U.S.S. Manley (1917)

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U.S.S. Manley (1917)
Hull Number: DD-74
Builder: Bath Iron Works[1]
Laid down: 22 Aug, 1916[2]
Launched: 23 Aug, 1917[3]
Commissioned: 15 Oct, 1917[4]
Decommissioned: 14 Jun, 1922[5]
Stricken: 5 Dec, 1945[6]
Fate: as DD-74
U.S.S. Manley was one of six Caldwell class destroyers completed for the U.S. Navy.


Manley was commissioned on 15 October, 1917 with Commander Robert L. Berry in command. She sailed for Queenstown to assist in convoy work.

On 19 March, 1918, she rolled against the British armed merchant cruiser Motagua and her depth charges exploded, killing thirty-four of her crew and wrecking her stern. A ruinous gas fire followed. The sloop H.M.S. Tamarisk came alongside and tried to put a towline on board, but failed. Manley remained adrift until British tugs Blazer and Cartmel took her in tow after daylight on 20 March. She reached Queenstown at dusk the following day with more than seventy feet of her hull awash or completely under water.

World War II

In World War II, she would serve as a high-speed transport under the designation APD-1.


See Also


  1. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 430.
  2. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 430.
  3. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 430.
  4. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 430.
  5. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 430.
  6. Friedman. U.S. Destroyers. p. 430.


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