US Navy Ships Named for People of the State of Maine

(The list is not complete and will be updated periodically.
Last update 03/25/05)

The associations of the ship's namesake with the State of Maine are taken mostly from the ship histories printed in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (on-line version). Information for newer ships comes from a variety of public sources.

Maine Streamer
= Indicates vessel is in commission or service as of October 2001.
= Indicates that the name was assigned, but that the vessel was never in commission or in service with that name.
= Indicates the vessel was built in Maine (includes those built at Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Ship Yard which is actually in Kittery, ME.)

USS Abnaki (ATF-96), Cherokee class, com. 1943 decom. 1978, 3 Korean War Battle Stars.

Named for the Abnaki Indian Tribe.
USS Admiral C. F. Hughes (AP-124), Admiral W. S. Benson class, com. 1945 decom. 1946 (transferred to the Army), reacquired by the Navy as General Edwin D. Patrick (T-AP-124) 1950, placed in ready reserve status 1968.
As the General Edwin D. Patrick, the ship earned 3 Korean War Battle Stars.

Named for Admiral Charles F.Hughes, USN, Chief of Naval Operations 1927-30, b. 1866, Bath, Maine d. 1934.
USS Albert W. Grant (DD-649), Fletcher class, com. 1943 decom. 1945, 7 World War II Battle Stars. Photo and Destroyers On-Line.

Named for Rear Admiral Albert W. Grant, USN, b. 1856, East Benton, Maine d. 1930.
USS Alden, Destroyer No. 211, Clemson class, com. 1919, reclassified DD-211 1920, decom. 1945, 3 World War II Battle Stars. Photo, photo and info, and Tin Can Sailors Association.

Named for Rear Admiral James Alden, Jr., USN, b. 1810, Portland, Maine d. 1877.
USS Charles F. Hughes (DD-428), Benson class, com. 1940 decom. 1946, 4 World War II Battle Stars.

Named for Admiral Charles F.Hughes, USN, Chief of Naval Operations 1927-30, b. 1866, Bath, Maine d. 1934.
USS William Conway:

  I (DD-70), Caldwell class, com. 1919 as USS Craven decom. 1922, renamed Conway in 1939, recom. 1940 decom 1940 (Lend-lease).

 II (DD-507),, Fletcher class, com. 1942 decom. 1946, recom. 1950 (DDE-507) decom. ~ 1970. Bath Iron Works Hull 196.
Links: Photo and some more photos, photos and info, and Destroyers On-Line.
USS CONWAY (DD-507) Association.

Named for William Conway, quartermaster, b. Camden, Maine.
USS Joseph Saville Cony (DD-508), Fletcher class, com. 1942 decom. 1946, recom. 1947 (DDE-508) decom. ~ 1970, 11 WWII Battle Stars, 2 Korean War Battle Stars. Bath Iron Works Hull 197.
Links: Photo, another Photo, and a few more photos, and photo and info.

Named for Joseph Saville Cony, naval officer, b. 1834, Eastport, Maine d. 1867.

USS Decker (DE-47), Evarts class, com. 1943 decom. 1948, 1 World War II Battle Star. Photo and another photo with info.

Named for LTJG Ernest Elden Decker, USNR, KIA, b. 1913, Portland, Maine d. 1942 Solomon Islands.
USS Dorethea L. Dix (AP-67), C3-E type, com. 1942 decom. 1946, 5 World War II Battle Stars.

Named for Dorethea L. Dix, Humanitarian, b. 1802, Hampden, Maine d. 1887.
USS Elliot (DD-967), Spruance class, com. 1977. Home Page.

Named for LCDR Arthur J. Elliot, II, USN, KIA, Bronze Star for heroic achievement in Vietnam, b. 1933 Rockland Maine d. 1968 Mekong Delta Vietnam.
USS General Knox, Schooner-rigged Barge, com. 1917 decom. 1919.

Named for General and Secretary of War Henry Knox, resident of Thomaston, Maine.
USS General M. L. Hersey (AP-148), General G. O. Squier class, com. 1944 decom. 1946, in-service 1950 out-of-service 1954, 1 World War II Battle Star, 2 Korean War Battle Stars.

Named for Major General M. L. Hersey, USA, CG 4th Division AEF, b. 1863, Stetson, Maine d. 1934.
USNS Gordon (T-AKR 296), Gordon class, placed in-service 1996.

Named for MSGT Gary I. Gordon, USA, KIA MOH, b. Lincoln, Maine d. 1993, Mogadishu, Somalia.
USS Hale:

 I, DD-133, Wickes class, com. 1919 decom. 1922, recom. 1930 decom. 1937, recom. 1939 decom. 1940 (Lend-lease). Bath Iron Works Hull 80.

