Benjamin F. Isherwood was born in New York City 6 October 1822, and was appointed First Assistant Engineer in the Navy 23 May 1844, During the Mexican War, he served in Princeton and later was senior engineer of Spitfire. While on a cruise of more than 3 years on the Asiatic Station, Isherwood served as Chief Engineer of the steam frigate San Jacinto. Shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the Navy, and so important were his services considered that the Bureau of Steam Engineering was created under his direction. He was a pioneer in the production of fast cruisers, producing this class against strong opposition. Following a tour of European dockyards, he became president of the Experimental Board under the Bureau of Steam Engineering until his retirement 6 October 1884. He died in New York City 19 June 1915.
(DD-284: dp. 1,190; l. 314'5"; b. 31'8"; dr. 9'3"; s. 35 k.; cpl. 120; a. 4 4", 2 3", 12 21" tt, cl. Clemson)
Isherwood (DD-284) was launched 10 September 1919 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Squantum, Mass.; sponsored by Mrs. R. C. Walling; and commissioned 4 December 1919 at the Boston Navy Yard, Lt. Comdr. W. D. Brereton in command.
As a unit of the 43d Division, 1st Squadron, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, Isherwood conducted shakedown out of Boston until 26 January 1920 when she sailed for Cuba via Newport. Arriving Guantanamo Bay 3 February she remained there engaging in target practice and drills until departing 26 April, escorting Pennsylvania to receive the Secretary of the Navy at Lynnhaven Roads, Va. Following this assignment, Isherwood proceeded to Mexico for patrol duty on the Mexican coast until 21 June when she arrived Boston for repairs. She sailed 21 October for Charleston to join the Destroyers in Reserve.
Isherwood stayed in reserve status until 10 May 1921 when, with 50 percent complement, she sailed to the Boston Navy Yard, where she joined the Destroyer Force. Operating with reduced complement, she transported Naval Reservists between Boston and Newport and engaged in target practice until 4 August. Following repairs at the Boston Navy Yard (13 March-8 May 1922), Isherwood joined Destroyer Squadron 9 at Philadelphia and proceeded to Yorktown, Va., for exercises with the Fleet. She maneuvered in the area until 3 January 1923 when she rendezvoused with the Scouting Fleet Destroyers for training in the Caribbean; at Beaufort, N.C.; and at Baltimore, Md. She continued her readiness operations in the Caribbean until 28 March 1925.
On 7 May 1925, Isherwood, arrived Boston for a Naval Reserve cruise from Maine to the District of Columbia. She rejoined her squadron at Newport 31 August, and arrived Guantanamo 24 September for maneuvers in the Caribbean. Having completed exercises with the Fleet, Isherwood arrived Portsmouth, Va., 13 April, and departed 12 June for France via Newport and the Azores. Isherwood arrived St. Nazaire 29 June; she then conducted a good will cruise to various British and Mediterranean ports.
After her arrival in Boston 15 July 1927, Isherwood resumed her schedule of reservist training cruises and fleet maneuvers in the Caribbean until June 1929.
From Jacksonville, Fla., she received Naval Reservists for a summer cruise (Maine to Massachusetts) 29 June, and following their disembarkation 20 July, she underwent repairs at Newport and overhaul at Norfolk. Kalmia towed her from Norfolk to the Philadelphia Navy Yard 26 August, and she decommissioned there 1 May 1930. She was sold 17 January 1931, and scrapped in 1934 by her purchasers.