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PostPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2014 7:54 pm 
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USS Bainbridge (Destroyer # 1), 1902-1920

USS Bainbridge, a 420-ton destroyer that was the first of her class, and the first ship classified as a destroyer by the U.S. Navy, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commissioned in November 1902, she remained in reserve status until February 1903 and then operated with the North Atlantic Fleet. In December 1903 Bainbridge left the United States on a long voyage to the Philippines. Accompanied by four of her sister destroyers, she steamed across the Atlantic, transited the Mediterranean, passed through the Suez Canal and crossed the Indian Ocean, arriving at Cavite, near Manila, in April 1904. She served in the Far East for the next thirteen years, mainly in the Philippine Islands and along the China coast.

Bainbridge left Asian waters in August 1917 to reinforce the U.S. Navy's battle against the German U-Boats in the eastern Atlantic. Between September 1917 and mid-1918 the destroyer operated in the vicinity of Gibraltar, escorting convoys and conducting patrols. She steamed across the Atlantic to Charleston, South Carolina, in July 1918 and spent the rest of World War I, and the early post-war months, serving along the U.S. East Coast. Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in July 1919, USS Bainbridge was sold for scrapping in early January 1920.

USS Bainbridge was named in honor of Commodore William Bainbridge (1774-1833), one of the leading figures of the early 19th Century U.S. Navy.

-Above text courtesy of the Naval History and Heritage Command, Online Library of Select Images.


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There are a couple of us researching these pioneering naval vessels and I figured this would be a good place to share what we find.

I have the ISW 1/350 offering and, several years ago, started building a Bainbridge and Truxtun both, in 1/192, using the old Edward Wiswesser drawings. I've found SEVERAL inaccuracies and errors in these drawings and am striving to "get it right"...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:45 am 
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Thanks for starting.

Here's a couple Bainbridge related links for posterity's sake. This is a good thread to centralize stuff.

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=155639

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=69&t=91740

I've been curious about colors she wore, and what mods, if any were done during here WWI service.

Ed Blesch


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navsource: http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/001.htm

There's also a build of the USS Decatur on the other side that was never completed. Still, it has a little bit of information on some details if you do a Google search.

Photobucket archive of some one else's build: http://media.photobucket.com/user/begar ... ml?filters[term]=dd1%20uss%20bainbridge&filters[primary]=images&filters[secondary]=videos&sort=1&o=7

I'm doing Bainbridge (DD-1) and will post photos as I figure out where the BRM kit (old Classic Warships kit) is missing details and/or is wrong. This kit appears to have traits from many of the sisters including the namesake and John Paul Jones.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:19 am 
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Chris E. wrote:
USS Bainbridge (Destroyer # 1), 1902-1920

USS Bainbridge, a 420-ton destroyer that was the first of her class, and the first ship classified as a destroyer by the U.S. Navy, was built at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Commissioned in November 1902, she remained in reserve status until February 1903 and then operated with the North Atlantic Fleet. In December 1903 Bainbridge left the United States on a long voyage to the Philippines. Accompanied by four of her sister destroyers, she steamed across the Atlantic, transited the Mediterranean, passed through the Suez Canal and crossed the Indian Ocean, arriving at Cavite, near Manila, in April 1904. She served in the Far East for the next thirteen years, mainly in the Philippine Islands and along the China coast.

There are a couple of us researching these pioneering naval vessels and I figured this would be a good place to share what we find.

I have the ISW 1/350 offering and, several years ago, started building a Bainbridge and Truxtun both, in 1/192, using the old Edward Wiswesser drawings. I've found SEVERAL inaccuracies and errors in these drawings and am striving to "get it right"...


Are you aware or in contact with Blue Ridge Models (Brandon is active on this board)? They appear to be planning a 1:350 release of DD1.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:53 pm 
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D Boy: The model in question that I am building is the BRM models variant. ISW's kit is more accurate for her 1917 fit, though I'm working with the older "as completed" look.

For those interested, I have side profile plans for her 1917 fit. If you're working with the ISW kit (or wish to do some scratch work with the BRM kit,) shoot me a PM.

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D-Boy wrote:

Are you aware or in contact with Blue Ridge Models (Brandon is active on this board)? They appear to be planning a 1:350 release of DD1.


Already out there and available since the beginning of the year: http://www.freetimehobbies.com/1-350-blue-ridge-models-uss-bainbridge-dd-1/


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Dboy, I did know this but thanks for the info because I'm sure that some don't know. Until a few weeks ago, I thought the ISW kit was the only game in town. Even then, I wasn't sure what fit or year that it portrayed.

s4usea, Thanks for posting that link. This is a good place for it... Any and all info on the ships and modeling reference is welcome! :thumbs_up_1:

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Dear all,
does anybody has shell expansion plan for his ship?
Or any similar. Does anybody know about some destroyer shipbuilding textbook from that time?
Google wasnt very satisfactory.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:15 pm 
Loose Cannon has two early DD kits at the Columbus Nats. They plan on releasing seven more early destroyers that range from DD-3 to USS Jouett DD-4? all in 1/700 scale.Etched brass included.


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