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USS Beale (DD-40)
USCGD Beale (CG-9) in port, in the 1920s (200512-G-G0000-0004)
USS Beale in Coast Guard service
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Name: USS Beale
Namesake: Edward Fitzgerald Beale
Launched: 30 April 1912
Commissioned: 30 August 1912
Decommissioned: 25 October 1919
Fate: Transferred to the United States Coast Guard
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Name: USCGC Beale (CG-9)
Commissioned: 26 October 1924
Decommissioned: 1 June 1930
Fate: Returned to the Navy and sold for scrap in 1934.
General characteristics
Class & type: Paulding-class destroyer
Displacement: 742 tons
Length: 293 ft 11 in (89.59 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft: 9 ft 6 in (2,900 mm)
Speed: 29.7 kn (34.2 mph; 55.0 km/h)
Complement: 83 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 6 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Beale (DD-40), a Paulding-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I and later in the United States Coast Guard, designated CG-9. She was the first ship of the Navy to be named for Edward Fitzgerald Beale.

Beale was launched on 30 April 1912 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; sponsored by Mrs. John R. McLean, daughter of Lieutenant Beale; and commissioned 30 August 1912, Lieutenant, junior grade C. T. Blackburn in command.

World War IEdit

USS Beale (DD-40) at Key West

Beale at Key West, Florida.

Beale joined the 5th Group, Torpedo Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, and cruised along the Atlantic coast and in Mexican and Caribbean waters until placed in reserve on 13 December 1915. Reactivated - with a reduced crew - on 5 January 1916, she served on Neutrality Patrol along the Atlantic coast until placed in full commission on 22 March 1917. Joining the Atlantic Destroyer Force, she arrived at Queenstown, Ireland on 5 February 1918.

Inter-war periodEdit

Beale operated out of Queenstown on convoy and patrol duty until the end of World War I. She returned to the United States in December 1918 and served with the Atlantic Fleet until placed out of commission in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard on 25 October 1919. Reactivated in 1924, Beale was transferred to the Coast Guard on 28 April 1924 for use in enforcing the Prohibition Act. She was returned to the Navy on 18 October 1930 and was laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard until scrapped in 1934.


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