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Displacement 1,072 Tons, Dimensions, 305' 3" (oa) x 31' 2" x 10' 6" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 8 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 16,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines With Triple Expansion Cruising Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 98.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 58)
Laid down 01 May 1912
Launched 20 May 1913
Commissioned 09 August 1913
Placed in reserve at Philadelphia 18 June 1919
Reactivated 14 February 1921
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on 07 June 1922
Loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-1 07 June 1924
Returned to Navy 30 June 1933
Name dropped for new construction 01 November 1933
Stricken 05 July 1934
Fate Sold to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY, 22 August 1934 and broken up for scrap.

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Cassin 38kBorn in Philadelphia, 16 February 1783, Stephen Cassin entered the Navy as a midshipman in 1800, and served in Philadelphia in the West Indies during the latter part of the war with France. In the war of 1812, he commanded Ticonderoga in the Battle of Lake Champlain and was awarded a gold medal for bravery by Congress. Captain Cassin died in Washington, D.C., 29 August 1857.Bill Gonyo
USS Cassin (DD-43)
Cassin 34kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Cassin 54kUndated, men on the deck of the Destroyer Cassin. George Hoffman, the man in the center background, was one of the men cited for special service when the Cassin was struck by a torpedo. Double torpedo tubes are shown at the left.Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center
Cassin 131kUSS Cassin (Destroyer No. 43) date and place unknown. Photo from collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Cassin 100kPhoto #: NH 85774, USS Cummings (Destroyer No. 44) and USS Cassin (Destroyer No. 43) fitting out at the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, in 1913. Halftone reproduction, published on a color-tinted postal card. Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN(MSC), 1977. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Cassin 136kUSS Cassin (DD-43) running trials in late 1913. Naval History History and Heritage Command photo NH 55054.Mike Green
Cassin 176kOsmond K. Ingram, Gunnerís Mate 1st Class, U.S. Navy, lost his life when the Cassin was torpedoed, 16 October 1917. When he saw the German torpedo coming he realized the hit would be near the stern of the Cassin and made an effort to release the depth charge before it occurred. He was not successful and gave his life in trying to save his ship and shipmates. Ingram was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Painted by Charles B.Falls, published by A.R. Bourges, N.Y. (Property of the Bureau of Navigation) Supplement Public Ledger, Sunday, March 18, 1923 Painting commissioned by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Navigation to commemorate heroic actions in the War.
Tommy Trampp
Cassin 24kThe Cassin was struck by a torpedo, on 16 October 1917. Although badly disabled, the Cassin remained afloat, fired several shells at the submarine, and made port under her own steam.Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center
Cassin 40kA series of three views of the damage sustained 16 October 1917 from a torpedo launched by U-61. National Archives, Record Group 19-N.Tracy White
Cassin 86kAs above.Tracy White
Cassin 47kAs above.Tracy White
Cassin 204kCassin under repair at the Royal Naval Dockyard on Haulbowline Island, Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland. Naval History History and Heritage Command photo NH 55058.Mike Green
105kRPPC of Cassin (Destroyer No. 43) under repair at the Royal Naval Dockyard on Haulbowline Island, Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland.Dave Wright
Cassin 215kView from inside the hull of USS Cassin, looking aft, showing damage received when Cassin was torpedoed. Photographed while drydocked for repairs in Ireland. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 61853.Mike Green
Cassin 122kUSS Cassin (Destroyer No. 43) moored alongside another U.S. Navy destroyer, at Queenstown, Ireland, circa 1918. She is painted in "Dazzle" type camouflage. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph photo NH 795.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Cassin 184kUSS Cassin (Destroyer No. 43), circa 1918. Photo from collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Cassin 128kUSS Cassin (Destroyer No. 43) and unidentified sisters anchored in the Azores Islands about the time of the Navy's transatlantic flight attempt, 1919. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1984/041.001.002.Mike Green
Cassin 81kAs seen from the forecastle of the USS Cassin (Destroyer No. 43), a NC-4 aircraft fades into the distance in May, 1919. The Cassin was serving as a station ship for the Navy aircraft's transatlantic flight. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 19884.041.001.067.Mike Green
176kCassin (Destroyer No. 43) and a sister (possibly Parker (Destroyer No. 48) moored at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1919.
Cropped from a RPPC.
Dave Wright
USCGC Cassin (CG-1)
Cassin 137kCoast Guard destroyers Tucker (left) and Cassin (right) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green
Cassin 37kUndated image while on Coast Guard service.Paul Rebold
Cassin 64k1926, on Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, 1926. Photo from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green

USS CASSIN DD-43 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Harris L. Laning    Aug 9 1913 - Apr 28 1914 (Later ADM)

LCDR Ernest Joseph King    Apr 28 1914 - Jun 29 1914 (Later FADM)

CDR Walter Newhall Vernou    Jun 29 1914 - Dec 5 1917 (Later RADM)

CDR Abram Claude    Dec 5 1917 - Jan 20 1919

CDR Charles Conway Hartigan    Jan 20 1919 - Apr 12 1919 (Later RADM)

CDR Charles Sylvanus Kerrick    Apr 12 1919 - Apr 25 1920

LCDR Earl Ames McIntyre    Apr 25 1920 - Aug 14 1921

CDR Arthur Wesley Sears    Aug 14 1921 - Nov 23 1921

LT Clifton Enyart Denny    Nov 23 1921 - Jun 7 1922

(Decommissioned June 7 1922 - Nov 1926)     

Under Coast Guard command

LCDR Frederick August Zeusler (USCG)    Nov 1926 - Sep 1927 (Later RADM)

LCDR Wilfred Neville Derby (USCG)    Sep 1927 - Nov 1930 (Later VADM)

LCDR Merlin O'Neill (USCG)    1932 - Jun 1933 (Later VADM)

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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