USS Tucker (Destroyer No. 57) runs trials.
Tucker class
Overall length increased to more than 315 feet beginning with the Tucker class of fiscal year 1914. Again, Congress authorized six ships (torpedo boat destroyers Nos. 57–62): Tucker from Fore River, Conyngham and Porter from Cramp, Wadsworth from Bath and Jacob Jones and Wainwright from New York Shipbuilding.

Length: 315' 5" overall.

Beam: 30' 6-1/2" extreme.

Displacement: 1,050 long tons normal.

Draft: 9' 4-1/2" mean.

Propulsion machinery: geared steam turbines; 17,000 shp; 2 shafts.

Designed speed: 29.5 knots.

Fuel bunkerage: 307 tons.

Designed complement: 6 officers; 95 enlisted.


Torpedo battery: 8 x 21-inch torpedo tubes in four trainable twin mounts.

Gun battery: 4 x 4-inch/50 caliber rapid fire guns in single pedestal mounts.

Wadsworth introduced reduction gearing on its main turbines and lacked separate cruising engines. The other five ships retained a geared cruising turbine for one of their two shafts.

The six ships commissioned in 1915–16 and served in World War I. Jacob Jones was sunk. The other five were placed in reserve.

In 1924, Conyngham and Porter were recommissioned as CG 2 and CG 7 and loaned to the Coast Guard to assist in enforcing the Prohibition Act; Tucker followed in 1926 as CG 23. All operated against rum runners until the Prohibition Act was repealed in 1933. They returned to reserve and, like other 1,000-tonners, were held there until they were scrapped in the mid-1930s.

1 Bureau of Construction and Repair’s General Information book for USS Tucker.
2 Bauer and Roberts.