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USS CHAUNCEY (Destroyer No. 3)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NDF

Displacement 420 Tons, Dimensions, 250' (oa) x 23' 7" x 9' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 x 3"/50, 5 x 6pdr, 2 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 8,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29 Knots, Crew 75.
Operational and Building Data
Builder, Neafie & Levy, Philadelphia.
Laid down December 2 1899.
Launched October 26 1901 and commissioned November 20 1902.
Decommissioned at Cavite on December 3 1905 recommissioned on January 12 1907.
Fate Chauncey was sunk in collision with British cargo ship SS Rose 110 miles west of Gibraltar November 19 1917.
Stricken December 17 1917.
21 members of her crew went down with Chauncey,
including her Captain. 70 men were picked up and taken to port.

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Chauncey 58kIsaac Chauncey, born in Black Rock, Connecticut, 20 February 1779, was appointed a Lieutenant in the Navy from 17 September 1798. He fought with gallantry in the West Indies during the Quasi-War with France; in the Mediterranean during the War with the Barbary Powers; and commanded John Adams (1804-5), Hornet (1805-6), Washington and the Mediterranean Squadron (1815-1820). Perhaps his most outstanding service was during the War of 1812 when he commanded the naval forces on Lake Ontario, conducting amphibious operations in cooperation with the Army, and containing the large British squadron stationed there. His last service was as member, and, for 4 years, President, of the Board of Navy Commissioners. Commodore Chauncey died in Washington 27 January 1840. Photo #: KN-10889. Commodore Isaac Chauncey, USN (1772-1840)oil on wood, 26" by 21.5", by Gilbert Stuart (1775-1828). Painted circa 1818. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Chauncey 99kCrew members of the USS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3). Possibly taken in the Philippines in the early 1900's. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Chauncey 78kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) taking on coal at sea off Ferro, Canary Islands, during the First Torpedo Flotilla's voyage from the Atlantic Coast to the Philippines by way of the Suez Canal, late 1903 or early 1904. Chauncey had run out of coal, necessitating this refueling at sea. The coal was carried in boats from USS Buffalo, which escorted the Flotilla on its cruise. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 61544-A.Paul Rebold
Chauncey 27kCirca 1903-1907Ed Sere
Chauncey 90kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) Photographed circa late 1903, just before starting her cruise from Hampton Roads, Virginia, to Manila, Philippine Islands, with the First Torpedo Flotilla, under the command of Lieutenant Lloyd H. Chandler. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 55092.Fred Weiss
Chauncey 51kUSS Dale (Destroyer No. 4) in the foreground and the USS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) in the left distance. The photograph taken from the bridge of the USS Decatur (Destroyer No. 5) by Machinist's Mate May, during the First Torpdo Boat Flotilla's transit of the Mediterranean Sea, en route to the Philippine Islands by way of the Suez Canal, circa late 1903 or early 1904. The air was filled with red dust from the desert (USN). Robert Hurst
Chauncey 122kThe First Torpedo Flotilla steaming in close formation off Chefoo, China, in 1905, while under the command of Lieutenant Dudley W. Knox. Ships present are (as numbered): 1 USS Decatur (Destroyer No. 5); 2 USS Dale (Destroyer No. 4); 3 USS Barry (Destroyer No. 2); 4 USS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) and 4 USS Bainbridge (Destroyer No. 1). Donation of Mrs J.R.Kean. 1938.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH-52102, Courtesy of Captain Dudley W.Knox, USN (Retired).
Robert Hurst
Chauncey 60kThe First Torpedo Flotilla forming a 'wedge' formation while steaming off Chefoo, China, during the summer of 1905. Photographed from USS Dale (Destroyer No. 4). The other ships present are (as numbered): 1 USS Decatur (Destroyer No. 5), 2 USS Barry (Destroyer No. 2); USS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) and 4 USS Bainbridge (Destroyer No. 1). The Flotilla was commanded by Lieutenant Dudley W. Knox. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 42103, Donation by Mrs. J.R.Kean, 1938. Courtesy of Captain Dudley W. Knox, USN (Retired).Robert Hurst
Chauncey 74kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) Photographed prior to World War I. Naval History & Heritage COmmand photo NH 55093Joe Radigan
Chauncey 115kUSS Chauncey in the "Dewey" floating drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 73124, Donation of Mr. F.M. Deats, 1963.-
Chauncey 81kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) stern view, taken in the "Dewey" floating drydock, Olongapo Naval Station, Philippine Islands, circa 1910. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 73125, Donation of Mr. F.M. Deats, 1963.Paul Rebold
Chauncey 82kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) and USS Barry (Destroyer No. 2) anchored in Philippine waters, circa 1914-1916. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 88584, Collection of C.A. Shively.Fred Weiss
Chauncey 52kUSS Dale and the USS Chauncey underway in Philippine waters, en route to Cebu, circa 1914-1916. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 88586.Robert Hurst
Chauncey 106kA Bainbridge Class destroyer coaling from the beach in the Philippine Islands. This destroyer is either USS Bainbridge (Destroyer No. 1), USS Barry (Destroyer No. 2) or USS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3). The donor's original caption, which incorrectly indentifies the ship as USS Decatur (Destroyer No. 5), reads "coaling from the beach near Zamboanga, P.I. 1916. Mooring Lines are tied to old stock anchors on the beach. The coal was carried aboard in baskets on a pole by two natives. This was Pocahontas coal from West Va. The rest of the Asiatic fleet used Japanese coal". Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54426, courtesy Naval Historical Foundation, Fred Iverson Collection.Robert Hurst
Chauncey 101kReal photo postcard of USS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) survivors, presumably aboard SS Rose. The back of the postcard reads: "This picture was taken aboard the ship that picked us up. Here are the lucky ones. -Jack" Mary Marconi
Chauncey 97kUSS Chauncey (Destroyer No. 3) memorial tablet erected by the officers and men of Destroyer Squadron Fifteen in memory of the three officers and eighteen enlisted crewmen lost with Chauncey on 19 November 1917. The tablet was placed on Gun Wharf at Gibraltar just after the war. In November 2014, it, along with a tablet commerating the loss of USS Tampa, was refurbished and moved to the American War Memorial in Gibraltar. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 42003. Bill Gonyo

