Samuel Chester Reid, born in Norwich, Conn., 24 August 1783, entered the U.S. Navy in 1794. He served in Baltimore [sic; Constellation] with Commodore Truxton [sic; Truxtun] and in 1803 became master of the brig Merchant. During the War of 1812 he commanded the privateer General Armstrong and at Fayal, Azores, in 1814 engaged gunboats from British men-of-war en route to Jamaica and New Orleans. Although eventually forced to scuttle and abandon his ship, Reid's action delayed the British squadron and aided General Jackson's defense of New Orleans. He was appointed master in the Navy in 1844 and died at New York 28 January 1861.
(Destroyer No. 21: displacement 700 (normal); length 293’10”; beam 26’5”; draft 10’; speed 31 knots; complement 85; armament 4 3”, 6 18” torpedo tubes; class Flusser)
The first Reid (Destroyer No. 21) was laid down by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, 3 August 1908; launched 17 August 1909; sponsored by Miss Lina Andrews; and commissioned 3 December 1909, Ens. V. V. Woodward in temporary command.
Assigned to the Atlantic Torpedo Flotilla, an organization redesignated many times in the years which followed, Reid operated along the east coast - primarily engaged in training exercises and drills - until the United States entered World War I.
On 6 April 1917, Reid was attached to the Southern Patrol Force, operating out of Key West. On the 14th, she moved north and on the 18th joined Squadron 1, Patrol Force at Boston. Transferred to Squadron 2 in early May, she patrolled the northeast coast of the United States until detached from the Patrol Force, 15 May and assigned to the Destroyer Force. Reporting on the 17th, she escorted coastal traffic and patrolled the approaches to New York City until ordered to Charleston to prepare for distant service 5 July.
Reid sailed east 21 July and, between 1 August and 30 September, provided escort and patrol services in the vicinity of the Azores. Detached in October, she proceeded to Brest, whence she resumed her patrol and escort mission. On the 23d she was rammed, and damaged above the waterline by minesweeper W. T. James (SP-429), but repairs were completed quickly at Brest and she continued her work without further interruption until the end of the war. During that period she made several attacks on submarines, the most notable being against UB-55 on 18 March 1918 and U-86 on 1 July 1918, but sank none.
Relieved after the Armistice, Reid departed Brest for Charleston and inactivation 11 December. Arriving on the 31st, she later shifted to Philadelphia where she was decommissioned 31 July 1919. She was struck from the Navy list on 15 September and was sold to T. A. Scott & Co., New London, Conn., on 21 November.
23 September 2005