USS O'Brien (TB-30)

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USS O'Brien TB-30, undated, running trials before installation of armament.
USS O'Brien TB-30, undated, running trials before installation of armament.
United States
Name: O’Brien
Namesake: Captain Jeremiah O’Brien (1744–1818)
Builder: Lewis Nixon Shipyard, Elizabethtown, New Jersey
Laid down: 29 December 1898
Launched: 24 September 1900
Sponsored by: Miss Mira O’Brien, great-great granddaughter of Joseph O’Brien
Commissioned: 15 July 1905
Decommissioned: date unknown
Struck: 3 March 1909
Fate: used as a target
General characteristics [1]
Class and type: Blakely-class torpedo boat
Displacement: 220 long tons (220 t)
Length: 157 ft (48 m)
Beam: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Draft: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) (mean)[2]
Installed power: not known
Propulsion: not known
Speed: 25 kn (29 mph; 46 km/h)[2]
Complement: 28 officers and enlisted
Armament: 3 × 1-pounder, 2 × 18 inch (450 mm) torpedo tubes

USS O’Brien (TB-30) was a Blakely-class torpedo boat in the United States Navy named after Captain Jeremiah O'Brien and his five brothers, Gideon, John, William, Dennis and Joseph, who captured HMS Margaretta on June 12, 1775 during the American revolution.

Built in Elizabeth, New Jersey[edit]

The first ship to be so named by the Navy, O’Brien (Torpedo Boat 30) was laid down under the direct supervision of naval architect Arthur Leopold Busch at Navy Lt. Lewis Nixon's, Crescent Shipyard of Elizabethport, New Jersey, 29 December 1898; launched 24 September 1900; sponsored by Miss Mira O’Brien, great-great granddaughter of Joseph O’Brien; and commissioned 15 July 1905, Lt. Edward Woods in command.

Service with the U.S. Navy[edit]

Between August 1905 and April 1906, she operated with the coastal squadron between Newport, Rhode Island, and Pensacola, Florida.


Placed in the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla 7 May 1906, at the Norfolk Navy Yard, she was struck from the Navy List 3 March 1909 and used as target.


  1. ^ "USS O'Brien (TB-30)". Retrieved July 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Table 10 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 714. 1921.