|Namesake:||William M. Crane|
|Builder:||Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California|
|Laid down:||7 January 1918|
|Launched:||4 July 1918|
|Commissioned:||18 April 1919 to 7 June 1922
18 December 1939 to 14 November 1945
|Struck:||19 December 1945|
|Fate:||Sold, 1 November 1946|
|Class and type:||Wickes class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)|
|Draft:||8 ft 6 in (2.59 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||100 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||4 x 4" (102 mm), 12 x 21" (533 mm) TT.|
Crane was launched 4 July 1918 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California; sponsored by Mrs. M. McGuire; and commissioned 18 April 1919, Lieutenant Commander W. F. Gresham in command.
Clearing San Francisco 21 April 1919, Crane arrived at Newport, Rhode Island, 13 May. She sailed for duty in European waters 5 June, visiting ports in England and France and joining the escort for George Washington carrying President Woodrow Wilson to the peace conference. Returning to New York 27 July, Crane was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, and arrived at San Francisco 1 September. Here she participated in the Naval Review, during which she was visited by Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels 4 September. After operations off the coast of Washington, Crane was placed in reserve at San Diego 26 January 1920, participating in occasional maneuvers until decommissioned 7 June 1922, at San Diego.
Recommissioned 18 December 1939, Crane joined the Neutrality Patrol in the Pacific. She continued patrols and provided training for Naval Reservists and Armed Guard crews until the outbreak of the war.
World War IIEdit
Crane remained on the west coast on antisubmarine patrol, local escort duty, training exercises, and screening duty for amphibious exercises until 22 April 1944, when she was assigned to the West Coast Sound Training School. After the war she departed San Diego 2 October 1945, arrived at Philadelphia 19 October; was decommissioned 14 November 1945; and sold 1 November 1946.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.