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Sproston (DM 13)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Vice - Tare

Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 20 April 1918 at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Launched 10 August 1918
  • Commissioned USS Sproston, Destroyer No. 173, 12 July 1919
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-13, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 15 August 1922 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Pearl Harbor, TH
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 December 1936
  • Sunk as a target 20 July 1937.


  • Displacement 1,191 t.
    1921 - 1180 t.
  • Length 314' 4½"
  • Beam 30' 11¼"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 34 kts.
    1921 - 35.57 kts.
  • Complement 103
    1921 - 122
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, two 1-pounders, one depth charge projector and two depth charge tracks
    1921 - Two 1-pounders replaced by one 3"/23 mount
  • Propulsion: Four White-Foster boilers, two 12,100shp Parsons turbines, two shafts
    1921 - Four Yarrow boilers and two 28,170shp Curtis geared turbines, two shafts.

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    Sproston 105k Underway, circa 1919-1920
    U.S. Navy photo NH 76070
    Naval History and Heritage Command

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