USS Henley (DD-39)

USS Henley (DD-39), port bow, camouflaged, 1918 at Queenstown, Ireland.
United States
NamesakeCaptain Robert Henley, awarded Congressional Gold Medal
BuilderFore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down17 July 1911
Launched3 April 1912
Sponsored byMiss Constance Henley Kane, great-grandniece
Commissioned6 December 1912
Decommissioned12 December 1919
Stricken5 July 1934
Fatetransferred to the United States Coast Guard, 16 May 1924
Statussold August 22, 1934, to Michael Flynn of Brooklyn
USGC Henley (CG-12) ex-USS Henley (DD-39), on Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era.
United States
Acquired16 May 1924[2]
Commissioned14 November 1924[2]
Decommissioned30 January 1931[2]
IdentificationHull symbol:CG-12
Fatereturned to the US Navy, 30 January 1931[2]
General characteristics [3]
Class and type Paulding-class destroyer
  • 742 long tons (754 t) normal
  • 887 long tons (901 t) full load
Length293 ft 10 in (89.56 m)
Beam27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft8 ft 4 in (2.54 m) (mean)[5]
Installed power12,000 ihp (8,900 kW)
  • 29.5 kn (33.9 mph; 54.6 km/h)
  • 30.32 kn (34.89 mph; 56.15 km/h) (Speed on Trial)[5]
Complement4 officers 87 enlisted[4]

The first USS Henley (DD-39) was a modified Paulding-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I and later in the United States Coast Guard, designated as CG-12. She was named for Robert Henley.

Henley was launched on 3 April 1912 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Company, in Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Miss Constance Henley Kane, great-grandniece or Robert Henley; and commissioned at Boston, Massachusetts, on 6 December 1912, with Lieutenant Commander W. L. Littlefield in command.


Pre-World War I

After training and shakedown, Henley joined the US Atlantic Torpedo Fleet at Newport, Rhode Island, for a peacetime career of tactical exercises and training maneuvers along the coast from the Caribbean to the North Atlantic. On 22 April 1914, she joined the fleet off Tampico, Mexico, to protect American citizens and property in the face of revolution in that country. During this period, Henley also saw duty transporting refugees and supplies. With war in Europe that fall, she began Neutrality Patrol along the coast and checked belligerent vessels in American ports.

World War I

When America entered World War I in April 1917, Henley continued patrol along the coast and also escorted fuel ships to the destroyers guarding America's first troop convoy on 13 June. For the remainder of the war, Henley performed convoy duty along the coast and carried out anti-submarine patrol off New York harbor. Henley put in at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 22 December 1918 and decommissioned there on 12 December 1919.

Inter-war period

Transferred to the Coast Guard on 16 May 1924, she served in the Rum Patrol. She was originally stationed at Stapleton, New York and then transferred to New London, Connecticut.

She returned to the Navy on 8 May 1931 and was sold for scrap to Michael Flynn Inc. of Brooklyn, New York on 22 August 1934.


  1. ^ "Table 21 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919" . Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 762. 1921.
  2. ^ a b c d Record of Movements Vessels of the United States Coast Guard 1790 -December 31, 1933 (PDF). Washington: TREASURY DEPARTMENT. 1989. p. 34.
  3. ^ "USS Henley (DD-39)" . Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Table 16 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919" . Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 749. 1921.
  5. ^ a b "Table 10 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919" . Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 714. 1921.

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Categories: Paulding-class destroyers | Monaghan-class destroyers | World War I destroyers of the United States | Ships built in Quincy, Massachusetts | United States Navy Virginia-related ships | 1912 ships

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