USS Goldsborough (DD-188) was a Clemson-class destroyer constructed for the US Navy during World War II. She was the second of three naval vessels to be named in honor of Rear Admiral Louis M. Goldsborough, who served as a rear admiral during the Civil War. Goldsborough was also well known for the contributions to nautical scientific research.
Goldsborough was launched by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia on November 20, 1918. She was sponsored by Miss Lucetta Pennington Goldsborough, the daughter of Rear Admiral Goldsborough. Commander Francis M. Robinson took command of Goldsborough on January 26, 1920.
Following her commissioning, Goldsborough joined Division 25, Squadron 3, US Atlantic Fleet. After completing training in Guantanamo Bay, Goldsborough returned to New York for tactics and maneuvers off the New England Coast. On January 5, 1921, she joined the combined Battle Fleet off Cuba, after which she sailed to Callao, Peru and back to Guantanamo Bay. Goldsborough entered Philadelphia Navy Yard on April 28 for inactivation, after which she was decommissioned on July 14, 1922. On November 1939, she was redesignated AVP-18 before being recommissioned in the New York Navy Yard on July 1, 1940. One month later, Goldsborough was redesignated AVD-5.
Over the following years, Goldsborough served numerous roles in a variety of locations. These duties included serving on Neutrality Patrol in Puerto Rico and Cuba as well as serving the Patrol Wing Support Force, Patrol Squadrons, US Atlantic Fleet at Argentina and Greenland.
On June 17, 1942, Goldsborough entered Honduras with Commander Patrol Squadron 3. At this point, she engaged in special patrols, including searching for Axis submarine bases. On July 3, she departed for Jamaica, where she tended aircraft while also protecting convoys between the Panama Canal and Cuba. Goldsborough continued to escort seaplanes and other vessels throughout various waters until she was redesignated DD-188 on December 1, 1943.
Until she entered the Charleston Navy Yard on February 21, 1944, Goldsborough served with the Core task group. She was then converted to a high speed transport and then redesignated as APD-32 on March 7, 1944. On July 10, she was redesignated as destroyer DD-188 before she was decommissioned on October 11, 1945. Shortly after, her name was struck from the Navy List. Goldsborough was ultimately sold to Hugo Nuef Corporation for scrapping on November 21, 1946. She earned five battle stars for her service during World War II.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Goldsborough (DD-188)
The installation of asbestos fireproofing in the construction of all vessels was required by the US Congress in the early 1930s, after a fire at sea on a cruise ship caused the deaths of more than 100 passengers and crew. Goldsborough, like most Navy ships at the time, installed asbestos-containing materials heavily in engines and engineering compartments, as well as in fireproofing in other parts of the ship. When asbestos insulation is worn or damaged it can become friable, which means that individual fibers can break off and escape into the atmosphere, where they can be breathed in by sailors and dockworkers, increasing the odds of developing mesothelioma. The damage brought about by asbestos fibers happens when very small particles are inhaled; they can invade the mesothelial lining and occasionally other organs, causing development of scar tissue in the case of asbestosis and damage at the cellular level in the case of lung cancer and mesothelioma.
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Goldsborough. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center. (http://history.navy.mil/danfs/g6/goldsborough-ii.htm) Retrieved 24 December 2010