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USS WOODBURY (DD-309)

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 Steel, San Francisco October 3 1918.
Launched February 6 1919 and commissioned October 20 1920.
Wrecked on Honda Point Calif. September 8 1923.
Stricken November 20 1923.
Fate Wreck sold to Robert H. Smith of Oakland, California for $147.86 on October 29 1925.

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Woodbury 81kLevi Woodbury was born in Francestown, N.H., on 22 December 1789 and graduated from Dartmouth College at Hanover, N.H., in 1809. He studied law in offices in Litchfield, Conn.; Boston, Mass.; and Exeter, N.H., before being admitted to the New Hampshire bar in 1812. He practiced law in Francestown until 1816 when he received an appointment to the New Hampshire bench as judge of the superior court. In 1819, while still a New Hampshire judge, he moved his residence to Portsmouth. In 1822, he gave up his judgeship in a successful bid for the governorship of New Hampshire in which office he served until 1824. After a term in the lower house of the state legislature, he was elected to the United States Senate for the term beginning on 4 March 1825. At the conclusion of that term in 1831, he declined a nomination to the New Hampshire state senate to remain active in national politics. In May 1831, Wood-bury accepted the post of Secretary of the Navy in President Andrew Jackson's cabinet. Well suited to the office by virtue of service on the Senate naval committee, Woodbury revised the rules of conduct and procedure within the nation's naval establishment. Woodbury held his office as Secretary of the Navy until 30 June 1834 at which time he assumed the duties of the Secretary of the Treasury. In that role, he opposed the rechartering of the United States Bank and supported Jackson's fiscal policy. He liked the independent treasury and hard currency and warned against the danger of inflation in 1836. During the Panic of 1837, he devised a scheme whereby those who held Federal obligations suffered no loss as a result of the depreciated paper currency. When the new administration assumed the reins of power, Woodbury gave up his duties as Secretary of the Treasury. Again declining a proffered state office— that of Chief Justice of the superior court of New Hampshire—in favor of national political office, he won another term in the United States Senate. Woodbury took his seat in the Senate on 4 March 1841 and served until 20 November 1845 at which time he resigned to accept a seat on the United States Supreme Court vacated by the death of Joseph Story. He served on the Supreme Court until his death at Portsmouth, N.H., on 4 September 1851. Photo #: NH 54638-A-KN. Levi Woodbury (1789-1851), Secretary of the Navy, 23 May 1831 - 30 June 1834 portrait in oils by E.F. Andrews. Courtesy of the U.S. Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Woodbury 68kPhoto #: NH 66723: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923 , aerial view of the disaster area, showing the seven destroyers that ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships are: USS Nicholas (DD-311), in the left center; USS S.P. Lee (DD-310), astern of Nicholas; USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in small cove (center); USS Young (DD-312), capsized in the center of the view; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the center; and USS Fuller (DD-297), closest to the camera. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.USN courtesy of Joe Radigan
Woodbury 67kPhoto #: NH 95680: USS Woodbury (DD-309) steaming off San Diego, California, circa 1923. Photographed by O.W. Waterman. Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1985. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 144kAerial view of the Honda Point disaster area September 8, 1923, showing all seven destroyers that ran aground on Honda Point during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships are: USS Nicholas (DD-311), in the upper left; USS S.P. Lee (DD-310), astern of Nicholas; USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in the left center; USS Young (DD-312), capsized in the center of the view; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the center; and USS Fuller (DD-297), in the lower center. The Southern Pacific Railway's Honda Station is in the upper left. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 71kPhoto #: NH 86413: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, wrecked destroyers on Honda Point, California, soon after the night of 8 September 1923, when they went ashore in a heavy fog. In the foreground is USS Delphy (DD-261), which has broken in two, with her forward section capsized to port. USS Young (DD-312) is capsized to starboard, astern of Delphy. In the distance is USS Woodbury (DD-309), heeled to port with her bow near a small rock island, with USS Fuller (DD-297) faintly visible beyond her. Collection of Edward C. Knapp, Sr., courtesy of John E. Knapp, 1978. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 60kPhoto #: NH 42173: Honda Point disaster, September 1923, ships of Destroyer Squadron Eleven wrecked on the California coast, near the northern entrance of the Santa Barbara Channel, shortly after they ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. The stern of USS Delphy (DD-261) is in the right foreground. At left is USS Chauncey (DD-296). Beyond her stern is the capsized USS Young (DD-312). USS Woodbury (DD-309) is on the rocks in the upper right, with USS Fuller (DD-297) partially visible behind her. