The USS Anthony (DD-172) was one of 111 Wickes-class destroyers built for the US Navy after World War I. The construction of Anthony and the other 110 destroyers was completed as part of the 1916 Naval Expansion Act as the US government sought to build a fleet that was “second to none.” Anthony was the first of two naval vessels to be named in the honor or Marine Sergeant Major William Anthony, who was a soldier in the US Army as well as a Marine in the US Marine Corps who served during the Spanish-American War.
Anthony, which was sponsored by Miss Grace Heathcoate, was launched by Union Iron Works in San Francisco, California on August 10, 1918. Commander D.A. Scott took command of Anthony on June 19, 1919, at which time she reported to Destroyer Division Pacific.
As was the case with all Wickes-class destroyers, Anthony featured a flush deck and four stacks. The flush deck design provided Wickes-class destroyers more structural strength than the preceding Caldwell-class of destroyers, a feature that was necessary since ships in the class were required to reach top speeds of 35 knots. Anthony also featured four 4-inch/50 caliber naval guns and twelve 12-inch torpedo tubes.
Following her commissioning, Anthony operated on the west coast between Bremerton, Washington and San Diego. In September 1919, she sailed from San Francisco to Port Angeles, Washington in order to attend ceremonies honoring the newly organized Pacific Fleet. She then visited Victoria, British Columbia and escorted Secretary of the Navy Joseph Daniels back to Bremerton. Anthony passed review before President Woodrow Wilson in Oregon (BB-3) on September 13 and before the Secretary of the Navy on September 14.
In November 1920, Anthony was redesignated as a light minelayer, at which time her hull designation changed to DM-12. She joined Mine Division, Mine Squadron 2 in October 1921 and began operations in the Pearl Harbor area. To fulfill her new duties, slight modifications were made. These included being outfitted with three dual-purpose 3-inch/50 caliber guns.
The former Anthony continued to work under her new capacity until June 30, 1922, at which time she was placed out of commission. Five years later, she was towed to San Diego, where she was used as a target. She was sunk off the California coast on July 22, 1937.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Anthony (DD-172)
The use of asbestos-containing materials in the design of naval vessels was mandated by Congress in the early 1930s, after a fire at sea aboard the SS Morro Castle caused the deaths of 137 passengers and crew. Ships like Anthony deployed asbestos-containing materials frequently, particularly in boilers and engineering compartments, and for insulation in all sections of the vessel. If an asbestos-based product is damaged it becomes friable, which means that fibers can break off and escape into the surrounding air, and then are inhaled or ingested by ship's crew and repair workers, increasing the odds of developing mesothelioma.
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Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. (http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/a9/anthony-i.htm) Retrieved 20 December 2010