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USS DRAYTON (DD-23)


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CLASS - PAULDING As Built.
Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 6 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 86.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 53)
Laid down 19 August 1909
Launched 22 August 1910
Commissioned 29 October 1910
Decommissioned at Philadelphia November 1919
Name dropped 01 July 1933
Stricken 08 March 1935
Fate Sold 28 June 1935 and broken up for scrap.

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Drayton 97kPercival Drayton, born 25 August 1812 in Charleston, S.C., was appointed a Midshipman 1 December 1827. During the Civil War, he commanded Pocahontas in the expedition against Port Royal, S.C., in October 1861. As Fleet Captain of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Drayton served gallantly in command of Admiral D. G. Farragut's flagship Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. He was appointed Chief of the Bureau of Navigation in April 1865 and died in that post 4 August 1865. Photo #: NH 50435. Captain Percival Drayton, USN portrait photograph, taken circa 1864-1865. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
USS Drayton (Destroyer No. 23 / DD-23)
Drayton 63kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Drayton 42kUndated, location unknown. Photo by Muller in Jane's Fighting Ships 1914.Robert Hurst
Drayton 77kLaunching at Bath, ME, 22 August 1910.Richard Leonhardt
Drayton 104kPhoto #: NH 54567 USS Drayton running builder's trials in 1910, prior to installation of her armament. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 79kPhoto #: NH 99398 Fine screen halftone reproduction of a photograph of Drayton making 28.92 knots during builder's trials, 1910. 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
Drayton 70kPhoto #: NH 99255, USS Drayton (Destroyer # 23) underway in 1912. Photographed by O.W. Waterman, Hampton, Virginia. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Drayton 67kPhoto #: NH 564 USS Drayton photographed prior to World War I, probably in New York Harbor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 64kPhoto #: NH 103932, USS Drayton (Destroyer # 23) damage to the ship's bow, after a collision with USS Aylwin (Destroyer # 47), circa 1916-1917 or 1919. The original image was printed on postal card stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Drayton 75kU.S. Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1916-1917. Second section from left (of six) of a panoramic photograph taken from the Naval Station radio tower. Among the ships present are: battleships South Carolina and Michigan (toward the left, in no particular order); destroyers Drayton (left center) and Aylwin (center, middle distance); and a battleship that is either Wyoming or Arkansas (right foreground).Robert Hurst
Drayton 10kStarboard side, camouflaged, Queenstown, Ireland, 1918. Note the unusual camouflage pattern.USN
Drayton 89kPhoto #: NH 99404 USS Drayton underway in western French waters, seen from on board another ship, 1918. Note Drayton's pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 72kPhoto #: NH 99400 USS Drayton at the Boston Navy Yard, Massachusetts, 11 February 1919. Photographed by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, # 11 Portland Street, Boston. Note Drayton's damaged stem, and the masts of USS Constitution in the left background. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Drayton 72kR-26 (SS-103) getting ready to submerge at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, September 22, 1923. Among the decommissioned ships nested to the left is the destroyer Drayton (DD-23). Cropped version of US Navy photo # 19-N-10578.Daniel Dunham

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Commanding Officers
01LCDR Henry Charles Dinger (USNA 1898)29 October 1910 - 14 October 1912
02LT William Dillworth Puleston (USNA 1902)14 October 1912 - 12 August 1913
03LCDR Charles Seymour Freeman (USNA 1902)12 August 1913 - 06 June 1915
04LCDR David Worth Bagley, Sr. (USNA 1904)06 June 1915 - 12 December 1917
05LCDR George Nathan Barker (USNA 1907)12 December 1917 - 15 April 1918
06LCDR Charles Corwin Ross (USNA 1908)15 April 1918 - 04 November 1918
07LCDR Emory Percival Eldredge (USNA 1912)04 November 1918 - 21 January 1919
08LCDR Charles Johnes Moore (USNA 1910)21 January 1919 - 12 April 1919
09LCDR Calvin Hayes Cobb (USNA 1911)12 April 1919 - 19 June 1919
10LT Philip Van Horn Weems (USNA 1912)19 June 1919 - 17 November 1919

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