USS Flusser (DD-20)

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USS Flusser
USS Flusser (DD-20) in 1909 during trials making 26 knots, note funnel arrangement.
United States
Name: Flusser
Namesake: Lieutenant commander Charles W. Flusser
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 3 August 1908
Launched: 20 July 1909
Sponsored by: Miss Genevieve Virden, grand-niece of Lieutenant Commander Flusser
Commissioned: 28 October 1909
Decommissioned: 14 July 1919
Struck: 15 September 1919
Identification: Hull symbol:DD-20
Fate: Sold 15 November 1919
Status: broken up for scrap
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Smith-class destroyer
Displacement: 700 long tons (710 t) normal
Length: 293 ft 10 in (89.56 m)
Beam: 26 ft 5 in (8.05 m)
Draft: 10 ft 7 in (3,230 mm)
Speed: 31 kn (36 mph; 57 km/h)
Complement: 89 officers and crew

USS Flusser (DD–20) was a Smith-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was the second ship named for Lieutenant commander Charles W. Flusser.

Flusser was launched on 20 July 1909 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, sponsored by Miss Genevieve Virden, grandniece of Commander Flusser; and commissioned on 28 October 1909, Lieutenant Commander J. P. Morton in command.

Pre-World War I[edit]

Flusser arrived at Charleston, South Carolina - her home port - on 17 December 1909, and began her participation in the regular operating schedule of the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet, an organization many times redesignated in the years that followed. She cruised from the Caribbean to the coast of New England until August 1916, when she began neutrality patrols off New York and in Long Island Sound.

World War I[edit]

After a repair period at New Orleans, Louisiana early in 1917, Flusser had escort duty on the east coast until 30 July 1917, when she departed Charleston for two months of ocean escort and patrol duty based on Ponta Delgada, Azores. She had similar duty out of Brest, France, operating across the English Channel from 22 October-9 December 1918, returning to Charleston on 31 December. She was decommissioned at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 14 July 1919, and sold on 21 November.

Noteworthy commanding officers[edit]


  1. ^ "USS Flusser (DD-20)". Retrieved June 15, 2015. 

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