USS Cassin (DD-43)

Cassin in service with the US Coast Guard, c.1924-33. US Navy photo.

Nation
Ship Class
Ship Type
Laid Down
1912
Launched
1913
Commissioned
1913
Decommissioned
1933
AD/BC
AD
History

USS Cassin (DD-43) was the lead ship of a class of four destroyers. Laid down in May, 1912, Cassin commissioned in August, 1913, armed with four 4" guns and eight 18" torpedo tubes. Cassin operated in the Caribbean until early 1915, when she began Neutrality Patrols along the East Coast of the US. In April, 1917, Casin was deployed to Europe, operating on convoy duty out of Queenstown, Ireland. She was struck by a torpedo above the waterline on 15 October, 1917, which critically damaged her stern, and put her out of service until July. Cassin remained in European waters until 1919, and escorted President Wilson into France for the Versailles Conference that year, before returning to the US. She was decommissioned in 1922, and turned over to the Coast Guard. Recommissioned as USCGC Cassin (CG-1) she was employed on the Rum Patrol from 1924-33. She was returned to the Navy, and sold for scrap the next year.

Bonus Photos

The remains of Cassin's stern after being torpedoed 15 October, 1917. Photo uploaded to Wikipedia by user G papadopolis.

Bonus Information

Fun Fact: My great-grandfather deployed to Europe aboard Cassin in 1917, as a cook. He survived the torpedoing, and returned home to Oklahoma post-War.