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CLASS - TUCKER (Improved O' BRIEN Class) As Built.
Displacement 1,060 Tons, Dimensions, 315' 3" (oa) x 29' 11" x 10' 5" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 8 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 17,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 99.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. on February 23 1914.
Launched April 29 1915 and commissioned July 25 1915.
Wadsworth was placed in reduced commission at Philadelphia
August 29 1919. Recommissioned May 9 1921 and operated along the
US east coast. Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 3 1922 and berthed
there with the reserve fleet until her sale.
Stricken January 7 1936.
Fate Sold June 30 1936 and broken up for scrap.

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Wadsworth 21kAlexander Scammel Wadsworth was born in 1790 at Portland, Maine. He was appointed a midshipman on 2 April 1804 and was promoted to lieutenant on 21 April 1810. Lt. Wadsworth was the first lieutenant on board Constitution during that famous frigate's successful engagement with Guerriere in the War of 1812. For this action, he received a silver medal and was included in the vote of thanks received by the commanding officer, Isaac Hull, and his officers. Wadsworth later served as first lieutenant of the corvette Adams during that ship's cruise in 1814 when she captured 10 prizes. Promoted to master-commandant on 27 April 1816 for his services during the war, Wadsworth commanded the brig Prometheus in the Mediterranean Squadron after the Algerian War in 1816 and 1817 and later commanded the sloop John Adams. Under Wadsworth, John Adams conducted cruises in the West Indies in 1818 and 1819, and 1821 and 1822 for the suppression of piracy. Promoted to captain on 3 March 1825, he commanded frigate Constellation in the Mediterranean Squadron from 1829 to 1832. Wadsworth was commodore commanding the Pacific Squadron from 1834 to 1836, a member of the Board of Navy Commissioners from 1837 to 1840, and Inspector of Ordnance from 1841 to 1850. Commodore Wadsworth died at Washington, D.C., on 5 April 1851.Bill Gonyo
Wadsworth 56kUndated, Georgetown WWICaptain John C. Ruff USN (Ret)
Wadsworth 101kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Wadsworth 51kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Wadsworth 75kUSS Wadsworth (DD-60) underway arriving at Queenstown Harbor. Source: Imperial War Museum Photo Archive Collection, Photo No. IWM (Q 19613).Mike Green
Wadsworth 96kUSS Melville (Destroyer Tender # 2) tending U.S. Navy destroyers at Queenstown, Ireland, 1917. The destroyers present include (from left to right): USS Jacob Jones (Destroyer # 61); USS Ericsson (Destroyer # 56); USS Wadsworth (Destroyer # 60); and an unidentified ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Wadsworth 110kUSS Wadsworth (Destroyer # 60). In harbor circa 1917-1918, while painted in pattern camouflage. The location is probably Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 41511. Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 48kConvoy duty 1918.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret)
Wadsworth 73kOil on canvas by Bernard F. Gribble, circa 1918, depicting USS Wadsworth (DD-60), USS Porter (DD-59), USS Davis (DD-65) and three others.Paul Rebold
Wadsworth 150kUSS Wadsworth (Destroyer # 60) Moored off Queenstown, Ireland in 1918. Note her pattern type camouflage. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 702.Robert Hurst
Wadsworth 208kStarboard Bow, Laying a smoke screen. May 18 1918.
Image # (111-SC-13468)
National Archives
Wadsworth 179kUSS Wadsworth (Destroyer # 60), Underway off western France on 18 June 1918. Photographed from USS Whipple (Destroyer # 15). Note Wadsworth's pattern camouflage scheme. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 41512.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret)/Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Joseph Knefler Taussig    Jul 23 1916 - Sep 10 1917 (Later VADM)
LCDR Isaac Foote Dortch    Sep 10 1917 - Mar 21 1918
LCDR Charles Churchill Slayton    Mar 21 1918 - Jul 21 1918
LCDR John Charles Fremont Jr.    Jul 21 1918 - Jan 10 1919
CDR Nelson Henry Goss    Jan 10 1919 - Jun 7 1919 
LT Axel Lindblad    Jun 7 1919 - Aug 10 1921
LT Louis Emil Denfield    Aug 10 1921 - Jun 3 1922

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