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 102kPhoto #: NH 66720: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the southern part of the disaster area, showing four of the seven destroyers that ran aground on Honda Point during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships visible are USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in the lower left; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright beyond Delphy; USS Young (DD-312), capsized aft of Chauncey; and USS Woodbury (DD-309) at right. Point Arguello lighthouse is in the center distance. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 86kPhoto #: NH 84819: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, wrecked destroyers on Honda Point, California, soon after the night of 8 September 1923, when they went ashore in a fog. In the foreground is USS Delphy (DD-261), which has broken in two, with her forward section capsized to port. At left, behind the rocky outcropping, is the stern of USS Chauncey (DD-296). USS Young (DD-312) is capsized to starboard, astern of Chauncey. In the distance is USS Woodbury (DD-309), heeled to port with her bow near a small rock island, with USS Fuller (DD-297) beyond her. Photograph by Aston. Donation of Captain George M. Grening, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 59kPhoto #: NH 42172: Honda Point disaster, September 1923, ships of Destroyer Squadron Eleven wrecked on the California coast, near the northern entrance of the Santa Barbara Channel, shortly after they ran aground in the fog during the night of 8 September 1923. USS Delphy (DD-261) is in the foreground, capsized. Beyond her, also capsized, is USS Young (DD-312). USS Woodbury (DD-309) is on the rocks in the middle distance, with USS Fuller (DD-297) partially visible beyond her. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 107kPhoto #: NH 69586: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the disaster area, looking westward, seen from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). USS Fuller (DD-297) is in the center, with her bow toward the camera. Nearer, and listing to port, is USS Woodbury (DD-309). Note the oil in the water from these two ships, and from others that were wrecked at the same time. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 84kPhoto #: NH 66722: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the southern part of the disaster area, showing five of the seven destroyers that ran aground on Honda Point during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships visible are: USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in the small cove at left; USS Young (DD-312), capsized in left center; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the right center; and USS Fuller (DD-297) on the rocks at right. The Southern Pacific Railway's Honda Station is in the upper middle. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 99kPhoto #: NH 66723: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, aerial view of the disaster area, showing the seven destroyers that ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Photographed from a plane assigned to USS Aroostook (CM-3). Ships are: USS Nicholas (DD-311), in the left center; USS S.P. Lee (DD-310), astern of Nicholas; USS Delphy (DD-261), capsized in small cove (center); USS Young (DD-312), capsized in the center of the view; USS Chauncey (DD-296), upright ahead of Young; USS Woodbury (DD-309) on the rocks in the center; and USS Fuller (DD-297), closest to the camera. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 84kPhoto #: NH 84821: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, wrecked destroyers on Honda Point, California, soon after the night of 8 September 1923, when they went ashore in a fog. In the foreground is USS Chauncey (DD-296), with life rafts in the water alongside. USS Young (DD-312) is capsized astern of Chauncey. In the distance is USS Woodbury (DD-309), heeled to port with her bow near a small rock island. USS Fuller (DD-297) is barely visible behind that island. Photograph by Aston. Donation of Captain George M. Grening, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 77kPhoto #: NH 97982: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, wreck of USS Chauncey (DD-296) near shore, during salvage operations some time after 8 September 1923, when she went aground on Honda Point with six other destroyers. Sheer legs are rigged atop her galley deckhouse to assist in removing items from the ship. Her midships 4"/50 guns have already been sent ashore. The wreck of USS Woodbury (DD-309) is in the middle distance. Photographed by Sever. Collection of Lieutenant Kelly Green. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Woodbury 146kHonda Point Disaster, September 1923, from top to bottom the wrecks of the USS Fuller (DD-297), USS Woodbury (DD-309), USS Young (DD-312) and USS Chauncey (DD-296). Copyright Bunnell Photo Shop, San Diego, CA. From the collection of CPO A. F. Meehan USN (Ret.).Pam Mayfield
Woodbury 129kHonda Point Disaster, September 1923, from top to bottom the wrecks of the USS Woodbury (DD-309) and USS Chauncey (DD-296). Copyright Bunnell Photo Shop, San Diego, CA. From the collection of CPO A. F. Meehan USN (Ret.).Pam Mayfield
Woodbury 60kHonda Point Disaster, September 1923.Robert M. Cieri
Woodbury 117kUSS Chauncey (DD-296) in the foreground, with USS Young (DD-312) capsized astern. USS Woodbury (DD-309) in the centre distance, with USS Fuller (DD-297) faintly visible behind her. Note the people on the rocky point at right. photographed by Aston. Donation of Captain George M. Grening, USN (Retired) Photo No NH 84822.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Frank Loper Lowe    Oct 20 1920 - Sep 26 1921 (Later VADM)
CDR Louis Poisson Davis    Sep 26 1921 - Dec 12 1921
LCDR John Calvin Jennings    Dec 12 1921 - Oct 26 1922
CDR William Edgar Eberle    Oct 26 1922 - Sep 8 1923

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