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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
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden on June 27 1912.
Launched November 8 1913 and commissioned February 11 1915.
Downes completed her shakedown and was placed into reserve at
Philadelphia on October 4 1915 until May 26 1917 when she was reactivated.
Downes was decommissioned at Philadelphia June 6 1922 and berthed
with the reserve fleet until loaned to the Coast Guard As CG-4 on
April 28 1924 and was returned May 2 1931.Downes lost her name to
new construction July 1 1933.
Stricken July 5 1934.
Fate Sold to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY August 22 1934 and broken up for scrap.

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Downes 113kJohn Downes was born in 1786 in Canton, Massachusetts. He served as acting midshipman from 9 September 1800 and was appointed midshipman on 1 June 1802. He rendered distinguished service during the War with Tripoli in 1804, in the frigate Congress, and was executive officer for Captain David Porter in Essex during the War of 1812. He commanded Epervier, Guerriere, Ontario and Independence, and the Boston Navy Yard, and was Commodore of the Pacific and Mediterranean Squadrons. Captain Downes died at Charlestown, Massachusetts on 11 August 1854. Photo of John Downes (DD-45, DD-375) - Commandant Boston Navy Yard, Mar. 16, 1835-June 1, 1842; Mar. 19, 1849-May 19, 1852 (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7095)Robert M. Cieri/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Downes 141kUSS Downes (DD-45) underway in 1915 undergoing sea trials. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.Bill Gonyo
Downes 117kNewspaper "Evening Ledger" photo of the USS Beale (DD-40) and USS Downes (DD-45) at Philadelphia Navy Yard dated February 3 1917.Mike Mohl
Downes 186kWorld War I photo, location unknown, from collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Downes 92kUSS Downes (DD-45), at left, and USS Benham (DD-49) at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 5 March 1921. Photograph by Crosby, Portsmouth, Virginia.Robert Hurst
Downes 46k1918 escorting USS Leviathan. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Downes 168kUSS Downes (Destroyer # 45), Moored at Queenstown, Ireland in 1918. She is painted in "Dazzle" type camouflage. USS Stockton (Destroyer # 73) -- with three tall smokestacks -- is moored alongside Downes, with two other destroyers in the nest further to starboard. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 54555.Robert Hurst
Downes 147kAbout 1919, newly returned to peacetime status, but retaining the wartime angled bridge front with its windows above (for North Atlantic operations) and the life raft support framework aft. Photo from collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum. Info from U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Downes 23kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green
Downes 175k1928 photo of United States Coast Guard destroyers moored at New London, Connecticut. All are former US Navy destroyers loaned to the Coast Guard for Prohibition Service. Shown here are the Trippe (CG-20/DD-33), Wainwright (CG-24/DD-62), Downes (CG-4/DD-45), Beale (CG-9/DD-40) and Abel P. Upshur (CG-15/DD-193). Source: National Aviation Museum Collection, Photo No. 2009.006.001.Mike Green

USS DOWNES DD-45 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Alfred Wilkinson Johnson    Feb 11 1915 - Jul 19 1915 (Later VADM)
LT Cary Walthall Magruder    Jul 19 1915 - Mar 15 1916
LTJG Joseph Franklin Crowell Jr.    Mar 15 1916 - Apr 15 1916
LTJG Harold Russell Keller    Apr 15 1916 - Jun 1918
LCDR Allen Buchanan    Jun 1918 - Aug 15 1918
CDR Alexander Sharp    Aug 15 1918 - May 24 1919 (Later RADM)
LCDR Scott Douglas McCaughey    May 24 1919 - Aug 15 1921
LCDR Thomas Shore McCloy    Aug 15 1921 - Jun 6 1922
Under Coast Guard command
CDR Fred A. Nichols (USCG)    Jun 1926 - Oct 1927 (Later RADM)
LCDR Roger Clarence Heimer (USCG)    1928 - 1929 (Later RADM)
LCDR Edward Hanson (Iceberg) Smith (USCG)    ? (Later RADM)    
LCDR Roger Clarence Heimer (USCG)    1929 - 1929 (Later RADM)

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

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