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USS CHICAGO (CL/CA 29)

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
Launched 10 APE 1930 by Mare Island Navy Yard
Commissioned 09 MAR 1931
Reclassified CA 29 01 JUL 1931
Fate Sunk by Japanese aerial torpedoes off Rennell Island on 30 JAN 1943

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Chicago 311k

The general view of the keel laying of the USS Chicago (CL 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 Sep 1928.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 199k

RADM G. W. Laws, Shipyard Commandant, address the crowd at keel lying of the USS Chicago (CL 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 Sep 1928.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 239k

Mayor Heegler, Vallejo, and Collie Fitzgerald drive the first rivets into the keel of the USS Chicago (CL 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 10 Sep 1928.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 314k

Bow view of the USS Chicago (CL 29) under construction at Mare Island in late 1929.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 282k

Bow view of the USS Chicago (CL 29) under construction at Mare Island in late 1929. Note tent over roller path area for turret number 1.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 274k

Bow view of the USS Chicago (CL 29) at Mare Island on 8 April 1930.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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101k USS Chicago (CL 29) being prepared for launching, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 8 April 1930. Note her "clipper" bow and bulbous underwater forefoot. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 70789.

U.S. Navy
Chicago 106k Under construction at Mare Island, April 9 1930. She was launched the following day. USN
Chicago 116k Under construction at Mare Island, April 9 1930. She was launched the following day. USN
Chicago 265k

Bow view of the USS Chicago (CL 29) at Mare Island on 10 April 1930. Good detail of the launch cradle under the ship.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 321k

The USS Chicago (CL 29) on the ways at Mare Island on the morning of her launching.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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Miss E. Britten (Chicago's Sponsor) with RADM G. W. Laws (Commandant, Mare Island Navy Yard) are seen about to christen USS Chicago (CA 29) at Mare Island on April 10, 1930.

Photo is courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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123k

Photo Caption - "The U.S.S. Chicago, new type 10,000 ton light cruiser, was launched at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Cal. today, April 10. The cost of the vessel was approximately $10,000,000. The Chicago is 600 feet over all in length, and was authorized by an act of Congress dated Sept. 18, 1924. The Chicago was christened by Miss Elizabeth Britten of San Francisco, siter of Congressman Fred Britten of Illinois.

Photo shows the U.S.S. Chicago just as she started down the ways at Mare Island Navy Yard, Cal. (SF-FM 3) 4-10-30."

Tommy Trampp
Chicago 390k

The USS Chicago (CL 29) is about half way down the ways during her launching at Mare Island on 10 Apr 1930.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 225k

The USS Chicago (CL 29) is waterborne after her launching at Mare Island on 10 Apr 1930.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 221k

The USS Chicago (CL 29) is at her outfitting berth shortly after launching at Mare Island on 10 Apr 1930.

U.S. Navy photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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The commissioning ceremony, Mare Island, 15 March 1931. The caption reads:

Admiral G. W. Laws handing over to Captain Manly Simons the new war vessel built at Mare Island, Calif., which is to become the flagship of the United States Battle Fleet under Admiral J. V. Chase.

Darryl Baker
Chicago 101k

USS Chicago (CL 29) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in April 1931, soon after she was commissioned. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 70635.

USNHC
Chicago 90k Undated, Pre war image excellent detail. USN
Chicago
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Undated, Pre war image.

George Winstead collection.

Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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616k Undated, Pre war image.

George Winstead collection.

Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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60k

Port quarter WWII image, date and location unknown.

U.S. Navy photo.

David Buell
Chicago
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462k USS Chicago (CA 29) off Mare Island believed to be shortly after her commissioning. Darryl Baker
Chicago
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1.2m

Undated, pre-war, starboard side view, location unknown. The puffs of smoke to port and the crew at quarters could indicate a that a salute is being rendered.

Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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356k Port side view while passing Alcatraz Island in 1931. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago 84k

USS Chicago (CL 29) At Tutuila, American Samoa, during her shakedown cruise, 1931. Courtesy of Wiley H. Smith, 1981.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93457.

