USS Cummings (DD-44)
|Builder:||Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine|
|Laid down:||21 May 1912|
|Launched:||6 August 1913|
|Commissioned:||19 September 1913|
|Decommissioned:||23 June 1922|
|Fate:||Transferred to the United States Coast Guard, 6 June 1924|
|Name:||USCG Cummings (CG-3)|
|Acquired:||6 June 1924|
|Commissioned:||15 May 1925|
|Decommissioned:||30 April 1932|
|Struck:||5 July 1934|
|Fate:||Transferred back to the United States Navy, 23 May 1932
Sold for scrapping, 22 August 1934
|Class & type:||Cassin-class destroyer|
|Displacement:||1,020 long tons (1,040 t)|
|Length:||305 ft 3 in (93.04 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 2 in (9.50 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 3 in (2.82 m)|
|Speed:||29 kn (33 mph; 54 km/h)|
|Complement:||98 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||3 × 4 in (100 mm)/50 cal gunss, 8 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes|
The first USS Cummings (DD-44) was a Cassin-class destroyer used by the United States Navy during World War I. She was later transferred to the United States Coast Guard, where she was designated CG-3. She was named for Lieutenant Commander Andrew Boyd Cummings.
Cummings was launched on 6 August 1913 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. H. Beates, Jr., niece of Lieutenant Commander Cummings; and commissioned on 19 September 1913, Lieutenant Commander A. Crenshaw in command.
Pre-World War I
Departing Boston in November 1913, Cummings cruised along the Atlantic coast and in the Caribbean until the following June, when she joined the Neutrality Patrol and cruised off the coast until the United States entered into World War I.
World War I
Arriving at New York Navy Yard on 12 May 1917 to be outfitted for foreign service, Cummings sailed on 15 May, reaching the Destroyer Base, Queenstown, Ireland on 26 May. She was commanded by the future admiral, Henry Kent Hewitt. She served in the cross-channel escort service under Commander, US Naval Forces Operating in European Waters, and also conducted anti-submarine patrols off the southern Irish coast, making contact in 14 encounters. The ship continued to serve on escort assignments off the coast of France after the war. She was one of the escort ships for George Washington, carrying President Woodrow Wilson to Brest, France.
Cummings departed French waters on 16 December 1918, and from 6–9 April 1919 she joined in destroyer maneuvers and gunnery exercises at Guantanamo Bay. In July and August, she operated off Newport, and then was in reserve at Philadelphia from August 1919-March 1921. She returned to operations off the east coast with the Fleet until placed out of commission in Philadelphia on 23 June 1922.
Transferred to the Treasury Department for the Coast Guard on 6 June 1924, Cummings served as part of the Rum Patrol. She was based in New London, Connecticut until transferred to Stapleton, New York in 1931.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- Photo gallery of USS Cummings at NavSource Naval History