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USS Crane (DD-109)

USS Crane (DD-109) was a Wickes class destroyer that entered service too late for the First World War, but that served with the Neutrality Patrol and off the US West Coast during the Second World War.

The Crane was named after a US Naval officer who served in the Barbary War and the War of 1812.

The Crane was launched at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp, San Francisco, on 4 July 1918 and commissioned on 18 April 1919 with Lt Commander W.F. Gresham in command.

The Crane left San Francisco on 21 April 1919 heading for the East Coast, and reached Newport, Rhode Island on 13 May. She carried out one brief tour of duty in European waters, leaving the United States on 5 June to visit Britain and France. She also provided part of the escort for the transport George Washington as she carried President Woodrow Wilson to the peace conference. The Crane reached New York on 27 July, less that two months after leaving US waters.

The Crane was allocated to the Pacific Fleet, and reached San Francisco on 1 September. She arrived in time for the Naval Review of 4 September 1919, when she hosted Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels. She then took part in exercises off the coast of Washington State, before she was placed into the reserve at San Diego on 26 January 1920. She emerged from time to time over the next two years to take part in manoeuvres, but was decommissioned on 7 June 1922.

The Crane was recommissioned on 18 December 1939 after the outbreak of the Second World War. She was allocated to the Neutrality Patrol in the Pacific, and carried out a mix of patrols and training cruises for Naval Reservists and Armed Guard crews for the next two years.

After the American entry into the war the Crane was used for a mix of anti-submarine patrols, escort duties, training exercises and to protect amphibious landing exercises on the west coast. On 22 April 1944 she was assigned to the West Coast Sound Training School at San Diego, one of two schools used for training in anti-submarine warfare, where she remained for the rest of the war.

On 2 October 1945 the Crane departed from San Diego for the last time. She reached Philadelphia on 19 October, where she was decommissioned on 14 November 1945 and sold for scrap on 1 November 1946.

Displacement (standard)

Displacement (loaded)

Top Speed

35kts design
34.81kts at 27,350shp at 1,236t on trial (Kimberly)


2 shaft Parsons turbines
4 boilers
27,000shp design


2,500nm at 20kts (design)

Armour - belt

- deck


314ft 4.5in


30ft 11.5in


Four 4in/ 50 guns
Twelve 21in torpedo tubes in four triple mountings
Two 1-pounder AA guns
Two depth charge tracks

Crew complement


Crane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Crane lived among the Boernician tribes of the ancient Scottish-English border region. The name derives from a nickname for a person whose was tall, and had long legs. This nickname derived from the Old English words cranuc, and cornuc, which mean crane.

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Early Origins of the Crane family

The surname Crane was first found in Suffolk, England, before the name made its way North to Scotland.

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Early History of the Crane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Crane research. Another 106 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1398 is included under the topic Early Crane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Crane Spelling Variations

Since medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, and since there were no consistent rules for the translation of rules from Gaelic to English, spelling variations are extremely common in Boernician names of this vintage. Crane has been spelled Crane, Craine, Crain, Cran, Crann, Crayne and others.

Early Notables of the Crane family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Crane family to Ireland

Some of the Crane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 63 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Crane migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crane Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Crane, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jasper Crane, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Richard Crane, aged 32, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Jasper Crane, a passenger on the "Hector," who settled in the New Haven Colony in 1637
  • Christian Crane, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1647 [1]
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Crane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Crane, who landed in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Josiah Crane, who landed in New York in 1752 [1]
  • Ludwick Crane, who arrived in New York in 1761 [1]
  • Matthew Crane, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1797 [1]
  • Waterman Crane, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [1]
Crane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samson J Crane, who landed in America in 1811 [1]
  • Solomon Crane, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • James Crane, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1822 [1]
  • Moses Crane, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1828 [1]
  • Martin Crane, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1828 [1]
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Crane migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Crane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Crane, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mrs. Elisha Crane U.E. who settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario c. 1783 [2]
  • Mr. John Crane U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783 [2]
Crane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Dominick Crane, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1838
  • Mr. Denis Crane, aged 22 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "John Munn" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]
  • Mr. Edward Crane who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Corea" departing 2nd July 1847 from Liverpool, England the ship arrived on 14th August 1847 but he died on board [4]
  • Miss. Helen Crane, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Argo" departing 4th May 1847 from Liverpool, England the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but she died on board [4]
  • Mr. James Crane, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Argo" departing 4th May 1847 from Liverpool, England the ship arrived on 12th June 1847 but he died on board [4]
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Crane migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Crane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Crane, British Convict who was convicted in Hereford, Herefordshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Crane, British convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Henry Tanner" on 27th June 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia[6]
  • Mr. James Crane, English convict who was convicted in Northmapton, Northamptonshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Crane, English convict who was convicted in Essex, England for life, transported aboard the "Charles Kerr" on 6th June 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia[8]
  • Samuel Crane, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1845 [9]
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Crane migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:


