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USS Mayrant (DD-31)
USS Mayrant (DD-31)
USS Mayrant DD-31
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Name: USS Mayrant
Builder: William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 22 April 1909
Launched: 23 April 1910
Sponsored by: Mrs. I. B. Beard
Commissioned: 21 July 1911
Decommissioned: 20 May 1915
Recommissioned: 2 January 1918
Decommissioned: 12 December 1919
Reclassified: DD-31, 17 July 1920
Struck: 8 March 1935
Fate: Sold, 28 June 1935
General characteristics
Class & type: Paulding-class destroyer
Displacement: 742 long tons (754 t)
Length: 293 ft 11 in (89.59 m)
Beam: 26 ft 11 in (8.20 m)
Draft: 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m)
Propulsion: Oil burner
Speed: 29.5 kn (33.9 mph; 54.6 km/h)
Complement: 89 officers and enlisted
Armament: 5 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 6 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Mayrant (DD-31) was a modified Paulding-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was named for Captain John Mayrant.

Mayrant was laid down on 22 April 1909 by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; launched on 23 April 1910; sponsored by Mrs. I. B. Beard, great-great-granddaughter of Captain Mayrant; and commissioned on 12 July 1911, Lieutenant Commander C. P. Nelson in command.

Pre-World War IEdit

Following her shakedown, Mayrant operated briefly off the New England coast before departing Newport, Rhode Island for a southerly cruise in late October. She arrived at Guantanamo Bay on 9 January 1912, participated in winter exercises in the Caribbean and then, as a unit of the Torpedo Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, remained in the area, calling at various gulf and Caribbean ports, until spring. Returning to Newport on 14 May, she continued to operate off the east coast and in the Caribbean until 1915. Then, after completion of the 1915 winter exercises off Cuba, she steamed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for overhaul prior to decommissioning on 20 May. On 9 November, she was moved to Philadelphia where she was berthed.

World War IEdit

Mayrant was recommissioned on 2 January 1918 and joined the wartime fleet in the spring. She was employed as an escort ship, operating along the coast and across the Atlantic. Following the Armistice, she cruised south for winter maneuvers and then cruised off the middle Atlantic coast until entering the Navy Yard at Charleston, South Carolina, for a second pre-inactivation overhaul on 21 June 1919. Departing Charleston on 16 July she sailed back to Philadelphia where she decommissioned for a final time on 12 December 1919.

Inter-war periodEdit

Designated DD-31, on 17 July 1920, she remained berthed at Philadelphia as a unit of the Reserve Fleet until 1935. On 8 March, she was struck from the Naval Register; on 28 June, she was sold to M. Block & Company, Norfolk, Virginia; and on 21 August, her bulk was scrapped.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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