USS Conyngham (DD-58)

USS Conyngham (DD-58) was a Tucker class destroyer that served from Queenstown in 1917-18 then with the US Coast Guard from 1924-1933.

The Conyngham was named after Gustavus Conyngham, a US Naval officer during the War of Independence who served as a commerce raider, fought in the Quasi-War with France and helped defend Philadelphia during the War of 1812.

The Conyngham was launched by Cramps of Philadelphia on 8 July 1915 and commissioned on 21 January 1916. She made 29.10 knots on trials on 7 December 1915. She spent the rest of 1916 operating off the US East Coast, before moving to the Caribbean early in 1917.

USS Conyngham (DD-58), Boston, 11 February 1919
USS Conyngham (DD-58),
Boston, 11 February 1919

On 23 March she returned to Norfolk, where she joined Wadsworth (DD-60) and Sampson (DD-63) in the 5th Naval District Patrol Force, operating off the approaches to Chesapeake Bay.

After the US entry into the First World War in April 1917 the Conyngham was selected to join the first group of US destroyers sent to European waters. She left Boston on 24 April 1917 and was based at Queenstown, Ireland, for the rest of the war. She carried out a mix of anti-submarine patrols, rescue missions and escort duties.

On 17 August 1917 she rescued 39 survivors from the British merchant ship Karina, sunk by torpedoes.

On 19 October 1917 she depth charged a submarine that had just torpedoed the British ship Orama. Her commanding officer was commended for his actions, although the U-boat escaped.

On 22 November 1917 she rescued 30 survivors from the British ship Hartland.

USS Conyngham (DD-58) at Sea, 1916
USS Conyngham (DD-58) at Sea, 1916

Anyone who served on her between 4 May 1917 and 11 November 1918 qualified for the First World War Victory Medal.

The Conyngham left Queenstown for the United States on 14 December 1918. She underwent an overhaul at Boston, but then spent the next three years in the reserve. She put to sea twice - once for the fleet exercises of February-April 1919 and again to escort a Cuban warship that was carrying the body of former President Gomez back from Key West to Havana.

The Conyngham was decommissioned on 23 June 1922 but reactivated for service with the Coast Guard on 7 June 1924. She took part in the 'Rum Patrol' from then until 30 June 1933 when she was returned to the Navy and decommissioned. She was sold for scrap on 22 August 1934.

Displacement (design standard)

1,090t (DD-57 to DD-59)
1,060t (DD-60)
1,150t (DD-61 to DD-62)

Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

29.5kts at 17,000-18,000shp
29.56kt at 16,399shp at 1,103tons on trial (Tucker)


2-shaft Curtis turbines
4 boilers
17,000shp apart from
18,000shp (DD-58, DD-59)
17,500shp (DD-60)


2,500nm at 20kts (design)


315ft 3in


30ft 6in (DD-58, DD-59, DD-51)
29ft 9in (DD-57, DD-60, DD-62)


Four 4in/50 guns
Eight 21in torpedo tubes in twin mountings
Depth charges

Crew complement



8 July 1915


21 January 1916


Sold for scrap 1934

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 (28 September 2016), USS Conyngham (DD-58) ,

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