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O'BRIEN destroyers (1914-1915)

Nicholson 1915

No Name Yard No Builder Laid down Launched Comm Fate
DD51 O'Brien 404 Cramp, Philadelphia 9/1913 20/7/1914 5/1915 stricken 3/1935
DD52 Nicholson 405 Cramp, Philadelphia 9/1913 19/8/1914 4/1915 stricken 1/1936
DD53 Winslow, 11/1933- unnamed 406 Cramp, Philadelphia 10/1913 11/2/1915 8/1915 stricken 1/1936
DD54, 6/1924- CG6, 6/1933- DD54 McDougal, 7/1933- unnamed 62 Bath Iron Wks 7/1913 22/4/1914 5/1914 Coast Guard cutter 6/1924, destroyer 6/1933, stricken 7/1934
DD55 Cushing, 7/1933- unnamed 215 Fore River, Quincy 9/1913 16/1/1915 8/1915 stricken 1/1936
DD56, 6/1924- CG5, 4/1934- DD56 Ericsson 141 New York SB, Camden 11/1913 22/8/1914 8/1915 Coast Guard cutter 6/1924, destroyer 4/1934, stricken 7/1934
  

Displacement normal, t

1050

Displacement full, t

1171

Length, m

93.1

Breadth, m

9.50

Draught, m

2.90

No of shafts

2

Machinery

DD51 - 53: 2 Zoelly steam turbines / 2 VTE for cruising, 4 White Forster boilers

DD54, 56: 2 Zoelly steam turbines / 1 VTE for cruising, 4 White Forster boilers

DD55: 2 Zoelly steam turbines / 2 steam turbines for cruising, 4 White Forster boilers

Power, h. p.

17000

Max speed, kts

29

Fuel, t

oil 290

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

4 x 1 - 102/50 Mk IX, 4 x 2 - 533 TT

Complement

101

Ship project history: These were improved Cassins with 533mm TT which had been suggested by the Bureau of Ordnance in May 1912. The first six were authorized in March 1913. The second group of six (DD 57-62), the Tucker class, were authorized in 1913. Their General Board characteristics included, for the first time, a call for two AA guns, as well as provision to lay 36 floating mines.

    Of this class, DD 51-53 had a reciprocating cruise engine on each shaft; DD 54 and DD 56 had a single reciprocating engine which could be clutched to one shaft for cruising; DD 55 had a pair of cruising turbines; DD 57-59 and DD 61-62 had a single cruising turbine geared to one shaft. Wadsworth (DD 60) had the prototype US main turbine geared turbine installation, and so had a considerable effect on destroyer design from 1915 on.

Modernizations: 1917 - 1918, all: + 1 DCT (Y-gun), 2 DCR

Naval service:  The part of these destroyers was a part of USN Forces in Europe during Great War.

O`Brien 1918

Ivan Gogin, 2014