Antique Navy Commissioning Plaque
Clemson Class Destroyer

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Commissioning plaque of USS Satterlee, DD 190 image

SIZE: 24″ W x 15″ H
x 3/4″ T           WEIGHT:  4 pounds
Price $495.00 plus $35.00 shipping
to 48 contiguous States

Presented is the commissioning plaque for the WW I and WW II destroyer, USS SATTERLEE,
DD 190. The Satterlee was one of the Flush Deck class of four stack destroyers that entered service at the end of WW
II. This is a rare relic that at one time was part of a museum as noted by the deaccession number in the information
sheet which is in a plastic envelope on the back of the plaque. The daughter of the honoree, Miss Rebecca E. Satterlee was
the ship’s sponsor and her name appears at the bottom of the plaque below the neck of the champaign bottle that was used
in the commissioning.

Photo of Captain Charles Satterlee, USCG imageThe ship was named after Charles Satterlee (14 September 1875 – 26 September 1918) was an officer in the United States Coast
Guard during World War I. Born in Essex, Connecticut, Satterlee was appointed a cadet in the Revenue Cutter Service on 19
November 1895. In 1908, he was assigned as supervisor of anchorages at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. This duty included command
of the cutter, Machinate. In 1909, he was ordered to Tahoma, then fitting out at Baltimore, Maryland, for a cruise to the
Pacific. From 1910 to 1913, he was assistant inspector of lifesaving stations; and, on 1 September 1915, he was promoted to
Captain in the Coast Guard. Captain Satterlee was in command of the cutter, Tampa, when that vessel was torpedoed and sunk
with all hands on 26 September 1918 in the Bristol Channel while escorting a convoy. Credit
William Goyno.

Plastic envelope on back of plaque image
 Envelope on back of black with the notion SR 471,
likely a museum accession number


The Clemson Class of destroyers
is most noted for a tragic incident. On the evening of 8 September 1923, due to a navigation error, seven destroyers of DesRon
11—Delphy, S. P. Lee, Young, Woodbury, Nicholas, Fuller and Chauncey—were
stranded on the California coast near San Diego, and lost in the US Navy’s worst-ever peacetime disaster.

Designed endurance
was 4900 nautical miles at 15 Knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314′ 5″ (LOA) x 31′ 8″ x 9′ 10″ (Max)
Armament 4 x 4″/50, 1 x 3″/23AA, 12 x 21″ tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114

Operational and Building Data:
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on July 10 1918.
Launched December 21 1918 and commissioned December 23 1919.
Decommissioned July 11 1922, Recommissioned December 18 1939.
Decommissioned October 8 1940.
To Britain October 9 1940, renamed HMS Belmont (H46).
Stricken US Registry, January 8 1941.
Fate Sunk by U- 82 on January 31 1942.
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