|Laid down:||21 April 1899|
|Launched:||2 March 1901|
|Commissioned:||14 December 1903|
|Decommissioned:||11 July 1919|
|Fate:||Sold on 3 January 1920|
|Struck:||15 September 1919|
|Length:||250 ft 2 in (76.25 m)|
|Beam:||23 ft 1 in (7.04 m)|
|Draught:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Propulsion:||2 shaft reciprocating engines|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h)|
|Complement:||87 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||Two 3 inch (76 mm) guns, four 6 pounder guns, three 18 inch (457 mm) torpedo tubes|
Preble was laid down by the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California, on 21 April 1899; launched on 2 March 1901; sponsored by Miss Ethel Preble; and commissioned on 14 December 1903, Lieutenant T. C. Fenton in command.
Preble, assigned to the Pacific Fleet, operated with the 4th and 2nd Torpedo Flotillas off the western seaboard from Washington to the Panama Canal Zone until 1908, making a cruise to Hawaii and Samoa (24 August–November 1908). On returning she resumed west coast operations, continuing them until on 4 February 1909, when she arrived at Mare Island for inactivation. In reserve 23 February–17 September, she was then reassigned to the Pacific Torpedo Flotilla, and until 1913 operated with Torpedo Flotilla, Pacific Fleet. Placed in reserve again on 19 June 1913, she remained at Mare Island until resuming operations with the torpedo flotilla on 23 April 1914.
Torpedo practice, gunnery exercises and minesweeping operations followed, and during the summer of 1915 Preble participated in a cruise to Alaskan waters to gather logistic information. After another period in reserve status (25 October 1916–3 April 1917), Preble departed San Diego, California on 30 April 1917, for the east coast. She arrived at Norfolk, Virginia 13 July and, until the end of World War I, was engaged in coastwise convoy duty along the mid-Atlantic seaboard. Remaining on the east coast after the war, she decommissioned at New York, on 11 July 1919. Her name was struck from the Navy List on 15 September 1919 and she was sold, on 3 January 1920, to Joseph G. Hitner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.