USS Roper (DD-147)

USS Roper (DD-147)
United States
Namesake:Jesse M. Roper
Builder:William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia
Yard number:462
Laid down:19 March 1918
Launched:17 August 1918
Commissioned:15 February 1919
Decommissioned:15 September 1945
Struck:11 October 1945
Fate:Sold for scrapping, 31 March 1946
General characteristics
Class and type:Wickes-class destroyer
Displacement:1,090 tons
Length:314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam:31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft:9 ft 10 in (3 m)
Speed:35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement:101 officers and enlisted
Armament:4 × 4 in (100 mm), 2 × 3 in (76 mm), 12 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes

USS Roper (DD-147) was a Wickes-class destroyer in the United States Navy, later converted to a high-speed transport and redesignated APD-20.

She was named for Lieutenant Commander Jesse M. Roper, commanding officer of Petrel, who died in 1901 while attempting to rescue a member of his crew. As of 2016, no other ships in the United States Navy have borne this name.


Roper's keel was laid down on 19 March 1918 by William Cramp & Sons, of Philadelphia. She was launched on 17 August 1918 sponsored by Mrs. Jesse M. Roper, widow of Lieutenant Commander Roper, and commissioned on 15 February 1919 with Commander Abram Claude in command.[1] Roper was the first United States Navy warship to sink a German submarine during World War II.