USNHC
Chicago
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94k USS Chicago (CA 29) Firing a torpedo in practice, during the early 1930s.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-462565.

USNHC
Chicago
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393k Moored in Portland, Oregon during the 1930's. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago 122k

Turning in formation with three other Scouting Force heavy cruisers, to create a "slick" for landing seaplanes, during exercises off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 31 January 1933. Planes are landing astern of the middle cruisers. The other ships are (from front to back): USS Louisville (CA 28), USS Salt Lake City (CA 25) and USS Northampton (CA 26).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-451165.

Scott Dyben
Chicago 348k

The damaged USS Chicago (CA 29) is entering Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. The collision killed 3 officers.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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334k The damaged USS Chicago (CA 29) is entering Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. The collision killed 3 officers. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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288k The damaged USS Chicago (CA 29) is entering Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. The collision killed 3 officers. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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300k The damaged USS Chicago (CA 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. The collision killed 3 officers. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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357k The damaged USS Chicago (CA 29)at Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. The collision killed 3 officers. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago 412k

The damaged USS Chicago (CA 29) with Mare Island's diving barge alongisde at Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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64k

Inspecting the damage from the collision with British freighter Silver Palm while moored at Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933.

NARA San Francisco Branch, Record Group 181, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files.

Tracy White
Chicago
0402947
441k Divers are inspecting the extent of the damage to the hull from her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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418k Divers are inspecting the extent of the damage to the hull from her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago 1222k USS Chicago (CA 29) entering dry dock 2 at Mare Island on Navy Day 1933 for repair after her collision, several days before, with the British freighter Silver Palm. Darryl Baker
Chicago
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420k As water is pumped out of the drydock, spars are used to position the ship properly over the keel blocks. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago
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325k As water is pumped out of the drydock, spars are used to position the ship properly over the keel blocks. Robert M. Cieri
Chicago 1222k

A close-up of the damage to USS Chicago (CA 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard on 25 Oct 1933 after her collision with the British freighter Silver Palm.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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96k

Another view of the damage from collision with the British freighter Silver Palm. Looking down from above, wooden gantries are where the hull would normally be.

NARA II, "Commander of Battleships & Cruisers, Pacific Fleet, 1942-45 files"

Tracy White
Detroit 82k Balboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone - Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left):
USS Elliot (DD 146);
USS Roper (DD 147);
USS Hale (DD 133);
USS Dorsey (DD 117);
USS Lea (DD 118);
USS Rathburne (DD 113);
USS Talbot (DD 114);
USS Waters (DD 115);
USS Dent (DD 116);
USS Aaron Ward (DD 132);
USS Buchanan (DD 131);
USS Crowninshield (DD 134);
USS Preble (DD 345); and
USS William B. Preston (DD 344).

(left to right in center):
USS Yarnall (DD 143);
USS Sands (DD 243);
USS Lawrence (DD 250);
(unidentified destroyer);
USS Detroit (CL 8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force;
USS Fox (DD 234);
USS Greer (DD 145);
USS Barney (DD 149);
USS Tarbell (DD 142); and

USS Chicago (CA 29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force.

(left to right across the top):
USS Southard (DD 207);
USS Chandler (DD 206);
USS Farenholt (DD 332);
USS Perry (DD 340);
USS Wasmuth (DD 338);
USS Trever (DD 339);
USS Melville (AD 2);
USS Truxtun (DD 229);
USS McCormick (DD 223);
USS MacLeish (DD 220);
USS Simpson (DD 221);
USS Hovey (DD 208);
USS Long (DD 209);
USS Litchfield (DD 336);

USS Tracy (DD 214);
USS Dahlgren (DD 187);
USS Medusa (AR 1);
USS Raleigh (CL 7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force;
USS Pruitt (DD 347); and
USS J. Fred Talbott (DD 156);
USS Dallas (DD 199);

(four unidentified destroyers);
and
USS Indianapolis (CA 35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
Scott Dyben
Chicago 148k

USS Chicago (CA 29) Underway off New York City, during the 31 May 1934 fleet review.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 715.

