(DD 40: dp. 742 1. 293'11"; b. 27'; dr. 9'5"; s. 29.7k.; cpl. 83; a 4 3", 6 18" TT.; cl. Monaghan)
The first Beale (DD 40) was launched 80 April 1912 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, Pa.; sponsored by Mrs. John R. McLean, daughter of Lieutenant Beale; and commissioned 30 August 1912, Lieutenant (junior grade) C. T. Blackburn in command.
Beale joined the 5th Group, Torpedo Flotilla, Atlantic Fleet, and cruised along the Atlantic coast and in Mexican and Caribbean waters until placed in reserve 13 December 1915. Reactivated, with a reduced crew, 5 January 1916, she served on Neutrality Patrol along the Atlantic coast until placed in full commission 22 March 1917. Joining the Atlantic Destroyer Force, she arrived at Queenstown, Ireland, 5 February 1918. Beale operated out of Queenstown on convoy and patrol duty until the end of World War I. She returned to the United States in December 1918 and served with the Atlantic Fleet until placed out of commission in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard 25 October 1919. Reactivated In l924, Beale was transferred to the Coast Guard 21 April 1924 for use in enforcing the Prohibition Act. she was returned to the Navy 18 October 1930 and was laid up at Philadelphia Navy Yard until scrapped in 1934.