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U.S.S. Beale DD-40





















Displacement 742 Tons; Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" torpedo tubes.
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 86.


USS Beale (DD-40) or Beale I, a “coal burning four stacker” Paulding class destroyer, was launched on 30 April 1912 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, Philadelphia. She was sponsored by Mrs. Emily S. Beale McLean, daughter of Lieutenant Beale and commissioned 30 August 1912, Lieutenant (junior grade) C.T. Blackburn in command.


Beale joined the 5th Group, Torpedo Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, and cruised along the Atlantic coast and in Mexican and Caribbean until placed in reserve on 13 December 1915. Reactivated - with a reduced crew - on 5 January 1916, she served on Neutrality Patrol along the Atlantic coast until placed in full commission on 22 March 1917. Joining the Atlantic Destroyer force, she arrived at Queenstown, Ireland on 5 February 1918.


Beale operated out of Queenstown on convoy and patrol duty until the end of World War I. She returned to the United States in December 1918 and served with the Atlantic Fleet until placed out of commission in reserve at Philadelphia navy Yard on 25 October 1919. Reactivated in 1924, Beale was transferred to the Coast Guard on 28 April 1924 for use in enforcing the Prohibition Act. She was returned to the Navy on 18 October 1930 and was laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard until scrapped in 1934.


This article incorporates text from the public domain dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships


Photos are from NavSource Naval History. Photos are either donated to NavSource or Copyright as follows:

Upper left, Darryl Baker; upper right, Joe Radigan; lower Tony Cowart; lower right, Mike Green



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