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Wilbur Rice Van Auken    Dec 18 1919 - Dec 4 1920

LCDR Walter Elliott Brown    Dec 4 1920 - May 27 1922 

LCDR Conrad Ridgely    May 27 1922 - Dec 29 1925

LCDR Emory Fitch Clement    Dec 29 1925 - Jan 1 1926

LCDR Edmund Selden Randolph Brandt    Jan 1 1926 - Nov 5 1927

CDR Charles Hamilton Maddox    Nov 5 1927 - Dec 21 1929

LCDR Chapman Coleman Todd Jr.    Dec 21 1929 - May 1 1930

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Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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