USS Mugford (DD-105)

USS Mugford (DD-105) was a Wickes class destroyer that served as a seaplane tender in the period immediately after the First World War.

The Mugford was named after Captain John Mugford, an  officer in the Continental Navy who was killed in battle in 1775.

The Mugford was laid down at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, on 20 December 1917, launched on 14 April 1918 and commissioned on 25 November 1918, with Lt. Commander John H. Everson in command.

USS Mugford (DD-105), 1920
USS Mugford (DD-105), 1920

The Mugford entered service in time to take part in the winter manoeuvres, joining the fleet off Guantanamo Bay in January 1919. Like the rest of the fleet she returned to the US East Coast for the summer of 1919. On 21 November she departed from Newport, Rhode Island, heading for San Diego, where she arrived on 22 December.

After her arrival in San Diego, the Mugford became the tender to a seaplane division. Between 10 December 1920 and December 1921 she was commanded by J. H. Towers, who later went on to command the first trans-Atlantic flight, carried out by a Curtiss NC flying boat in May 1919, became commander of the first American aircraft carrier, USS Langley, played a part in increasing the production levels of naval aircraft early in the Second World War, and became Commander Air Force, US Pacific Fleet.

The Mugford operated with her seaplanes along the California coast. She also paid two visits to the Panama Canal Zone, in December 1920 and January 1921. She was decommissioned on 7 June 1922 at San Diego, and remained in the reserve for the next decade and a half, before she was sold for scrap in 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


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 (31 May 2017),USS Mugford (DD-105) ,

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