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This Month in Naval History
USS Nicholsan DD-52

Nicholsan II
(DD-52: dp. 1,050; 1. 305'3"; b. 29'10"; d. 9'3"; s. 29 k.; cpl. 112; a. 4 4", 1 3", 4 21" tt.; cl. O'Brien)

History of the Nicholson

The second Nicholson (DD-52) was laid down 8 September 1913 by William Cramp and Sons Shipyard, Philadelphia; launched 19 August 1914; sponsored by Mrs. Charles T. Tavlor; and commissioned 30 April 1915, Lt. Comdr. A. T. Watson in command.

After shakedown in the North Atlantic, N*holson operated in the Caribbean and along the east coast until the United States entered World War I. N*holson sailed from New York 15 May 1917, arrived Queenstown, Ireland, 24 Mav, and began escorting convoys in the Irish Sea. Her aid to SS ]. L. Luckenbach after the merchantman had been shelled by a U-boat enabled the damaged ship to rejoin the convoy and enter port safely.

From February to November 1918, N*holson escorted convoys along the Freneh coast from her base at Brest. She arrived New York 10 January 1919 for east coast operations until going into reserve at Philadelphia 27 November 1919.

From May 1921 to 26 May 1922, Nicolson was reactivated with a reduced complement, then decommissioned at Philadelphia. Struck from the Navy List 7 January 1936, she was sold for scrapping 30 June 1936.


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