USS Barry (DD-2)

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USS Barry (DD-2)
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Name: USS Barry (DD-2)
Namesake: Commodore John Barry
Builder: Neafie and Levy Ship and Engine Building Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 2 September 1899
Launched: 22 March 1902
Commissioned: 24 November 1902
Decommissioned: 28 June 1919
Struck: 15 September 1919
Fate: Sold for scrap on 3 January 1920
General characteristics
Class and type: Bainbridge-class destroyer
Displacement: 420 tons (380 tonnes)
Length: 250 ft (76 m)
Beam: 23 ft 7 in (7.19 m)
Draft: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Propulsion: 2-shaft reciprocating engines[1]
Speed: 28 kn (32 mph; 52 km/h)
Complement: 75 officers and enlisted
Armament: 2 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 2 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Barry (DD-2), a Bainbridge-class destroyer, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for Commodore John Barry (1745–1803).


Barry was launched on 22 March 1902 by Neafie and Levy Ship and Engine Building Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sponsored by Miss Charlotte Adams Barnes the great-grandniece of Commodore Barry: and commissioned on 24 November 1902, Lieutenant Noble Edward Irwin in command.

Pre-World War I

Barry was assigned to the 1st Torpedo Flotilla, Coast Squadron, North Atlantic Fleet, and during the summer of 1903 participated in maneuvers off the New England coast. In December 1903 she departed the East Coast and sailed via the Suez Canal to the Asiatic Station, arriving in April 1904.

On the Asiatic Station she served with the 1st Torpedo Flotilla, Battleship Squadron, until August 1917, except for two short periods (2 April-21 December 1908 and on 21 October 1912-24 June 1913) out of commission.

World War I

Barry departed the Philippine Islands on 1 August 1917 and sailed via the Suez Canal for Gibraltar arriving 20 October. She escorted merchantmen in the Mediterranean until August 1918 and arrived at Charleston, South Carolina on 5 September. She remained there until the end of the year performing patrol and convoy duties. In January 1919, she left for the Philadelphia Navy Yard where she was decommissioned on 28 June and sold on 3 January 1920 to Joseph G. Hitner, Philadelphia, PA.


  1. Haislip, Harvey, CAPT USN. (September 1977). A Memory of Ships. United States Naval Institute Proceedings. 


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