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USS NORTHAMPTON (CL/CA 26)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich

CLASS - NORTHAMPTON
Displacement 9,300 Tons, Dimensions, 600' 3" (oa) x 66' 1" x 23' (Max)
Armament 9 x 8"/55, 4 x 5"/25, 6 x 21" tt. 4 Aircraft.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 2 1/2 Turrets, 1" Deck, 1 1/4 Conning Tower.
Machinery, 107,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 32.7 Knots, Crew 621.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down 12 APR 1928 by the Bethlehem Steel Corp., Quincy, MA
Launched 05 SEP 1929
Commissioned 17 MAY 1930
Reclassified CA-26 01 JUL 1931
Fate: Sunk by two torpedoes from the Japanese destroyer Oyashio during the Battle of Tassafaronga off Guadalcanal on 01 DEC 1942.

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Northampton
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600k Commissioning Plaque from the Northampton. LTC Robert Mitchell, USAF (Ret.)
Northampton 109k Undated, Pre war image, Overhead excellent details of this class. USN
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Tied up at Fore River 26 February 1930, Prior to commissioning.

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
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USS Northampton (CL 26) underway during builder's trials, circa Spring 1930.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50308.

USNHC
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USS Northampton (CA 26) underway during the early 1930s, prior to the removal of her torpedo tubes.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50966.

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USS Northampton during her Commissioning Ceremony, 17 May 1930.

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
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USS Northampton during her Commissioning Ceremony, 17 May 1930. The ship to the left is the Receiving Ship Southery (IX 26). Southery was origionally commissioned as a Collier (AC)

From the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

Michael Mohl
Northampton
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306k This appears to be the Pedro Miguel locks. If so, the Northampton is heading South toward the Pacific. Dec 1934 Robert M. Cieri
Northampton 229k

Starboard beam underway, August 23 1935, Excellent detail image.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #(80-G-425768).

National Archives
Northampton  

USS Northampton (CA 26) photographed during the later 1930s, after her forward smokestack was raised. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 67844.

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Northampton
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255k Late 1930's photo while at anchor. Note the sailor hanging over the side at the bows. Robert M. Cieri
Northampton
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379k Late 1930's photo while at anchor. Robert M. Cieri
Northampton
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280k Late 1930's photo while underway Robert M. Cieri
Northampton
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378k Late 1930's photo while at anchor. Note that all four scout planes are on the catapults Robert M. Cieri
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USS Northampton (CA 26) Off Gonaives, Haiti, circa early 1939. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, collection of Rear Admiral Paul H. Bastedo.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 83598.

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USS Northampton (CA 26) Firing her after eight-inch guns, during the raid on Japanese-held Wotje, in the Marshall Islands, 1 February 1942. Photographed from the ship's forward superstructure, looking aft on the starboard side, with 5"/25 guns and the after smokestack in the foreground. USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) is astern.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50942.

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USS Northampton (CA 26) entering the river at Brisbane, Australia, 5 August 1941. Note her false bow wave camouflage. Courtesy of Perry M. Allard, 1983.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 94596.

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USS Northampton (CA 26) preparing to dock at Newcastle Wharf, Brisbane, Australia, on 5 August 1941. Note her false bow wave camouflage. Courtesy of James W. Fitch, 1984.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 95333.

USNHC
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USS Northampton (CA 26) entering Pearl Harbor on the morning of 8 December 1941, the day after the Japanese raid. Note her crew standing by her lifelines. The ship is in Measure One (dark) camouflage, with a Measure Five false bow wave. In the background, beyond Northampton's after turret, is USS Argonne (AG31), getting up steam. The ferry Nihoa (YFB 19) is visible just beyond Northampton's bow.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-32547.

National Archives/ Scott Dyben
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USS Northampton (CA 26) steams into Pearl Harbor on the morning of 8 December 1941, the day after the Japanese air attack. Photographed from Ford Island, looking toward the Navy Yard, with dredging pipe in the foreground. Northampton was at sea with Vice Admiral Halsey's task force on the day of the attack. Note her Measure One (dark) camouflage, with a Measure Five false bow wave, and manned anti-aircraft director positions.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-32548.

National Archives / Scott Dyben
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USS Northampton (CA 26) Under attack by a Japanese seaplane, during the U.S. raid on Wake Island, 24 February 1942. Photographed from USS Salt Lake City (CA 25), one of whose 1.1" machine gun mounts is in the foreground. Note anti-aircraft shell bursts above Northampton and nearby bomb splash.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50947.

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USS Northampton (CA 26) refueling from USS Cimarron (AO 22), during the Doolittle Raid operation. Photographed from USS Salt Lake City (CA 25). The original photo caption states that this view was taken on 18 April 1942, the day the Doolittle Raid aircraft were launched to attack targets in Japan. Note that Northampton's forward smokestack had been reduced in height by this time.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97808.

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Northampton
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495k Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942 - USS Northampton (CA 26), at left, off the port bow of USS Hornet (CV 8) after she had been disabled by Japanese air attacks on 26 October 1942. Fred Branyan
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500k Crop of above photo showing only USS Northampton (CA 26). Fred Branyan
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Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, October 1942 - USS Northampton (CA 26), at right, attempting to tow USS Hornet (CV 8) after she had been disabled by Japanese air attacks on 26 October 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-33897.

National Archives /Scott Dyben


Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Vernon, Walter N., CAP RADM 05/17/1930 - 06/11/1932
Taylor, Thomas Herbert, CAPT   06/11/1932 - 06/01/1934
Shoemaker, Harry Earl, CAPT RADM 06/01/1934 - 02/12/1935
Symington, Thomas Alexander, CAPT   02/12/1935
Vossler, Francis Alfred Leopold, CAPT   01/14/1938 - 07/05/1939
Payne, Samuel Spottswood, CAPT   07/05/1939
Chandler Jr., William Dwight, CAPT   03/28/1941 - 09/1942
Kitts III, Willard Augustus, CAPT RADM 09/1942 - 12/01/1942

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS NORTHAMPTON (CL/CA 26) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Paul Frank
Address: 1456 Aries Ct Chula Vista, CA, 91911-5501
Phone: None Listed
E-mail: None


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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