USS Abner Read (DD-769)

Name: USS Abner Read
Namesake: Abner Read (1821-1863), a United States Navy officer killed during the American Civil War
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 21 May 1944
Launched: Never
Completed: Never
Commissioned: Never
Struck: 13 September 1946
Fate: Construction contract cancelled 12 September 1946[1] or 13 September 1946[2]
Scrapped incomplete on building ways
General characteristics
Displacement: 3460 tons (Full)
Length: 390 ft 6 in (119 m) (overall)
Beam: 40 ft 10 in (12.5 m)
Draft: 14 ft 4 in (4.4 m)
Propulsion: 60,000 shp (45 MW);
geared turbines;
2 propellers
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Range: 4,500 nmi. at 20 knots
(8,300 km at 37 km/h)
Complement: 336 officers and enlisted
Armament:   6 × 5 in.(127 mm)/38 guns,
12 × 40 mm AA guns,
11 × 20 mm AA guns,
10 × 21 in. torpedo tubes,
  6 × depth charge projectors,
  2 × depth charge tracks

USS Abner Read (DD-769) was a planned United States Navy Gearing-class destroyer laid down during World War II but never completed.

Abner Read was laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation at San Francisco, California on 21 May 1944. The end of World War II in August 1945 resulted in the termination of the contract for her construction on 12 September 1946[3] or 13 September 1946[4] She was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 13 September 1946 and scrapped on the building ways.


  1. ^ Per the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (at
  2. ^ Per NavSource Naval History (at
  3. ^ Per the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (at
  4. ^ Per NavSource Naval History (at


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