Hull Number: DD-617
Launch Date: 11/09/1942
Commissioned Date: 02/13/1943
Data for USS Benson (DD-421) as of 1945
Length Overall: 347' 10"
Beam: 36' 1"
Draft: 13' 6"
Standard Displacement: 1,620 tons
Full Load Displacement: 2,525 tons
Fuel capacity: 2,912 barrels
Four 5″/38 caliber guns
Two 40mm twin anti-aircraft mounts
Two 21″ quintuple torpedo tubes
2 Bethlehem Turbines: 47,000 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 36.7 knots
Namesake: JOHN ORDRONAUX
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1980)
John Ordronaux, born 16 December 1778 at Nantes, Brittany, France, was one of the most successful privateersmen of the War of 1812. At the outbreak of the war, he commanded the French privateer Marengo and on 28 October 1813, he took command of the American privateer Prince Be Neufchatel, which was fitted out in France.
Captain Ordronaux made his first cruises in her in the English and Irish Channels capturing some 30 prizes.
His greatest accomplishment took place, in the fall of 1814, off Boston. Prince De Neufchatel, with a prize in tow, was sighted by the British frigate Endymion, which gave chase. Becalmed that night, the British commenced a boat attack. After several attempts, despite fierce defense, they succeeded in boarding the prize, and were driving back the Americans, when Captain Ordronaux seized a lighted match and threatened to blow tip the ship if his men retreated further. The Americans rallied and within 20 minutes the remaining British cried for quarter.
With only eight of his men uninjured, Captain Ordronaux returned to Boston, turned over his command and became part owner of Prince De Neufchatel.
Captain John Ordronaux died at Cartagena, Colombia in 1841.
Stricken 7/1/1971. Sold for scrap 3/1/1973.