II, DD-642 , Fletcher class, com. 1943 decom. 1947, recom. 1951 decom. 1960. 6 World War II Battle Stars. Info and Bath Iron Works Hull 211

Named for Eugene Hale, US Senator, b. 1836, Turner, Maine, d. 1918.
USS Heywood, (AP-12, former SS City of Baltimore), com. 1940., converted to APA-6 in 1943, decom. 1946. 7 World War II Battle Stars.

Heywood was also assigned to AP-2.

Named for Major General Charles Heywood, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps 1891-1903, b. 1839 in Maine, d. 1915.

USS Long, (DD-209), Clemson class, com. 1919 decom. 1922, recom. 1930, reclassified DMS-12 1940, sunk by the enemy January 1944 Lingayen Gulf. 9 World War II Battle Stars. Photo, More Photos.

Named for John Davis Long, Secretary of the Navy 1897-1902, b. 1838 Buckfield, Maine d. 1915.
Madokawando (YF-180), Woban class, placed in-service 1943, reclassified YTM-180 1962, out-of-service 1983.

Named for chief of Penobscot Indian tribe (ABT 1630).
USS O'Brien:

  I TB-30, com. 1904 decom. ~1909.

 II DD-51, O'Brien class, com. 1915 decom. 1922.

III DD-415, Sims class, com. 1940 lost as a result of enemy action 1942. 1 World War II Battle Star.

 IV DD-725, Allen M. Sumner class, com. 1944 decom. 1947, recom. 1950 decom. 1972. Battle Stars: 6 World War II, 5 Korean War, and 8 Vietnam War.DD-725 Page. Bath Iron Works Hull 226. Photo & info.

  V DDG-975, Spruance class, com. 1977. DDG-975 Homepage, Gulf War.

Named for Captain Jeremiah O'Brien of Machias Maine. During the American Revolution, he and his five brothers led the capture of HMS Margarett at the entrance to the harbor of Machias, Maine.
Orono (YTB-190), Woban class, placed in service 1943, reclassified as YTM-190 1962, placed out of service by 1975.
Named for a Penosbscot chief, a supporter of the American Revolution.
USS Penobscot:

  I Screw Gunboat, com. 1862 decom. 1865.

 II SP-982 (former Luckenbach No. 5), placed in service 1917, redesignated YT-42 ~1919, redesignated YTB-42 1944, placed out of service 1945.

III ATA-188, Sotoyomo class, placed in service 1944, placed out of service 1975.

Named for an Indian Tribe of Eastern Maine.

USS Phelps (DD-360), Porter class, com. 1936 decom. 1945.
12 World War II Battle Stars. Photo & Info, Destoyers On-Line, and USS Phelps Homepage.

Named for Thomas Stowell Phelps, USN, Rear Admiral 1884, b. 1822 Buckfield, Maine d. 1901.
USS Preble:

  I Sloop, com. 1813 decom. ~1814-1815.

 II Sloop of War, com. 1840 destroyed by fire 1863.

III Torpedo Boat Destoyer 12, Bainbridge class, com. 1903 decom. 1919.

 IV DD-345, Clemson class, com. 1920, reclassified DM-20 1937, redesignated AG-99 1945, decom. 1945. WW II Info.

  V DLG-15, Coontz class, com. 1960 decom. 1969, recom. 1970. reclassified DDG-46 1975, decom. 1994. DDG-46 Homepage, Gulf War.

  VI DDG-88, Arleigh Burke class, com. TBD.
Named for Captain Edward Preble, USN, commmodore of Tripoli squadron (1803-04), b. Falmouth (Portland), Maine 1761 d. Portland, Maine 1807.
USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG-29), Oliver Hazard Perry class, com. 1982. Bath Iron Works Hull 381.

Named for Ensign Stephen W. Groves, USNR, KIA/Navy Cross for heroism during the Battle of Midway, graduated Schenk High School, East Millinocket, Maine 1934, University of Maine 1939, d. 1942 Central Pacific.
USS Thatcher:

 I Destroyer No. 162, Wickes class, com. 1919, reclassified DD-162 1920, decom. 1940 (Lend-Lease to RCN as HMCS Niagara).

II DD-514, Fletcher class, com. 1943 decom. 1945. Bath Iron Works Hull No. 203. 12 World War II Battle Stars.

Named for Henry K. Thatcher, Rear Admiral (1866-1879), USN, b. Thomaston, Maine 1806 d. 1880.
USS Trathen (DD-530), Fletcher class, com. 1943 decom. 1965. 8 World War II Battle Stars, 1 Korean War Battle Stars.

Named for LCDR James Trathen, USN, Civil War naval officer, b. off the coast of Maine 1811 d. 1903.
USS Tucker:

 I Destroyer No. 57, Tucker class, com. 1916, reclassified DD-57 1920, decom. 1921, transferred to USCG (CG-23) 1926, transferred to USN 1933, name cancelled 1933.

