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USS Wadsworth (DD-60)

USS Wadsworth (DD-60)

USS Wadsworth (DD-60) was a Tucker-class destroyer built for the US Navy prior to the United States entry into World War I. She was the first US Navy vessel to be named in honor of Alexander Scammel Wadsworth, who served as an officer during the War of 1812 and was later the Navy’s Inspector of Ordnance.

Construction

Wadsworth was laid down in February 1914 by the Bath Iron Works of Bath, Maine. Sponsored by Juanita Doane Wells, she was launched on April 29, 1915. Wadsworth measured more than 315 feet long and almost 30 feet abeam. Armed with eight 21-inch torpedo tubes and four 4-inch guns, Wadsworth was powered by two Curtis geared steam turbines. The steam turbines, which could move her at speeds of up to 29.5 knots, were a modification that differentiated Wadsworth from the other ships in her class. The success of the prototype significantly influenced the design of US destroyers after 1915.

Naval History

Wadsworth’s first duty was to serve on neutrality patrol in the Caribbean and off of the east coast. After the United States entry into World War I, Wadsworth became the flagship of the first US destroyer squadron to be sent overseas. With Queenstown, Ireland serving as her base, Wadsworth patrolled the Irish Sea. Within the first months of serving her duty, Wadsworth reported numerous encounters with U-boats. Although Wadsworth has no provable successes against German submarines, she made depth charge attacks on four separate occasions and there is strong evidence that at least two of these attempts were at least moderately successful. She also picked up survivors from HMS Paxton after the ship had been torpedoed and sunk on May 20.

Between June 24 and 27, Woodsworth helped to the first American troop convoy to Europe. She was then transferred to Brest, France in March 1918. She stayed there until the war ended, at which time she returned to the US and underwent an overhaul that took five months to complete. Wadsworth then assisted as the Navy attempted its first transatlantic flight in May by serving as a plane guard. After serving this duty, Wadsworth spent two years in reduced commission. She reactivated in May 1921, only to be decommissioned in June 1922. She then spent nearly 14 years at the Philadelphia Navy Yard before she was struck from the Naval Vessel Register in January 1936. Wadsworth was sold in June and subsequently scrapped in August.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Wadsworth (DD-60)

Navy ships like Wadsworth deployed asbestos insulation heavily in ship's boilers and engine spaces, and to insulate steam pipes throughout the vessel. The damage brought about by asbestos occurs when tiny fibers are inhaled or ingested; they can infiltrate the lungs and mesothelium and sometimes other organs, causing development of scar tissue in the case of pleural plaques and cellular damage in the case of mesothelioma.

If you or a loved one suffered an asbestos-related disease after serving on the USS Wadsworth, you may be entitled to compensation for you injury. Find out more by completing the form on this page. We'll send you a free information kit that talks about asbestos, its dangers, and your legal rights.

Sources

Sources

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.
http://www.history.navy.mil/danfs/w1/wadsworth-i.htm Retrieved 14 December 2010

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