USS Tingey (DD-272)

USS Tingey (DD-272) was a Clemson class destroyer that had a brief career after the First World War, before being decommissioned in 1922 and sold for scrap in 1936.

The Tingey was named after Thomas Tingey, a British born sailor who served in the US Navy during the quasi-war with France then built the first Washington Navy Yard, later having to rebuild it after it was destroyed during the War of 1812.

USS Tingey (DD-272), Alaska, 1920s
USS Tingey (DD-272),
Alaska, 1920s

The Tingey was laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp at Quincy, Mass, on 8 August 1918. She was launched on 24 April 1919 and sponsored by Miss Mary Velora Arringdale. She was commissioned on 25 July 1919.

Towards the end of December 1919 the Tingey reached her new base at San Diego, where she joined Division 31, Squadron 2, Flotilla 10 of the Pacific Fleet. For the next two and a half years she operated from San Diego, normally with a half complement. She visited the coast of Mexico at least once, and also made at least one visit to Alaska, where she was photographed against a mountainous backdrop.

The Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships places her with Destroyer Division Thirty-One in 1922, made up of Bailey (DD-269), Thornton(DD-270), Morris (DD-271), Tingey (DD-272), Swasey (DD-273) and Meade (DD-274). However it also states that she was moved to Division 29, Squadron late in 1921.

By 1922 the US Navy could no longer afford to operate its massive new destroyer force, and so a large number of ships were decommissioned. The Tingey was amongst them, and was decommissioned at San Diego on 24 May 1922. Unlike many of her sister ships she was never recommissioned, but remained in the reserve for fourteen years. She was finally struck off on 19 May 1936 and sold for scrap on 29 September 1936.

Displacement (standard)


Displacement (loaded)


Top Speed

35.51kts at 24,890shp at 1,107t on trial (Preble)


2-shaft Westinghouse geared tubines
4 boilers
27,000shp (design)


2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt


 - deck



314ft 4in


30ft 10.5in


Four 4in/ 50 guns
One 3in/23 AA gun
Twelve 21in torpedoes in four triple mountings
Two depth charge tracks
One Y-Gun depth charge projector

Crew complement



24 April 1919


25 July 1919

Sold for scrap

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 (25 March 2020), USS Tingey (DD-272) ,

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