The USS Coghlan (DD-326) served in the US Navy for a decade in the early part of the 20th century. She was named for Rear Admiral Joseph Bulloch Coghlan, who served in the Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Coghlan was a Clemson-class destroyer.
Coghlan was laid down at San Francisco, California by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in June 1919, launched in June 1920, and commissioned in March 1921 with Lieutenant C. Hupp in command. Carrying a crew of 114, Coghlan was 314 feet, five inches long, with a beam of 31 feet, eight inches and draught of nine feet, 10 inches. She had a cruising speed of 35 knotsand was armed with four 4-inch rapid-fire guns, one three-inch anti-aircraft gun, and twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Coghlan was assigned to duty at Charleston, South Carolina in December 1921 and commenced operations along the east coast of the United States and in the Caribbean. In addition to Lieutenant Commander C. Hupp, Coghlan was also later commanded by Lieutenant Commander George Maus Lowry. In August 1923, Coghlan participated in the funeral ceremonies for President Warren G. Harding. She also served as a plane guard in the North Atlantic in 1924 during the Army’s attempt to fly around the world.
Coghlan operated in the Mediterranean with the United States Naval Forces Europe from June 1925 to July 1926. During this deployment, Coghlan conducted operations that protected American interests in the region. Coghlan returned to the east coast in 1926, and was an exhibition vessel at the Philadelphia Sesqui-Centennial Exposition that summer. She also operated with the Special Service Squadron off Nicaragua from February through March 1927 to protect American interests there. In June, Coghlan participated in the Presidential Fleet Review at Hampton Roads, Virginia. Coghlan was decommissioned at Philadelphia in May 1930 and sold for scrap in January 1931, in compliance with the London Treaty to limit and reduce naval armament.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Coghlan (DD-326)
Using asbestos-containing materials in the design of marine vessels was required by the US Congress in the 1930s, after a fire at sea on a cruise ship killed 137 passengers and crew. Navy ships like Coghlan installed asbestos-containing materials in great quantities, especially in boilers and engine spaces, and to insulate pipes throughout the vessel.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-326.
http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd326txt.htm Retrieved 4 January 2011.
NavSource Naval History, USS Coghlan (DD-326).
http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/326.htm Retrieved 4 January 2011.