USS Sturtevant (i) (DD 240)
Destroyer of the Clemson class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Built by||New York Shipbuilding Corp. (Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||23 Nov 1918|
|Launched||29 Jul 1919|
|Commissioned||21 Sep 1920|
|Lost||26 Apr 1942|
Decommissioned 30 January 1931
Commands listed for USS Sturtevant (i) (DD 240)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Albert Edmondson Jarrell, USN||26 Sep 1939||27 Nov 1940|
|2||Lt.Cdr. William Stamps Howard, Jr., USN||27 Nov 1940||27 Jan 1941|
|3||Lt. Edwin Elmer Lord, 3rd, USN||27 Jan 1941||26 Feb 1941|
|4||Lt.Cdr. William Stamps Howard, Jr., USN||26 Feb 1941||9 Dec 1941|
|5||Lt. Claude Lee Weigle, USN||9 Dec 1941||26 Apr 1942|
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Notable events involving Sturtevant (i) include:
8 Dec 1940
HMS Diomede (Capt. J.W. Farquhar, RN) intercepts the German passenger / cargo ship Idarwald (5033 GRT, built 1923) off Cape Corrientes, Cuba. Unfortunately before the German ship can be captured it is set on fire by her crew and finally sank on December 9th.
At 1320R/8, HMS Diomede sighted an US 4-stack destroyer (USS Sturtevant) escorting a merchant vessel. Course was set to intercept and speed increased to 25 knots.
At 1409R/8, a round was fired across the merchant ship bows which by now had been identified as the Idarwald. The German ship was already on fire and was being abandoned. After picking up her crew HMS Diomede went alongside. Although the fire in the engine room was soon under control, other fires were not. Also the ship was still flooding despite the use of a submersible pump. At dark HMS Diomede cast off and stood by.
At dawn on the 9th preparations were made to take the ship in tow but the ship was settling too quickly and she finally sank at 1252R/9.
HMS Diomede then set course for Kingston, Jamaica where she was to fuel and land the survivors, 45 in total, 5 of which were injured. (1)
6 Apr 1942
USS Sturtevant picks up 38 survivors from the American tanker Catahoula that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-154 off the northwest coast of the Dominican Republic in position 19°16'N, 68°12'W.
USS Sturtevant also picks up 39 survivors from the American tanker Comol Rico that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day by German U-boat U-154 225 nautical miles north of San Juan, Puerto Rico in position 20°46'N, 66°46'W.
- ADM 199/367
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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