The third LAWRENCE was laid down
10 April 1899 by Fore River Ship & Engine Co., Weymouth,
Massachusetts.; launched 7 November 1900; sponsored by Miss Ruth
Lawrence, great niece of Capt. James Lawrence; and commissioned
7 April 1903, Lieutenant Andre M. Proctor in command.
Assigned to the 2d Torpedo Flotilla, LAWRENCE
operated along the Atlantic coast, taking part in the fleet search
problem off the New England coast during the summer of 1903.
The torpedo boat departed Norfolk 17 December, and sailed to
Key West for winter exercises.
During 1904 she performed Midshipmen cruises
and acted as a torpedo practice ship, perfecting the quality
of' officers and increasing the Navy's effectiveness. She continued
exercises in the Caribbean and along the Atlantic coast until
she decommissioned at Philadelphia 14 November 1908.
recommissioned 23 July 1907 and resumed training operations out
of Norfolk. Departing Hampton Roads 2 December, she sailed with
the torpedo flotilla for winter maneuvers in the Caribbean and
oft South America. She arrived San Diego 28 April 1908 and stood
out San Francisco 8 days later as the "Great White Fleet"
steamed into San Francisco Bay. During the next 4 years she operated
in the Pacific with the 3d
Torpedo Flotilla patrolling the coast from Canada to Panama and
engaged in exercises with the fleet. From 1 June 1912 to 23 April
1914 LAWRENCE was in commission in reserve.
Returned to full commission status, she
departed San Francisco 25 April to patrol the Mexican coast and
protect American and foreign nationals during the Mexican revolution
Returning to Mare Island 12 September, the destroyer was once
again placed in reserve status. It was during this reserve status
period that she served as a training vessel for the California
After America's entry into World War I,
LAWRENCE was placed in full commission 13 June 1917 to
Join coastal defense units. Arriving Balboa 29 July, she guarded
the ocean approaches to the Canal Zone until 30 May 1918 when
she steamed toward Key West. Upon her arrival there she operated
as coastal escort and patrol ship. After the Armistice ending
World War I, LAWRENCE steamed to Philadelphia, arriving
there 1 February 1919. She decommissioned 20 June and was sold
to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia 3 January 1920.
2 x 3 inch guns
5 x 6-pound guns
2 x 18 inch torpedo tubes
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