II DD-374, Mahan class, com. 1936, lost to friendly mine 1942. 1 World War II Battle Star.

Named for Samuel Tucker, Continental Navy and privateer during the American Revolution, US Naval officer War of 1812, b. Marblehead, Massachusetts 1747 d. Bremen, Maine 1833 (farmed in Maine since 1792).
USS Wadsworth:

  I Destroyer No. 60 , Tucker class, com. 1915 decom. 1922. Bath Iron Works Hull 64.

 II (DD-516) , Fletcher class, com. 1943 decom. 1946, 7 World War II Battle Stars, Presidential Unit Citation. Info. Bath Iron Works Hull 205.

III (FFG-9) com. 1980. Photo

Named for Captain Alexander Scammel Wadsworth, USN, b. 1790, Portland, Maine d. 1851.
USS William V. Pratt (DLG-13)/(DDG-44), Farragut class, com. 1961 decom. 1972, recom. 1973 decom. 1991, 1 Vietnam War Battle Star. NVR Info, Gulf War

Named for Admiral William V. Pratt, USN, Chief of Naval Operations 1930-33, b. 1869, Belfast, Maine d. 1957.

Active US Coast Guard Vessels Named for People of the State of Maine

Marcus Hanna, (WLM-554), Keeper class Coastal Buoy Tender, com. 1998.

Named for Marcus Hanna, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, Keeper of Cape Elizabeth Light House and recipient of a gold lifesaving medal , b. 1842 Bristol, Maine.

World War II Liberty Ships Named for People of the State of Maine

(Maine-built were built at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland)

+ indicates sunk or damaged by enemy action

Name
Link to (names are
arranged alphabetically
by name
(first, middle, last):
Link to (names arranged
alphabetically
by last name):
JAMES G. BLAINE Ship History Namesake Info
JAMES BOWDOIN Ship History Namesake Info
JOSHUA L. CHAMBERLAIN Ship History Namesake Info
JOSEPH-AUGUSTIN CHEVALIER Ship History Namesake Info
JOHN CHANDLER Ship History Namesake Info
JEREMIAH L. CHAPLIN Ship History Namesake Info
OMAR E. CHAPMAN Ship History Namesake Info
GEORGE CLEEVE+ Ship History Namesake Info
NATHAN CLIFFORD Ship History Namesake Info
NATHANIEL CROSBY Ship History Namesake Info
HENRY DEARBORN Ship History Namesake Info
NELSON DINGLEY Ship History Namesake Info
J. H. DRUMMOND Ship History Namesake Info
JOHN FAIRFIELD Ship History Namesake Info
WILLIAM P. FESSENDEN Ship History Namesake Info
WILLIAM PIERCE FRYE+ Ship History Namesake Info
SILVESTOR GARDINER Ship History Namesake Info
FERDINANDO GORGES Ship History Namesake Info
EUGENE HALE Ship History Namesake Info
CYRUS HAMLIN Ship History Namesake Info
HANNIBAL HAMLIN Ship History Namesake Info
PARK HOLLAND Ship History Namesake Info
JOHN HOLMES Ship History Namesake Info
THOMAS W. HYDE Ship History Namesake Info
SARAH ORNE JEWETT Ship History Namesake Info
HENRY JOCELYN Ship History Namesake Info
EDWARD KAVANAGH Ship History Namesake Info
HENRY KNOX+ Ship History Namesake Info
HENRY W. LONGFELLOW Ship History Namesake Info
ELIJAH P. LOVEJOY Ship History Namesake Info
LOT MORRILL and LOT M. MORRILL Ship History Namesake Info
LILLIAN NORDICA Ship History Namesake Info
JEREMIAH O'BRIEN,
National Liberty Ship Memorial
Ship History Namesake Info
RICHARD O'BRIEN Ship History Namesake Info
GEORGE F. PATTEN Ship History Namesake Info
WILLIAM PEPPERELL Ship History Namesake Info
JOHN A. POOR Ship History Namesake Info
GEORGE POPHAM Ship History Namesake Info
EDWARD PREBLE Ship History Namesake Info
WILLIAM PITT PREBLE Ship History Namesake Info
THOMAS B. REED Ship History Namesake Info
EDWIN A. ROBINSON Ship History Namesake Info
ARTHUR SEWALL+ Ship History Namesake Info
HARRIETT BEECHER STOWE Ship History Namesake Info
GEORGE THACHER+ Ship History Namesake Info
PELEG WADSWORTH Ship History Namesake Info
GEORGE S. WASSON+ Ship History Namesake Info
WILLIAM WHIPPLE Ship History Namesake Info
(The list is not exhaustive or definitive, corrections and addtions are welcomed)
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