USS Downes (DD-45)

USS Downes (DD-45) underway in 1915 undergoing sea trials.
United States
NamesakeCaptain John Downes
BuilderNew York Shipbuilding Company, Camden, New Jersey
Laid down27 June 1912
Launched8 November 1913
Sponsored byMrs. M. H. Simons, great-granddaughter of Captain Downes
Commissioned11 February 1915
Decommissioned6 June 1922
Stricken5 July 1934
Fatetransferred to the United States Coast Guard, 28 April 1924
Statussold 22 August 1934, broken up for scrap
NotesDownes lost her name to new construction 1 July 1933
USCG Downes (CG-4) on Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era.
United States
Acquired28 April 1924[2]
Commissioned14 October 1924[2]
Decommissioned18 November 1930[2]
IdentificationHull symbol:CG-4
FateReturned to the Navy on 22 May 1931.
General characteristics [3]
Class and type Cassin-class destroyer
Displacement1,072 long tons (1,089 t)[4]
Length305 ft 3 in (93.04 m)
Beam31 ft 2 in (9.50 m)
Draft9 ft 7 in (2.92 m) (mean)[4]
Installed power
  • oil fired boilers
  • 16,000 ihp (12,000 kW)
  • 29.5 kn (33.9 mph; 54.6 km/h)
  • 29 kn (33 mph; 54 km/h) (Speed on Trial)[4]
  • 5 officers 96 enlisted (USN)[5]
  • 6 officers, 82 enlisted (USCG)[6]

The first USS Downes (DD-45) was a Cassin-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was later transferred to the United States Coast Guard, where she was designated CG-4. She was named for Captain John Downes.



Downes was launched on 8 November 1913 by New York Shipbuilding Company of Camden, New Jersey. She was sponsored by Mrs. M. H. Simons, great-granddaughter of Captain Downes and outfitted for service at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Downes was commissioned on 11 February 1915, Lieutenant Commander A. W. Johnson in command.

World War I

Downes conducted her shakedown off New York and in Chesapeake Bay, and then returned to Philadelphia Navy Yard, where she was placed in ordinary from 4 October 1915 – 26 May 1917 for the construction and installation of new machinery by the contractor. Fitted out for distant service, she sailed from New York on 18 October 1917 for Devonport, England, arriving on 7 November.

Downes was based at Queenstown, Ireland, from 17 November 1917 – 5 December 1918, and operated on convoy escort duty inbound to British ports, across the channel, and outbound to rendezvous with the ocean escorts. She patrolled against submarines off the Irish coast, making numerous attacks with no sure results and with other destroyers aided distressed ships. On two occasions her efficiency won commendations from the British Admiralty, once for her protection of the torpedoed Manley and again for the rescue and salvage of a British submarine.

Inter-war period

Downes arrived at Brest, France on 6 December to meet and escort President Woodrow Wilson embarked in George Washington, passing in review before returning to Queenstown on 14 December. The day after Christmas she sailed for the United States, arriving at Norfolk, Virginia on 18 January 1919. After winter maneuvers in Cuban waters, she returned to New York on 14 March. Downes reported to Norfolk on 5 May for overhaul and on 31 May was placed in ordinary. Returned to full commission, she sailed for Newport, Rhode Island on 12 May 1921 for summer maneuvers.

From 22 October-20 March 1922, she lay at Charleston, South Carolina, and on 24 March arrived at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Downes was placed out of commission there on 6 June and laid up.

She was transferred to the United States Coast Guard on 28 April 1924. She initially served at the Academy as a practice ship. Later, she was part of the Rum Patrol.[6] Returned to Naval custody at Philadelphia on 22 May 1931, Downes was scrapped and sold on 22 August 1934 in accordance with the London Naval Treaty.


  1. ^ "Table 21 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919" . Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 762. 1921.
  2. ^ a b c Record of Movements Vessels of the United States Coast Guard 1790 -December 31, 1933 (PDF). Washington: TREASURY DEPARTMENT. 1989. p. 448.
  3. ^ "USS Downes (DD-45)" . Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Table 10 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919" . Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 714. 1921.
  5. ^ "Table 16 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919" . Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 749. 1921.
  6. ^ a b c "Cassin (CG-4)" (PDF). U.S. Coast Guard Webcuttes. U. S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

External links

Photo gallery of Downes at NavSource Naval History

Categories: Cassin-class destroyers | World War I destroyers of the United States | Ships transferred from the United States Navy to the United States Coast Guard | Ships built in Camden, New Jersey | 1913 ships

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