USS CHAUNCEY (Destroyer No. 3) History
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Commanding Officers
01LT Stanford Elwood Moses (USNA 1892)21 February 1903 - 21 August 1903
02ENS Samuel Brown Thomas (USNA 1899)21 August 1903 - 06 September 1903
03LT Stanford Elwood Moses (USNA 1892)06 September 1903 - 14 May 1904
04ENS Samuel Brown Thomas (USNA 1899)14 May 1904 - 26 July 1904
05LT Earl Percy Jessop (USNA 1896)26 July 1904 - 26 June 1905
06ENS Joseph Rollie Defrees (USNA 1900)26 June 1905 - 03 December 1905
 Decommissioned03 December 1905 - 12 January 1907
07MACH Fred Walter Cobb USN12 January 1907 - 19 January 1907
08LT Frank Robert McCrary (USNA 1901)19 January 1907 - 20 July 1908
09LT James Harvey Tomb (USNA 1899)20 July 1908 - 10 June 1909
10ENS Laurance North McNair (USNA 1905)09 June 1909 - 11 September 1911
11ENS John Craig Cunningham (USNA 1908)11 September 1911 - 31 March 1912
12LT Frank Jack Fletcher (USNA 1912)31 March 1912 - 11 September 1912
13ENS John Craig Cunningham (USNA 1908)11 September 1912 - 12 October 1912
14ENS Eugene Morris Woodson (USNA 1909)12 October 1912 - 22 October 1912
15LT(jg) Richard Hill (USNA 1907)22 October 1912 - 31 January 1913
16ENS Eugene Morris Woodson (USNA 1909)31 January 1913 - 24 January 1914
17LT(jg) John Calvin Jennings (USNA 1908)24 January 1914 - 22 December 1915
18LT George Hall Bowdey (USNA 1907)22 December 1915 - 09 May 1916
19LT Walter Elsworth Reno (USNA 1905)09 May 1916 - 19 November 1917✝

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