Rydning af San Francisco 21. april 1919 ankom Crane den 13. maj til Newport, Rhode Island . Hun sejlede til tjeneste i europæiske farvande den 5. juni, besøgte havne i England og Frankrig og kom med i ledsaget til George Washington med præsident Woodrow Wilson til fredskonferencen . Vender tilbage til New York den 27. juli blev Crane tildelt Pacific Fleet og ankom til San Francisco den 1. september. Her deltog hun i Naval gennemgang , hvor hun blev besøgt af flådeminister Josephus Daniels den 4. september. Efter operationer ud for Washingtons kyst blev Crane anbragt i reserven i San Diego 26. januar 1920, hvor han deltog i lejlighedsvise manøvrer, indtil den blev afbrudt den 7. juni 1922 i San Diego .

Genoptaget den 18. december 1939 tiltrådte Crane i Neutrality Patrol i Stillehavet. Hun fortsatte patruljeringer og sørgede for uddannelse af marine reservister og væbnede vagtbesætninger indtil udbruddet af 2. verdenskrig .

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Kran forblev på vestkysten på anti-ubådspatrulje, lokal eskortetjeneste, træningsøvelser og screeningspligt for amfibieøvelser indtil den 22. april 1944, hvor hun blev tildelt West Coast Sound Training School . Efter krigen forlod hun San Diego den 2. oktober 1945, ankom til Philadelphia den 19. oktober blev nedlagt den 14. november 1945 og solgt den 1. november 1946.

Crane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Crane is most likely derived from Middle English word "cran," meaning "a crane." It may have originally been a nickname for a tall, thin man with long legs. It has also been suggested that the name Crane in England derives from the place name Crannes, in Maine, France.

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Early Origins of the Crane family

The surname Crane was first found in various counties, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy. Early records of the name include Osbert Crane in the Pipe Rolls of Cornwall in 1177 Jordan Crane in the Curia Regis Rolls of Essex in 1219 William le Crane in the Feet of Fines of Essex in 1235 as well as Andreas, John, Oliver, and William de Crane listed in England in circa 1272, in the Rotuli Hundredorum. [1]

In Somerset, John le Cran, and Thomas le Cran, were both listed 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III.) [2]

The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed: Johannes Crane, Alicia uxor ejus Elisot Grane Stephanus Crane and Dionisia Cranne, vidua. [3]

In Camborne, Cornwall, another early record was found. "On the bartons of Lower Rosewarne and Crane, where nothing but farm houses now appear, were formerly the seats of two families of these names. But these in the reign of James were sold to Ezekiel Grosse, Esq. after passing through some intermediate hands." [4]

Another source confirms the Camborne reference. "From Crane in Camborne from grean, gravel or croan, the cross. Hals says, 'Crane adjoining Roswarne gave name to its possessor, Cit-Crane, who gave bustards or cranes for his arms for as crana, krana, is as grus in Latin, so it is a crane in English, garan and cryhyr in the Welsh.' " [5]

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Crane was born at Elizabethtown, New Jersey on February 1, 1776, and appointed midshipman in 1799. Ώ] Serving as a lieutenant on the USS Vixen he won honors for his gallant fighting in the attacks on Tripoli in 1804.

He was in command of the brigantine USS Nautilus on 29 July 1812, when it was captured by a British squadron, according to the then Lieutenant Crane

the chaseing ship put her helm up hoisted a broad pendant and English colours and ranged under my lee quarter--unable to resist I was compelled to strike the Flag of the United States.

Crane was promoted to master commandant on March 4, 1813 and to captain on November 22, 1814. He was assigned command of the Mediterranean Squadron in 1827 and acted as one of the commissioners in the negotiations with the Ottoman Empire.

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Cranes were so called from the resemblance to the long neck of the bird, cf. Ancient Greek: γέρανος, French grue. History Ancient Near East. The first type of crane machine was the shadouf, which had a lever mechanism and was used to lift water for irrigation. It was invented in Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) circa 3000 BC.

