Nicks

The USS Nicholas Navy destroyers evolved over time. It is interesting to see how the 3 ships compare when looking at the specifications side by side. Over time the ships grew is size, but not in speed or crew. Technology improved in all areas of propulsion, armament and facilities.  Interestingly, range did not grow as one might expect. Crew comfort certainly improved with the FFG configuration with all areas being air conditioned.

USS Nicholas Specifications  
 DD-311DD-449FFG-47
BuilderBethlehem, San FranBath Iron WorksBath Iron Works
Laid DownJanuary 11, 1919March 3, 1941September 27, 1082
LaunchedMay 1, 1919February 19, 1942April 23, 1983
CommissionedNovember 23, 1920June 4, 1942March 10, 1984
DecommissionedOctober 26, 1923January 30 1970March 17, 2014
Displacement1215 tons2050 tons4100 tons
Length314 feet 5 inches376 feet 6 inches453 feet
Beam31 feet 8 inches39 feet 8 inches45 feet
Draft9 feet 3 inches17 feet 9 inches22 feet
Propulsion26500 SHP60000 SHP41000 SHP
Speed35 knots35+ knots29+ knots
Range4900 nmi @ 15 knots6500 nmi @ 15 knots5000 nmi @ 18 knots
Complement122 officers & enlisted336 officers & enlisted15 offices 190 enlisted
Armament4 x 4 in guns5 x 5 in guns1 x 76mm
 1 x 3in gun10 x 40 mm guns2 torpedo
 12 x 21 inch tt10 x 21 in torpedo1 x Vulcan Phalanx
  2 x depth charge tracks4 x .50 cal
  after 1960 FRAM II1 x missile launcher
  2 x 5 in guns2 x SH-60 helicopters
  1 x 12.75 Weapon Alpha ASW Rocket Launcher 
  2 x 24 x 7 in Hedgehog 
  2 x 3  x  12.75 in torpedo 
  2 x 21 in torpedo 
  2 x Drones (DASH)