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Displacement 700 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 26' 5" x 10' 7" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 10,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 28 Knots, Crew 89.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden. on April 28 1908.
Launched July 14 1909 and commissioned December 24 1909.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia July 7 1919.
Stricken September 15 1919.
Fate Sold November 21 1919 to T. A. Scott Co., New London and broken up for scrap.

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Preston 69kSamuel W. Preston, born in Canada, 6 April 1840, was appointed Midshipman from the state of Illinois 4 October 1858. Graduating first in his class, 9 May 1861, he was appointed Acting Master, 4 October 1861 and Lieutenant 1 August 1862. From 1861 to 1863 he served on various vessels attached to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Captured by Confederate forces during an attack on Fort Sumter 8 September 1863, he was taken to Libby Prison and exchanged in the fall of 1864. Ordered to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as Flag-Lieutenant to Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, he participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher 2425 December 1864 and 13 January 1865. He was killed while leading his men against the fort on the latter date. Photo #: NH 47236. Acting Master Samuel W. Preston, USN (1840-1865) photographed circa 1861-1862. The original print was mounted on a Carte de Visite. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Preston 80kUSS Preston (Destroyer # 19) underway in 1912. Photographed by C.E. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Preston 63kPhoto #: NH 99266 Fine screen halftone reproduction of a photograph of Preston running builder's trials, circa late 1909. Copied from "The New Navy of the United States", by N.L. Stebbins, (New York, 1912). Donation of David Shadell, 1987. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Preston 102kPhoto #: NH 44198 At anchor soon after completion, circa 1910, with crewmen engaged in aiming practice with her forward gun. Note that Preston still retains her original low smokestacks. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Tony DiGiulian
Preston 132kUSS Preston (Destroyer # 19) with several other destroyers in the Philadelphia Navy Yard's Reserve Basin, circa spring 1919. Taken by Keystone Photo Studios, 817 So. Broad St., Philadelphia. Collection of Eugene Bennett, donated by his daughter, Jene B. Hart, September 1988. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR George Calvin Day    Dec 21 1909 - Nov 26 1910 (Later RADM)
LCDR David French Boyd Jr.    Nov 26 1910 - Oct 11 1912
LT Herbert Fairfax Leary    Oct 11 1912 - Mar 15 1913 (Later VADM)
ENS David Hunt Stuart    Mar 15 1913 - May 14 1914
LT Reuben Burton Coffey    May 14 1914 - Dec 9 1914
LTJG James Gillespie Blaine Gromer    Dec 9 1914 - May 8 1916
LTJG Cary Walthall Magruder    May 8 1916 - Sep 19 1916
ENS David Hunt Stuart    Sep 19 1916 - Mar 22 1917
LCDR John Howard Wellbrook    Mar 22 1917 - Feb 24 1919
LTJG William Oliver Kenney    Feb 24 1919 - May 24 1919
LT James Potter Brown    May 24 1919 - Jul 17 1919

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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