Cranes are very large birds, often considered the world's tallest flying birds. They range in size from the demoiselle crane, which measures 90 cm (35 in) in length, to the sarus crane, which can be up to 176 cm (69 in), although the heaviest is the red-crowned crane, which can weigh 12 kg (26 lb) prior to migrating.They are long-legged and long-necked birds with streamlined bodies and large

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History of cranes According to archaeological records, cranes were invented in 515 B.C.E by the ancient Greeks. They were used to lift tongs and Lewis iron during the construction of the Greek temple. The presence of holes in the building is regarded as evidence for the existence of cranes.

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The little hut is built and in line for Newport News Shipbuilding’s giant gantry crane to swing it onboard the USS John C. Stennis.

Once on the dry-docked carrier’s hangar deck, it’ll become the Look Ahead Café, open to sailors and shipyard workers in need of a coffee break during the carrier’s four-year refueling and overhaul.

Sailors and shipyard employees will work side by side, with sailors handling about a third of the massive task — and Capt. Cassidy Norman sees the Look Ahead that he ordered as one way to help reach his goal for the refueling.

“I want to be sure this is a place where people want to come to work,” he said.

It’s why, for instance, the Stennis crew is working on keeping what’s really a busy industrial workplace as clean as possible.

A few days before tugs edged the 103,000-ton ship into dry dock, with just 18 inches to spare on either side, Stennis sailors showed up at the yard for a version of a “FOD.”

That is, the same kind of shoulder-by-shoulder “Foreign Object Debris” walkdown they do on a flight deck, to make sure there’s nothing that could be sucked into a jet engine — except this FOD was in the dry dock.

The crew did the cleanup without anyone from the yard asking, with the same aim of ensuring shipyard workers feel welcome. Stennis sailors have been working hard to speed up work on the refueling.

One, Petty Officer First Class Victoria Nelson, came up with a database that can tap into a range of other databases to serve at the heart of a system to manage the complex flow of sailors’ work, and make sure they don’t get in one another’s way.

Dealing with corrosion — after 25 years on salt water, that’s a major concern — is a part of the Stennis crew’s work, and it involves more than chipping rust.

Usually, keeping after corrosion is a chore divided among the carrier’s 20 departments, each made responsible for a share of the ships 2,700-odd spaces. But some corrosion is tougher to tackle than sanding down a rust spot — some can’t even be seen.

So Norman and the Stennis leadership team set up a floating corrosion specialist team, trained in the nondestructive testing that can find invisible corrosion and the many repairs, from chemical treatment to changing the way two different metals are fastened together, to fix the problem.

“They’re climbing up the mast, they’re crawling down under the weapons elevators and coffer dams, down in those dark closed spaces down in the hull — the tanks,” Norman said.

“They’re designed to provide access, but they aren’t comfortable.”

The corrosion team’s work means the refueling and overhaul won’t be slowed to wait for a specialist crew from outside the ship or the yard to arrive, he said.

The Stennis’ unique in-house team of riggers, trained in the art of arranging hoists and cranes to safely move heavy machinery, helped speed the work of removing un-needed gear before the Stennis came over to the shipyard a month ago.

And they’re staying busy now that the ship is in dry dock, helping the shipyard’s own riggers move heavy, awkward items on and off the ship.

Sailors and shipyard workers are continuing the traditional, side-by-side once-a-week walk-throughs of every compartment of a carrier undergoing a refueling and overhaul, looking for safety issues.

But Norman pushed for ship’s force and shipyard safety experts to team up to issue combined safety bulletins, instead of the separate reports of refuelings past.

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Aerial photograph of Boston Navy Yard taken 1st April 1960.

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Ships in this photo:
Pier 11 – USS Wasp (CVS-18) Essex-class aircraft carrier
Dry Dock 5 – ARD-16 floating dry dock
Dry Dock 5 – YFND-23 dry dock companion craft, in ARD-16
Pier 10 – empty
Pier 9E – USS Macon (CA-132) Baltimore-class heavy cruiser
Pier 9E – YD-196 floating crane
Pier 9W – USS Hugh Purvis (DD-709) Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer
Pier 8E – USS Thor (ARC-4) Aeolus-class cable repair ship
Pier 8E – YPD-24 floating pile driver
Pier 7E – USS Springfield (CLG-7) Cleveland-class light cruiser
Pier 7W – empty
Pier 6E – USS Perry (DD-844) Gearing-class destroyer
Pier 6W – USS Mitscher (DL-2) Mitcher-class destroyer leader
Pier 5E – USS Albany (CG-10) Albany-class guided missile cruiser
Pier 5W – USS Yosemite (AD-19) Dixie-class destroyer tender
Pier 4E – empty
Pier 4W USS Skywatcher (AGR-3) Guardian-class radar picket ship

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