The USS Boggs (DD-136) served in the US Navy for nearly three decades in the early 20th century. She was named for Rear Admiral Charles Stuart Boggs, a nephew of Captain James Lawrence of the Chesapeake, who served in the US Navy during the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Boggs was built as a Wickes- class destroyer.
Boggs was laid down in San Diego by Mare Island Navy Yard in November 1917, launched in April 1918, and commissioned in September with Commander H.V. McKittrick in command. Carrying a crew of 103, Boggs was 314 feet, five inches long and was armed with four 4-inch rapid-fire guns, two anti-aircraft guns, and twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes. She was driven by geared turbines and had a cruising speed of 35 knots.
Boggs operated along the east coast of the United States, in the Caribbean, and in the North Atlantic after departing San Diego in March 1919. She was decommissioned in June 1922 and reactivated as a miscellaneous auxiliary vessel, with the designation AG-19, in 1931. Boggs was assigned to mobile Target Division 1, Battle Force and conducted radio control tests as well as towing and minesweeping practice. In September 1940, Boggs transferred to Pearl Harbor and was reclassified as high-speed minesweeper DMS-3 later in the year.
Boggs was at sea during the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941, and conducted mine sweeping at the approaches to the harbor later in the day. She continued with minesweeping, patrol, and training operations at Pearl Harbor until January 1943, then delivered supplies to Canton Island, Phoenix Islands before being assigned to patrol, minesweeping, and towing duty at Pearl Harbor. From April 1944 to March 1945, Boggs served with the Operational Training Command in San Diego, and then reclassified AG-19 to serve as a high-speed target towing ship.
Boggs deployed to the Marshall Islands in August 1946 and returned to the United States at the beginning of 1946. She was decommissioned in March, stricken from the Navy list in April, and sold for scrap in November 1946.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Boggs (DD-136)
Installing asbestos in the design of all vessels was required by law in the United States in the 1930s, after a deadly fire on a luxury liner caused the deaths of 137 passengers and crew. Navy ships like Boggs installed asbestos in large quantities around ship's boilers and engine spaces, as well as to insulate steam pipes in the other sections of the ship.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-136 (http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd136txt.htm) Retrieved 22 December 2010
NavSource Naval History, USS Boggs (DD-136).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/136.htm) Retrieved 22 December 2010