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USS DuPont (TB-7)

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USS Du Pont (TB-7) was launched 30 March 1897 by Herreshoff Manufacturing Co., Bristol, R.I.; sponsored by Miss L. Converse; and commissioned 23 September 1897, Lieutenant (junior grade) S. S. Wood in command.

USS Du Pont (TB-7) operated on the east coast, carrying despatches and training Naval Reservists until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War. Arriving at Newport 4 November 1898, USS Du Pont (TB-7) was placed out of commission 4 days later. She remained at Newport out of commission, employed occasionally in experimental and training duty. From 1901 to 1909 USS Du Pont (TB-7) was based at Norfolk in the Reserve Torpedo Flotilla.

Recommissioned 14 May 1909 USS Du Pont (TB-7) cruised along the coast with the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet until placed in reserve again at Charleston Navy Yard in November 1909. From May 1910 to June 1911 USS Du Pont (TB-7) served the Naval Militia of North Carolina, and after lying in Newport from October 1911 to May 1914, was loaned to the Naval Militia of Massachusetts 10 June 1914.

With the entry of the United States into World War I USS Du Pont (TB-7) was recommissioned 9 April 1917 and assigned to duty in the 2d Naval District. The following year she was attached to Patrol Squadron, New London Section, for duty in Narragansett Bay. From 1 August 1918 she was known as Coast Torpedo Boat No. 3 to release the name Du Pont for new construction. She arrived at Philadelphia Navy Yard 24 January 1919, was decommissioned there 8 March 1919, and sold 19 July 1920.

For a complete history of USS Du Pont (TB-7) please see its DANFS page.