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Laid down, 11 November 1913, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.


Launched, 2 March 1913.


Commissioned USS Melville (Destroyer Tender #2), 3 December 1915, CDR. Henry B. Price in command.


Designated (AD-2), 17 July 1920.


Decommissioned, 9 August 1946.


Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947.


Turned over to the Maritime Commission, 30 March 1948 for disposal.


Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 August 1948, to Patapaco Scrap Corp., Baltimore, MD.


Displacement 7,700 t.


Length 417' 3".


Beam 54' 4".


Draft 20'.


Speed 14.7 kts (trial)


Complement officers 34 enlisted 391.


Armament two single 5".51 cal. dual purpose gun mounts four single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts two twin 40mm AA gun mounts three 3-pdrs (removed) one 18"tt (removed)


Largest boom capacity 8 t.


Ship's Service Generators two turbo-drive 250Kw 120V D.C.


Fuel Capacity NFSO 6,560 Bbls.


Propulsion one New York Shipbuilding Parsons-design turbine two Thorny boilers 250psi Sat. single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear single propeller, 4,000shp.


Melville got underway 12 January 1942 for Europe, reaching Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 31 January to begin tending escort ships of Allied convoys crossing the submarine infested Atlantic. In the next 2 years she also based at Hvalfjordur, Iceland; Recife, Brazil, and Rosneath, Scotland, as well as Newport and Casco Bay, while continuing support services for warships ranging from battleships to landing craft and minesweepers


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