U.S.S. Tingey (1901)

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U.S.S. Tingey (1901)
Hull Number: TB-34
Builder: Columbian Iron Works[1]
Ordered: Act of 4 May, 1898[2]
Laid down: 29 March, 1899[3]
Launched: 25 March, 1901[4]
Commissioned: 7 January, 1904[5]
Decommissioned: 30 January, 1919[6]
Stricken: 28 October, 1919[7]
Sold: 10 March, 1920[8]
U.S.S. Tingey was a torpedo boat completed for the U.S. Navy in 1904.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships

Tingey was laid down on 29 March, 1899 at the Columbian Iron Works, Baltimore. She was launched on 25 March, 1901, sponsored by Miss Anna T. Craven, the great-great-granddaughter of Commodore Thomas Tingey.


Tingey was commissioned at Norfolk, on 7 January, 1904, Lieutenant John F. Marshall, Jr. in command. After commissioning she joined the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla at its base at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Tingey remained there for the first third of her Navy career. For the most part, she lay tied up at pierside. But, periodically she got underway to insure her material readiness should a need for her services ever arise. By 1908, she was reassigned to the 3d Torpedo Flotilla, but she remained relatively inactive at Norfolk. In 1909, she was listed as a unit of the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet. However, all three organizations to which she was assigned appear simply to have been different names for the same duty—lying at pierside in reserve.

Late in 1909, Tingey moved south from Norfolk to Charleston, where she was promptly placed in reserve again on 22 December, 1909. The torpedo boat remained at Charleston, in various conditions of reserve, but apparently always still in commission. Infrequently, she got underway to test her machinery. Tragedy struck on 3 October, 1911 when during one such voyage one of Tingey's boilers exploded, killing three of her crew.[9]

In 1917, Tingey moved north to the Philadelphia Navy Yard where she was placed out of commission on 8 March, 1917. A month later on 7 April, 1917, she was recommissioned and moved further north to patrol the coastal waters of the First Naval District during the period the United States participated in World War I.

In September 1918, the torpedo boat's name was cancelled so that it could be given to Destroyer No. 272, one of the new Clemson-class destroyers. The older vessel then became Coast Torpedo Boat No. 17.

Two months later, Germany sued for the armistice which ended hostilities. Coast Torpedo Boat No. 17 was subsequently placed out of commission at Philadelphia on 30 January, 1919, and she was struck from the Navy list on 28 October, 1919. On 10 March, 1920 she was sold to the Independent Pier Co., of Philadelphia.


Dates of appointment are provided when known.


  • three 1-pdr guns
  • three 18-in torpedo tubes, one on centreline aft, and one on each broadside between second and third funnels

See Also


  1. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 162.
  2. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 162.
  3. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 162.
  4. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 162.
  5. Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. p. 162.
  6. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 40.
  7. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 40.
  8. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 40.
  9. Silverstone. The New Navy. p. 40.
  10. Register of Officers, 1908. pp. 34, 212.
  11. Register of Officers, 1909. p. 32.
  12. Register of Officers, 1919. pp. 68-69.


  • Chesneau, Robert; Kolesnik, Eugene (editors) (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860–1905. London: Conway Maritime Press. (on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk).
  • Friedman, Norman (1985). U.S. Destroyers: An Illustrated Design History. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. (on Amazon.com).
  • Silverstone, Paul H. (2006). The U.S. Navy Warship Series: The New Navy 1883-1922. New York: Routledge.

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