USS Bush (DD-166)

USS Bush (DD-166) was a Wickes class destroyer that had a very short active career after the First World War then spent fourteen years out of commission before being scrapped.

USS Bush (DD-166), Boston, 20 February 1919
USS Bush (DD-166),
Boston, 20 February 1919

The Bush was named after William Sharp Bush, a US Marine who was killed during an attack on HMS Guerriere during the War of 1812.

The Bush was launched by the Fore River Shipbuilding Co of Quincy, Mass, on 27 October 1918 and commissioned on 19 February 1919. She joined Destroyer Squadron 3 of the Atlantic Fleet and operated along the east coast with that unit until 29 November 1919.

She then joined Squadron 1, Flotilla 7, with a reduced commission at Charleston. She remained in the reserve until the summer of 1920 when she was reactivated and used to carry out training cruises for the Naval Reserve. For the next two years she spent the summer at Newport, Rhode Island and the winters at Charleston.

Amongst her crew in c.1921-22 was Robert P. Briscoe, who went on to hold flag rank during the Korean War.

The Bush was decommissioned on 21 June 1922 and sold for scrap on 8 September 1936.

Displacement (standard)


Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

35kts design
34.81kts at 27,350shp at 1,236t on trial (Kimberly)


2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
27,000shp design


2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt


 - deck



314ft 4.5in


30ft 11.5in


Four 4in/ 50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedo tubes in four triple mountings
Two 1-pounder AA guns
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement



27 October 1918


19 February 1919


21 June 1922


8 September 1936

U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History, Norman Friedmann . The standard history of the development of American destroyers, from the earliest torpedo boat destroyers to the post-war fleet, and covering the massive classes of destroyers built for both World Wars. Gives the reader a good understanding of the debates that surrounded each class of destroyer and led to their individual features.
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (5 March 2018), USS Bush (DD-166) ,

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