USS Renshaw (DD-176)

USS Renshaw (DD-176) was a Wickes class destroyer that had a very brief active career at the start of the 1920s.

The Renshaw was named after Richard T. Renshaw, a US naval officer who served during the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron during the American Civil War and William B. Renshaw, a nofficer who served under Admiral Farragut during the Civil War.

USS Renshaw (DD-176) with Des Div 22, c.1921-22
USS Renshaw (DD-176)
with Des Div 22,

The Renshaw was laid down at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, on 8 May 1918, launched on 21 September 1918 and commissioned on 31 July 1919. She joined the Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet, and entered service in time to take part in the fleet review in Monterey Bay carried out to celebrate the formation of the Pacific Fleet. She then  moved to her active base at San Diego. She was used for training exercises, as well as carrying prisoners and performing dispatch duty.

In January 1920 she was part of Destroyer Division 22 (USS Rizal (DD-174); USS Renshaw (DD-176); USS O'Bannon (DD-177); USS Hogan (DD-178); and USS MacKenzie (DD-175))

Between 25 March and 28 April 1920 the Renshaw, with Destroyer Flotilla 11, visited Hawaii. Between 16 December 1920 and 4 April 1921 she underwent an overhaul at Puget Sound, then returned to the Destroyer Force. In January 1922 she was used to calibrate radio compasses for the 12th Naval District.

22nd Destroyer Division, 1919
22nd Destroyer Division, 1919

The Renshaw was decommissioned on 27 May 1922. In 1936 she was disposed of under the terms of the London Naval Treaty. She was struck off on 19 May 1936 and sold for scrap on 29 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


Laid down

8 May 1918


21 September 1918


31 July 1919


27 May 1922

Struck off

19 May 1936


29 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 (9 May 2018), USS Renshaw (DD-176) ,

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