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Mackenzie II (Destroyer No. 175)


The second U.S. Navy ship named for Lt. Cmdr. Alexander Slidell Mackenzie (1842-1867). 


(Destroyer No. 175: displacement 1,060; length 314'5"; beam 31'0"; draft 8'6"; speed 33.5 knots; complement 101; armament 4 4-inch, 1 3-inch, 12 21-inch torpedo tubes; class Wickes)

The second Mackenzie (Destroyer No. 175) was laid down on 4 July 1918, Independence Day, at San Francisco, Calif., by the Union Iron Works; launched on 29 September 1919; sponsored by Mrs. Percy J. Cotton, wife of the superintendent of hull construction at the buiulding yard; and commissioned on 25 July 1919, Lt. Cmdr. Eugene T. Oates in command.

Following commissioning and shakedown, Mackenzie -- redesignated as DD-175 on 17 July 1920 -- became a unit of the Pacific Fleet and operated with Destroyer Squadrons 2 and 4 until decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif., on 27 May 1922. MacKenzie remained in reserve until she was recommissioned at San Diego on 6 November 1939, Cmdr. Fred W. Connor in command.

In 1940, the ship was one of 50 destroyers exchanged, under the terms of the Lend‑Lease Agreement, for strategic bases off the North American coast. She arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 20 September 1940. Mere, on the 24th, she decommissioned, was turned over to the Royal Canadian Navy and recommissioned as HMCS Annapolis. Mackenzie was stricken from the Navy Register on 8 January 1941.

Until 1944, Annapolis sailed with the Halifax and Western Local Escort Forces escorting convoys from east of St. Johns, Newfoundland, to New York. In April 1944, she was attached to HMCS Cornwallis, near Annapolis, Novia Scotia, where she remained as a training ship until the end of the war. On 4 June 1945, she was turned over to the War Assets Corp. and sold to Frankel Bros., Ltd., of Toronto for scrapping.

Published: Mon May 09 10:38:04 EDT 2022