The USS DeLong (DD-129) served in the US Navy for half a decade in the early 20th century before being wrecked in heavy fog. She was named for Lieutenant Commander George W. DeLong, who commanded the Jeannette Arctic exploring expedition from 1879-1881. DeLong, the second ship to bear the name, was built as a Wickes-class ship.
DeLong was laid down in Camden, New Jersey by the New York Shipbuilding Company in February 1918, launched in October 1918, and commissioned in September 1919 with Lieutenant Commander J.S. Spore in command. Carrying a crew of 101, DeLong had a displacement of 1,211 tons, was 314 feet, five inches long, and was armed with four 4-inch rapid-fire guns, two three-inch anti-aircraft guns, and twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes. She was powered by direct drive turbines and geared cruising turbines and had a cruising speed of 35 knots.
DeLong participated in fleet exercises at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and patrolled off Honduras in November and December 1919. In December, DeLong arrived in San Diego, California, and participated in maneuvers and torpedo practice. DeLong was put in reserve in June 1920 and overhauled at Mare Island Navy Yard.
In June 1921, DeLong returned to San Diego and operated with 50% of her compliment beginning in October 1921. She ran aground in heavy fog on December 1, 1921, at Halfmoon Bay, California, and was towed to Mare Island Navy Yard by a tug and destroyers Badger and Ballard. Damaged beyond repair, DeLong was decommissioned in March 1922 and sold in September.
Asbestos Risk on the USS DeLong (DD-129)
The installation of asbestos fireproofing in the design of naval ships was ordered by law in the United States in the 1930s, after a deadly fire aboard a cruise ship caused the deaths of 137 passengers and crew. DeLong, like most Navy ships at the time, deployed asbestos in great quantities, especially in boilers and engine spaces, and in fireproofing in all parts of the vessel. When asbestos is inhaled, tiny fibers find their way to the mesothelial layer, a paper-thin layer of cells which wraps around and buffers the heart, lung, and abdominal cavities, and in time this infiltration can cause mesothelioma.
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Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-129 (http://www.hazegray.org/danfs/destroy/dd129txt.htm) Retrieved 21 December 2010
NavSource Naval History, USS DeLong (DD-129).
(http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/129.htm) Retrieved 21 December 2010