Abel P. Upshur

(DD-193: dp. 1216, 1. 314'4" b. 31'0", dr. 9'10", s. 35 k.; cpl. 112; a. 4 4", 1 3", 12 21" TT.; cl. Clemson)

Abel P. Upshur (DD-193) was launched 14 February 1920 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co Newport News, Va.; sponsored by Mrs. George J. Benson great-grandniece of Secretary Upshur; commissioned 23 November l920, Lieutenant V. H. Godfrey in command; and reported to destroyer division 37, Atlantic Fleet.

Until placed out of commission 7 August 1922, Abel P. Upshur cruised off the Atlantic coast. From March 1928 until October l930 she trained Naval Reserves of. the District of Columbia.

On 5 November 1930 she was transferred to the Coast Guard. Abel P. Upshur was returned to the Navy 21 May 1934. Laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard until recommissioned 4 December 1939, she then served on the Atlantic Neutrality Patrol until decommissioned and transferred in the destroyer-land bases exchange to Great Britain, at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 9 September 1940.

From 1940 to 1944, as HMS CIare, she escorted convoys in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. In the early hours of 21 February 1941 she collided with the motor vessel Petertown and was out of action, undergoing repairs, until October 1941.

During 1942 and 1943 Clare took part in the Invasions of North Africa and Sicily. In May 1944 she became an aircraft target ship in the Western Approaches Command. In August 1945 she was reduced to reserve at Greenock, Scotland, and later berthed at Barrow, England, awaiting disposal.