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USS CONVERSE (DD-291)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAPM

CLASS - BELKNAP 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 August 13 1919.
Launched November 28 1919 and commissioned April 28 1920.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken October 22 1930.
Fate Sold January 17 1931 and Broken up for scrap.

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Converse 96kBorn 13 May 1844 in Norwich, Vt., where he also attended Norwich University and was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. George Albert Converse was appointed midshipman 29 November 1861. He was a pioneer in the use of electricity on board men-of-war, in experimentation with and introduction of smokeless powder in the Navy, and in development of torpedo boats. In command of Montgomery from 1897 to 1899 he took an active part in operations off the coast of Cuba with Admiral Sampson's squadron during the Spanish-American War. He was promoted to Rear Admiral on 21 Oct. 1903 serving successively as Chief of the Bureaus of Equipment, Ordnance, and Navigation, continuing as Chief of the latter Bureau for a year after his retirement in 1906. He died in Washington, D.C., 29 March 1909. Rear Admiral Converse was considered of the ablest officers in the Navy as well as known as an expert on ordnance, especially regarding torpedoes. In 1904, when only the first sixteen “torpedo boat destroyers” were in commission, President Theodore Roosevelt ordered the Navy to convene a board under his leadership to "consider the type and qualities of torpedo vessels and their machinery." The board developed a functional description for future destroyers, which first applied in the design of the Smith and Paulding-class "flivvers" of fiscal years 1907-1911. Rear Admiral Converse was buried in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. U.S. Navy PhotographBill Gonyo
Converse 150kUSN Photo C-R 10974, date unknown.Joe Radigan
Converse 149kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Converse 185kDelaware River on 2 May 1927, returning from a trial of her experimental Flettner rudder. Note the rudder's large mechanism on the main deck at the stern. Photographed Replogle, Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania.Paul Rebold/Robert Hurst

USS CONVERSE DD-291 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Ewart Gladstone Haas    Apr 28 1920 - ?
LT Charles Godwin Moore Jr.    Aug 1920 - Mar 10 1923
CDR Allen Bevins Reed    Mar 10 1923 - ?
LCDR Archibald McGlasson    Aug 17 1923 - Jun 8 1926
LT Herman Judd Redfield    Jun 8 1926 - Aug 8 1926
LCDR Wells Eldredge Goodhue    Aug 8 1926 - ?
LCDR Julian Burton Timberlake Jr.    Jun 1 1929 - 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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