Hull Number: DD-363
Launch Date: 03/24/1936
Commissioned Date: 10/20/1936
Decommissioned Date: 10/19/1945
Data for USS Selfridge (DD-357) as of 1945
Length Overall: 381' 1"
Beam: 36' 11"
Draft: 13' 9"
Standard Displacement: 1,850 tons
Full Load Displacement: 2,840 tons
Fuel capacity: 4,061 barrels
Five 5″/38 caliber guns
Two 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
One 40mm quadruple anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quadruple torpedo tubes
2 New York Shipbuilding Turbines: 50,000 horsepowe
Highest speed on trials: 36.4 knots
Namesake: GEORGE BEALL BALCH
GEORGE BEALL BALCH
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)
Born in Shelbyville, TN, 3 January 1821, George Beall Balch was appointed Acting Midshipman in 1837. He served in the Mexican War and was executive officer of Plymouth during Commodore M. C. Perry’s expedition to Japan. During the Civil War he took part in many engagements. Rear Admiral Balch served as superintendent of the Naval Academy (1879-81) and for a short period commanded the Pacific Fleet. He retired in January 1883 and died 16 April 1908 at Raleigh, NC.