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USS S. P. LEE (DD-310)

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 December 31 1918.
Launched April 22 1919 and commissioned October 30 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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Lee 143kSamuel Phillips Lee was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, on 13 February 1812. He was appointed a Midshipman in the U.S. Navy in November 1825 and subsequently saw extensive service at sea, including combat action during the Mexican War and exploration, surveying and oceanographic duty. At the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, he was captain of the sloop of war Vandalia in the East Indies, sailing her home on his own initiative to join the blockade of the Southern coast. Commander Lee commanded the new steam sloop USS Oneida during the New Orleans campaign and subsequent operations on the Mississippi River in the first half of 1862. In September 1862, S.P. Lee was placed in command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron with the rank of Acting Rear Admiral. He led this force for over two years, during which it was responsible for the blockade of the North Carolina coast and operations on North Carolina and Virginia inland waters, all areas of very active combat between Union and Confederate forces. Acting Rear Admiral Lee transferred to the command of the Mississippi Squadron in October 1864 and led it to the end of the Civil War in 1865. Reverting to his permanent rank of Captain after the Civil War, Lee had extensive service in the Washington, D.C., area. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1870 and retired from active service in February 1873. Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee died at Silver Spring, Maryland, on 7 June 1897. Image from the “Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Officers of the Army and Navy” (1905).Bill Gonyo
Lee 111kUSS S.P. Lee (DD-310) In drydock during the early 1920s. Note the unshaded hull number painted on her bow. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Lee 65kContributor Jim Pacetti's Dad on the deck of the Lee in 1921.Jim Pacetti
Lee 67kPhoto #: NH 70866: USS S.P. Lee (DD-310) photographed circa 1923, flying the "Zero" flag at her foremast head, indicating that she was serving as "guard" ship at the time. Note the Short Range Battle Practice target rigged amidships, for pointer-trainer-check sight drill on other ships steaming in company. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Lee 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
Lee 78kPhoto #: NH 42174: Honda Point disaster, September 1923, USS S.P. Lee (DD-310) and USS Nicholas (DD-311) -- partially visible in upper left -- on the rocks at Honda Point, California, shortly after they ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Note life rafts alongside S.P. Lee. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Lee 73kPhoto #: NH 67123: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, USS S.P. Lee (DD-310) wrecked at Honda Point, California, soon after she ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Courtesy of Leonard Aquillard, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Lee 60kPhoto #: NH 42176: Honda Point disaster, September 1923, wreck of USS S.P. Lee (DD-310), just offshore at Honda Point, California, after being substantially broken up by wave action, circa late 1924. The ship's galley deckhouse is at right, and a boiler is at left. Items marked "Y" and "X" in the background are part of the wreck of USS Nicholas (DD-311). Photograph was received from the Office of Naval Intelligence, May 1930. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Lee 85kPhoto #: NH 44825: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, USS Nicholas (DD-311) wrecked at Honda Point, California, shortly after she ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Note boat at left, possibly conducting salvage operations. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1965. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Lee 71kPhoto #: NH 97985: Honda Point Disaster, September 1923, USS S.P. Lee (DD-310) and USS Nicholas (DD-311) wrecked at Honda Point. Photographed some time after 8 September 1923, when both ships went aground with five other destroyers during a foggy night. By the time this photo was taken Nicholas' bow had broken away from the rest of her hull. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Captain Washington I. Chambers, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Lee 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
Lee 91kHonda Point Disaster, September 1923, the wrecks of the USS S. P. Lee (DD0310). Copyright Bunnell Photo Shop, San Diego, CA. From the collection of CPO A. F. Meehan USN (Ret.).Pam Mayfield
Lee 135kHonda Point Disaster, September 1923, top to bottom, the wrecks of the USS Nicholas (DD-311) and USS S. P. Lee (DD-310) showing crewman from the Lee being highlined to safety. Copyright Bunnell Photo Shop, San Diego, CA. From the collection of CPO A. F. Meehan USN (Ret.).Pam Mayfield
Lee 173kUSS S.P. Lee (DD-310) and USS Nicholas (DD-311) on the rocks at Honda Point, California, shortly after they ran aground in a fog during the night of 8 September 1923. Photo courtesy of the NOAA Photo LibraryBill Gonyo
Lee 112kUSS S.P. Lee (DD-310) Being taken in tow by USS Cuyama (AO-3), circa 1923. Photographed from on board Cuyama. Courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973. From the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Lee 36kShip's clock that was salvaged off the Lee in 1923.A. Raper

USS S. P. LEE DD-310 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Truman Swasey Jr.    Oct 30 1920 - Sep 5 1921
LCDR Frank Henry Luckel    Sep 5 1921 - Jul 1922
LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson    Jul 1922 - Sep 8 1923 (Later COMO)

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