USS Farquhar (DD-304)

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USS Farquhar (DD-304)
Career (US)
Namesake: Norman von Heldreich Farquhar
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco
Laid down: 13 August 1918
Launched: 18 January 1919
Commissioned: 5 August 1920
Decommissioned: 20 February 1930
Struck: 18 November 1930
Fate: sold for scrapping, 23 April 1932
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,190 tons
Length: 314 feet 5 inches (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 feet 8 inches (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 feet 4 inches (2.84 m)
Propulsion: 26,500 shp (20 MW);
geared turbines,
2 screws
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
  @ 15 kt
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4" (102 mm), 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes, 6 depth charge projector, 2 depth charge tracks

The first USS Farquhar (DD-304) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for Norman von Heldreich Farquhar.

History[edit]

Farquhar was launched 18 January 1919 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco; sponsored by Mrs. J. Reed; and commissioned 5 August 1920, Lieutenant Commander R. A. Hall in command.

From her home port, San Diego, where she first arrived 26 August 1920, Farquhar operated with the Pacific Fleet in training, maneuvers, and war problems along the west coast from the coast of Washington state to the Panama Canal Zone. In August 1921, she rescued 42 passengers of SS San Jose, stranded off the coast of Mexico. In 1924 and 1927, she joined in fleet concentrations in the Caribbean, and during the second cruise, sailed north to visit New York, Newport, Rhode Island and Norfolk, before returning to San Diego.

Farquhar sailed to Hawaii on maneuvers in April 1925, and joined a large force for a cruise to Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand, returning to the west coast in September. April through June 1928 again found her in the Hawaiian Islands for exercises of the complete Battle Fleet. She carried reservists for training in July 1929, and the next month began inactivation at San Diego.

Fate[edit]

Farquhar was decommissioned 20 February 1930, and after temporary service as a barracks ship for submariners, was scrapped in accordance with the London Treaty limiting naval armaments. The scrapped materials were sold 23 April 1932.

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