USS Perry (DD-11)

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USS Perry (DD-11) 27.65 knots on speed trials.jpg
USS Perry (DD-11), 27.65 knots on speed trials in San Francisco Bay April 30, 1902.
United States
NamesakeCommodore Oliver Hazard Perry awarded Congressional Gold Medal
BuilderUnion Iron Works, San Francisco
Laid down19 April 1899
Launched27 October 1900
Sponsored byMiss Maude O'Connor
Commissioned4 September 1902
Decommissioned2 July 1919
Stricken15 September 1919
FateSold, 3 January 1920 and broken up for scrap
General characteristics [1]
Class and type Bainbridge-class destroyer
  • 420 long tons (430 t) (standard)
  • 592 long tons (601 t) (full load)
  • 245 ft (74.7 m) (pp)
  • 250 ft (76.2 m) (oa)
Beam23 ft 7 in (7.2 m)
Draft6 ft 6 in (2.0 m) (mean)
Installed power
Speed29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph) (designed speed)
  • 3 officers
  • 72 enlisted men

The second USS Perry (DD-11) was a Bainbridge-class destroyer in the United States Navy. She was named for Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.


Perry was laid down on 19 April 1899, by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California; launched on 27 October 1900; sponsored by Miss Maude O'Connor; and commissioned on 4 September 1902.

Pre-World War I[edit]

USS Perry and USS Chicago in Portland during the Lewis and Clark Exposition, June 1905

Perry was assigned to the Pacific Torpedo Flotilla and based at Mare Island until the United States entered World War I. Her operations took her as far north as Alaska and south along the coast of Mexico; and in the fall of 1908, combined fleet maneuvers took her to Hawaii.

Perhaps the highlight of the torpedo boat destroyer's career came during the earthquake which struck San Francisco on 18 April 1906, and the resulting fire which devastated the city. For four days after, they were awakened by severe rolling and pitching of their ship before dawn on 18 April, the crew labored to save the western metropolis by fighting fires; patrolling districts where stores, warehouses, and homes were threatened by looters; and providing medical aid to countless injured men, women, and children.

In 1914, Perry observed the Topolobampo naval campaign in the Gulf of California during the Mexican Revolution, she was present at the Fourth Battle of Topolobampo, the final naval action of the campaign.

World War I[edit]

When the United States entered World War I, Perry patrolled off the California Coast until steaming to Panama where, beginning on 28 July 1917, she guarded the entrance to the vital canal. On 30 May 1918, she sailed for Key West for patrol duty in the Florida Keys. After the Armistice, she got under way for the Delaware Bay on 29 January 1919, and remained at the Philadelphia Navy Yard until decommissioning on 2 July. Perry's name was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 15 September, and she was sold to Henry A. Hitner's Sons Company for scrapping on 5 January 1920.

Noteworthy commanding officers[edit]


  1. ^ "USS Perry (DD-11)". Retrieved June 14, 2015.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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