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USS BENHAM (DD-49)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIJ

CLASS - AYLWIN (Classified As A New Class, They Were Repeat CASSINs) As Built.
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 William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA (YN 385)
Laid down 14 March 1912
Launched 22 March 1913
Commissioned 20 January 1914
Decommissioned 07 July 1922
Stricken 08 March 1935
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1935

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Benham 100kAndrew Ellicot Kennedy Benham was born on 10 April 1832 on Staten Island, N.Y. He was appointed a midshipman on 24 November 1847 and served in the East Indies Squadron on board the sloop of war Plymouth in 1847 and 1848 and on board the brig Dolphin in 1849 and 1850. In the latter warship, he participated in the capture of a pirate Chinese junk near Macao, China. During this action, he received a pike wound in the thigh. After another tour of duty in Plymouth followed by one in the frigate Saranac, Benham attended the Naval Academy in 1852 and early 1853. On 10 June 1853, he was promoted to passed midshipman. From mid 1853 to early 1857, he served in the sloop of war St. Mary's on the Pacific Station. On 16 September 1855, while still in St. Mary's, Benham was commissioned a lieutenant. He next served a tour of duty with the Coast Survey late in 1857 and early in 1858. Later that year, he was transferred to the steamer Western Port assigned to the expedition sent to Paraguay to extract an apology for shooting at the gunboat Water Witch. In 1860, he moved to the steamer Crusader in the Home Squadron. After the Civil War broke out, Lt. Benham served on board the steamer Bienville in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and, in her, took part in the capture of Port Royal, S.C., on 7 November 1861. On the date that rank was established, 16 July 1862, Benham was promoted to lieutenant commander. Following brief service in Sacramento in 1863, he assumed command of the gunboat Penobscot and served in her through the end of the Civil War, patrolling the Texas coast as part of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Upon the return of peace, he served at the New York Navy Yard from 1866 to 1870, but for a stint of duty in Susquehanna in 1867. Following duty as a lighthouse inspector in 1870 and 1871, Benham commanded first Canonicus and then Saugus, both on the North Atlantic Station and returned to lighthouse inspecting in 1874. After commanding Richmond on the Asiatic Station between 1878 and 1881, he went to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard. The years 1885 and 1886 brought him his third tour of duty as lighthouse inspector. Following a tour of duty at League Island, Pa., in 1888, he became commandant of the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1889. While there he became Rear Admiral Benham in February 1890 and continued at that post until June of 1891. At the end of a year waiting for orders, he assumed command of the South Atlantic Station in June 1892. However, Rear Admiral Benham was soon transferred to command the North Atlantic Station, flying his flag in San Francisco (Cruiser No. 1). When Admiral Custodio de Mello launched his naval revolt in Rio de Janeiro in late 1893, Rear Admiral Benham commanded the American naval units sent there to protect American citizens and interests. Retired from the Navy on 10 April 1894, Rear Admiral Benham died on 11 August 1905 at Lake Mahopac, N.Y. Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
USS Benham (DD-49)
Benham 147kUSS Benham (DD-49), painted in peacetime dark Atlantic Fleet grey, taking her place in a fleet review, with the heavy ships of the U.S. fleet in the background, undated and location unkown. Photo U.S. Navy from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of The World" by Bernard Ireland.Robert Hurst
Benham 67kUndated stereograph, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Benham 73kUndated, location unknown. From http://www.naval-history.net/Robert Hurst
Benham 43kUndated, location unknown. From http://www.naval-history.net/Robert Hurst
Benham 47kUndated, location unknown. From http://www.naval-history.net/Robert Hurst
Benham 257kUSS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) making 31.774 knots during sea trials, 16 December 1913.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 56376
Tony Cowart
Benham 69kAdvertisement in the Army and Navy Register, dated 24 February 1917.Ron Reeves
Benham 171kWith her stern nearly awash, USS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) lies tied up next to destroyer tender USS Melville at Queenstown, Ireland. Benham and minesweeping sloop HMS Zinnia collided in fog on August 21, 1917. Badly damaged, Benham was towed to Queenstown by Zinnia.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1985.055.001.045
Mike Green
Benham 408kUSS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) in port with her main deck nearly awash, after she was rammed by HMS Zinnia during World War I. She is tied up between USS Ericsson (Destroyer No. 56), at right, and another ship.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 56378, collection of Lieutenant Commander Philip W. Yeatman, USN (Retired).
Tony Cowart/Frances Eickbusch Doane
Benham 370kUSS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) in port with her main deck nearly awash, after a collision with HMS Zinnia during World War I. She is tied up between USS Ericsson (Destroyer No. 56), at right, and another ship.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 103746, collection of Lieutenant Commander Philip W. Yeatman, USN (Retired).
Tony Cowart
Benham 90kCrew of the Benham pose with thier damaged vessel after collision, 1918. From the Mike Corwith Special Feature.Mike Corwith
Benham 59kThe side of USS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) in Brest, France, in 1918 after she had been rammed by USS Jarvis (Destroyer No. 38). From http://www.naval-history.net/Robert Hurst
Benham 49kAs above.Robert Hurst
Benham 409kUSS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) leaving Brest harbor, France, to take escort position, 22 October 1918. USS Lamson (Destroyer No. 18) is in the left center distance. Note the pattern camouflage worn by both destroyers.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 56377
Fred Weiss
Benham 103kUSS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) seen from astern while in a European harbour, 1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage. The original photograph is printed on post card ("AZO") stock.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 105870, donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2008
Robert Hurst
Benham 41kCirca 1920, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Benham 164kCirca 1920's, location unknown. Inscription says she is on fire but it's obvious she is actually "making smoke."Alan Butler
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106kUSS Benham (DD-49) recovering a Ford auto with her anchor, circa 1920. Original photo was a RPPC postcard.Dave Wright
Benham 62kUSS Downes (DD-45), at left, and USS Benham (DD-49) moored at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 05 March 1921.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 104056, original photograph by Crosby, Portsmouth, Virginia. Donation of Portamouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970.
Robert Hurst
Benham 82kUSS Benham (DD-49) "leaving port", off the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 15 March 1921.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 103745, panoramic photograph by Crosby, 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970.
Tony Cowart
Benham 100kUSS Benham (DD-49), with ship's officers and crew posed on her after deck, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 12 March 1921.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 104057, panoramic photograph by Crosby, 324 First Street, Portsmouth, Virginia. Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970.
Robert Hurst

USS BENHAM DD-49 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


LCDR Charles Russell Train    Jan 20 1914 - Jun 1914 (Later RADM)

LT Alfred Wilkinson Johnson    Jun 1914 - Aug 1914 (Later VADM)

LT Earl Percy Jessop    Aug 1914 - Dec 15 1914

LCDR Jesse Bishop Gay    Dec 15 1914 - Jul 10 1917

LCDR William Frederick (Bull) Halsey Jr.    Jul 10 1917 - May 11 1918 (Later FADM)

CDR Frank Jack Fletcher    May 11 1918 - Aug 25 1918 (Later ADM)

CDR Alfred Walton Atkins    Aug 25 1918 - Oct 17 1918 

CDR Pierre Light Wilson    Oct 17 1918 - Jun 1 1919

LCDR William Fuller Gresham    Jun 1 1919 - Dec 10 1919

ENS Harry Goodstein    Dec 10 1919 - Mar 15 1920

ENS Denzil Frank Baltis    Mar 15 1920 - Jan 21 1921

ENS Harry Redfern    Jan 21 1921 - May 5 1921

LT George Otis Etheridge    May 5 1921 - Jul 7 1922


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