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Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 27,000 SHP; Curtis Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Union Iron Works, San Francisco on January 7 1918.
Launched July 4 1918 and commissioned April 18 1919.
Arrived at San Diego September 1 1919 and operated in reduced commission
until decommissioned at San Diego June 7 1922 and berthed there
until recommissioning on December 18 1939.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia November 14 1945 and was berthed there until her sale.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold November 1 1946 to Ship-Shape, Philadelphia PA for $13,449 and Removed to backwater north of Cape May, NJ. Still extant at low tide.

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Crane 181kWilliam M. Crane, born in 1776 at Elizabethtown, N.J., was appointed midshipman in 1799 and captain in 1814. Serving as a lieutenant in Congress, he won honors for his gallant fighting in the attacks on Tripoli in 1804. Captain Crane was assigned command of the Mediterranean Squadron in 1827 and acted as one of the commissioners in the negotiations with the Ottoman Empire. He was on the Board of Navy Commissioners and the first Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and Hydrography from 1842 until his death 18 March 1846. Photo of William M. Crane (DD-109) - Commandant Boston Navy Yard, Apr. 6, 1825-June 13, 1827 (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7072)Robert M. Cieri/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Crane 95kUndated, at Mare Island (l-r) USS Rizal (DD-174), USS Crane (DD-109), USS Claxton (DD-140), unknown and USS Williams (DD-108).Tommy Trampp
Crane 56kPhoto #: NH 104601. USS Crane (Destroyer # 109) in the Pedro Miguel Lock, Panama Canal, 30 May 1919. The original photograph was printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Crane 177kReal photo postcard of USS Crane (Destroyer # 109) in drydock at Mare Island Navy Yard. Undated, but probably during spring-summer 1919. Floating Derrick No. 33 is visible in background over Crane's bow.Dave Wright
Crane 98kDestroyers laid up in reserve at San Diego, California, probably in 1922 or shortly thereafter. The ships nearest the camera are: USS Palmer (DD-161) in left centre; USS Crane (DD-109) in right centre and USS Stansbury (DD-180) at right. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969 (Photo No NH 69513).Robert Hurst
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Crane 97kUSS Crane (DD-109) Probably photographed circa 1939-1940, after she was recommissioned for Neutrality Patrol service. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Jim Flynn
Crane 129kUSS Crane (DD-109) laying in a New Jersey backwater of the Delaware River north of Cape May. She has been demilitarized (note the forward gun shield dating from 1919 as well as all remaining armament and ships boats, etc. Fore mast has been removed, circa 1947.Jim Swank

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Fuller Gresham    Apr 18 1919 - Jan 9 1920

LT James Donaldson    Jan 9 1920 - Nov 14 1921

LCDR Henry Gilbert Shonerd    Nov 14 1921 - Jun 7 1922

(Decommissioned June 7 1922 - December 18 1939)

CDR Marion Young Cohen    Dec 18 1939 - Jul 6 1940

LCDR Joseph Wade Adams Jr.    Jul 6 1940 - Sep 20 1941

LCDR Virgil Francis Gordinier    Sep 20 1941 - Aug 15 1942 

LCDR Harry Nelson Coffin    Aug 15 1942 - Sep 3 1943 

LCDR Sam Halfon    Sep 3 1943 - May 10 1944 

LCDR David R. Wallace    May 10 1944 - Sep 9 1944

LCDR Merritt Barton    Sep 9 1944 - Nov 14 1945

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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