USS Stockton (DD-73)

Stockton in Queenstown, Ireland, c.1918. Photo in the collections of the US Navy History & Heritage Command.

Laid Down
1916
Launched
1917
Commissioned
1917
Decommissioned
1945
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History

USS Stockton (DD-73) was a Caldwell-class destroyer, laid down in 1916. Commissioned in November, 1917, she spent the next twelve months on convoy duty. She engaged a U-boat on 30 March, 1918, but was unable to sink the sub. However, later that day, she accidentally rammed and sank the freighter Slieve Bloom, requiring repairs to Stockton. Stockton remained on active duty until 1922, when she was placed in reserve. She was briefly recommissioned in 1940, before she was handed over to the British as part of the Destroyers for Bases deal. Recommissioned as HMS Ludlow (G57) she was placed back on convoy duty, serving in that role until the end of the War in Europe. Decommissioned in June, 1945, Ludlow was beached the next month for use as a stationary target by the RAF. Her remains are just visible at low tide.