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USS Bagley (DD-185)

USS Bagley (DD-185)

USS Bagley (DD-185) was one of 111 Wickes-class destroyers constructed for the US Navy after World War I. Bagley was named in honor of Ensign Worth Bagley, who was an officer in the US Navy during the Spanish-American War. Bagley is known for being the only US naval officer to be killed in action during that conflict.


Bagley was launched by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Newport News, Virginia on October 19, 1918. Mrs. Adelaide Worth Bagley, who was the mother of Ensign Bagley, served as the sponsor. Commander R.L. Walker took command of Bagley on August 27, 1919, after which she reported to the Atlantic Fleet.

Naval History

Bagley served in destroyer Flotillas 1, 3 and 8 between August 1919 and July 1920. During this time, she participated in maneuvers and training in the Caribbean as well as in the Atlantic. On July 16, 1920, Bagley was placed on reserve commission in Philadelphia, which is where she remained until July 12, 1922.

From April 25, 1932 through April 20, 1934, Bagley served with the US Coast Guard. On May 31, 1935, her Bagley identification was dropped and she was referred to as simply DD-185 or ex-Bagley until 1939. On December 22, 1939, her name was changed to Doran in honor of John James Doran, making her one of two naval vessels named in his honor. Doran was a Boatswain’s Mate, 2nd Class during the Spanish-American War.

As Doran, the former Bagley was recommissioned on June 17, 1940. She then reported to the Atlantic Squadron, where she served until September 22 of that same year. She was then decommissioned in Halifax, Nova Scotia and transferred to Great Britain as part of the destroyer for bases exchange. At this time, she was renamed once again to HMS St. Mary’s.

As part of the British Royal Navy, the former Bagley arrived at Belfast, Northern Ireland on October 8, 1940. She was then assigned to the Minelaying Squadron, where she served as a member of the permanent escort force. After arriving on the west coast of Scotland on October 31, she participated in early minelaying operations in the Denmark Strait between Greenland and Iceland.

The following year, the former Bagley performed the majority of the Squadron’s minelaying operations, until she was involved in a collision with the transport Royal Ultsterman on August 29, 1941. Following the incident, she was placed in Salford Docks until December. Throughout 1943 and 1943, the former Bagley carried out minelaying and shipping defense duties. In 1944, she was paid off in the Tyne. She remained there until the end of the war, after which she was scrapped.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Bagley (DD-185)

The installation of asbestos insulation in the design of all ships was required by Congress in the 1930s, after a deadly fire on a cruise ship resulted in great loss of life. Bagley installed asbestos insulation heavily, especially in boilers and engine spaces, as well as to insulate pipes in the other sections of the vessel. When asbestos is inhaled, the fibers migrate to the mesothelium, a narrow body of cells which wraps around and protects the body's interior organs, and eventually inflammation from the fibers can cause mesothelioma.

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Bagley. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center. ( Retrieved 24 December 2010

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