The second PERRY was laid down
in April 1899 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco; launched 27
October 1900; sponsored by Miss Maude O'Connor; and commissioned
4 September 1902, Lt. Theodore C. Fenton in command.
was assigned to the Pacific Torpedo Flotilla and based at Mare
Island until the United States entered World War I. In 1905 she
briefly served as a training vessel for the California
Naval Militia. Her operations took her as far north as Alaska
and south along the coast of Mexico; and in the fall of 1908,
combined fleet maneuvers took her to Hawaii.
Perhaps the highlight of the torpedo boat
destroyer's career came during the earthquake which struck San
Francisco 18 April 1906 and the resulting fire which devastated
the city. For four sleepless days after they were awakened by
severe rolling and pitching of their ship before dawn on 18 April,
the indefatigable crew labored to save the western metropolis
by fighting fires; patrolling districts where stores, warehouses
and homes were threatened by looters; and providing medical aid
to countless injured men, women, and children.
When the United States entered World War
I, Perry patrolled off the California Coast until steaming to
Panama where, beginning 28 July 1917, she guarded the entrance
to the vital Canal. On 30 May 1918, she sailed for Key West for
patrol duty in the Florida Keys. After the Armistice, she got
under way for the Delaware Bay, 29 January 1919, and remained
at the Philadelphia Navy Yard until decommissioning 2 July. PERRY's
name was struck from the Navy List 15 September 1919, and she
was sold for scrapping 5 January 1920.
DD-11: dp. 480 (n.); 1. 250'6"; b. 23'8"; dr. 7'3";
s. 29 k.; cpl. 73; a. 2 3", 5 6-pdrs., 2 18" tt.; el.
2 x 3 inch guns
5 x 6-pound guns
2 x 18 inch torpedo tubes
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