USS Paulding (DD-22)

USS Paulding (DD-22) was the name ship of the Paulding class of destroyers. She took part in the US intervention in Mexico, served from Queenstown after American entered the First World War then served with the Coast Guard 'Rum Patrol'.

USS Paulding (DD-22) at Queenstown, 1918
USS Paulding (DD-22)
at Queenstown, 1918

The Paulding was named after Hiram Paulding, who served in the US Navy during the War of 1812, and took part in the build up of the Union fleet during the American Civil War. She was laid down by the Bath Iron Works on 24 July 1909, launched on 12 April 1910 and commissioned on 29 September 1910.

The Paulding joined the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet, and spent most of the period before the First World War operating along the US East Coast. The Paulding took part in the US intervention in Mexico in 1914 and anyone who served on her between 22 April and 27 May 1914 qualified for the Mexican Service Medal.

In April 1917, after the US entry into the First World War, the Paulding operated off the coast of New England. In May she prepared for distance service, and on 21 May she darted to Queenstown.

The Paulding served with the US forces based at Queenstown, Ireland, from the summer of 1917 until the end of the war. In June 1917 she was part of the second division of US Destroyers at Queenstown, alongside the Wilkes, Ammen and Perkins. Their duties included anti-submarine patrols, escorting individual ships, and as the war went on an increasing amount of convoy escort duties.

On 20 October 1918 the Paulding collided with the Balch while carrying out convoy escort duties. The Paulding needed repairs to her bow, which were carried out in the dry dock at Queenstown. The incident could have been worse, as one of Balch's depth charges was knocked overboard but didn't explode.

Anyone who served on her between 1 June 1917 and 11 November 1918 qualified for the First World War Victory Medal.

In August 1919, after her return to the United States, the Paulding was placed into the reserve. On 28 April 1925 the Paulding was transferred to the Coast Guard to take part in the Prohibition Era 'Rum Patrol'. She served in the Coast Guard as CG-17. The most notable incident during her time with the Coast Guard came on 17 December 1927 when she collided with the submarine USS S-4 (SS-109) as she was surfacing after a submerged run off the coast of New England. The Paulding suffered damage to her bow, but the S-4 was sunk and efforts to save trapped members of her crew failed. The Coast Guard was cleared of any blame for the accident in a later enquiry. The Paulding remained with the Coast Guard until 18 October 1930, when she was returned to the Navy and placed back into the Reserve. She was struck off on 28 June 1934 and sold for scrap.

The Paulding kept her name after the USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) was launched in 1920, as the later ship was named after Secretary of the Navy James Kirke Paulding.

Displacement (design)

742t

Displacement (loaded)

887t

Top Speed

29.5kts design
32kts at 17,393shp at 887 tons on trial

Engine

3-shaft Parson turbines
4 Normand boilers
12,000shp normal
17,393shp trial

Range

3,000nm at 16kts design
3,343nm at 15kts on trial
2,642nm at 20kts on trial

Length

293ft

Width

26ft 3in

Armaments

Five 3in/50 guns
Six 18in torpedo tubes in three twin mounts

Crew complement

86

Launched

12 April 1910

Commissioned

29 September 1910

Fate

Sold 1934

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (16 February 2016), USS Paulding (DD-22) , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_USS_Paulding_DD22.html

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