USNHC
Chicago 184k Port bow view while steaming in the Willamette River, Portland, Oregon, August 1936. Walter Nasmyth LST-19
Chicago 652k

The USS San Francisco (CA 38) is forward of the USS Tuscaloosa (CA 37) on the left and the USS Houston (CA 30) is forward of the USS Chicago (CA 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard between Nov 3rd and 5th in 1936.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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906k

The USS Houston (CA 30) is forward of USS Chicago (CA 29) on 10 Sep 1940 at Mare Island Navy Yard. USS Ramapo (AO 12) is berth alongside of USS Houston and the USS William Ward Burrows (AP 6) and the YD 33 (150 ton crane) are alongside of USS Chicago. In this picture there is a good view of the AA guns added to the Chicago's aft deck house.

U.S. Navy Photo.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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The USS Houston (CA 30) is forward of USS Chicago (CA 29) on 10 Sep 1940 at Mare Island Navy Yard. USS Ramapo (AO 12) is berth alongside of USS Houston and the USS William Ward Burrows (AP 6) and the YD 33 (150 ton crane) are alongside of USS Chicago.

NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Navy Shipyard Ship Files

Tracy White
Chicago
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246k

Late March 1941 - USS Chicago in Sydney.

Collection of Graeme Andrews from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr.

Kim Dunstan, RAN (Ret.)
Chicago
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USS Chicago, docked at the South Brisbane wharves, while on a goodwill visit to Brisbane by the U.S. Navy in March 1941. This was the first visit of an American Naval Squadron to Brisbane during World War II . This was prior to the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Photo: Queensland Newspapers Collection, John Oxley Library Queensland, from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr

Bill Gonyo
Chicago
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142k

USS Chicago, docked at the South Brisbane wharves, while on a goodwill visit to Brisbane by the U.S. Navy, 25 March 1941. This was the first visit of an American Naval Squadron to Brisbane during World War II . This was prior to the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

Photo: Queensland Newspapers Collection, John Oxley Library Queensland, from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr

Tom Bateman
Chicago
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USS Chicago, docked at the South Brisbane wharves, while on a goodwill visit to Brisbane by the U.S. Navy, 25 March 1941. This was the first visit of an American Naval Squadron to Brisbane during World War II . This was prior to the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor in December 1941. USS Portland is moored astern of Chicago.

The squadron was made up of the cruisers USS Chicago, flying the flag of Rear Admiral John H. Newton, and USS Portland, escorted by destroyers Clark, Conygham, Reid, Cassin and Downes. The ships had arrived from Sydney, having also visited New Zealand.

Photo: Queensland Newspapers Collection, John Oxley Library Queensland, from Kookaburra2011's photostream on Flickr

Tom Bateman
Chicago 533k

Photo of the artifacts removed from Chicago prior to her departure for war.

U.S. Navy Photo #5851-43.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
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75k Guadalcanal Landings, August 1942 - Ships maneuvering off Tulagi, Solomon Islands, on 9 August 1942. Photographed from USS Ellet (DD 398). USS Chicago (CA 29) is at right, with a destroyer's stern and wake in the foreground. Column of smoke in the left center distance, beyond the two destroyers, may be from the burning USS George F. Elliott (AP 13). The original color transparency was a 35mm slide.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-K-386.

USNHC
Chicago 105k

Battle of Savo Island, 9 August 1942 - USS Chicago (CA 29) off Guadalcanal the day after the action, showing crewmen cutting away damaged plating to enable the ship to get underway. She had been torpedoed at her extreme bow during the night action of 9 August 1942. View looks forward along her port side, with # 1 eight-inch gun turret in the upper right. Note life rafts hung on the turret side and destroyers in the distance.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-34685.

Scott Dyben
Chicago
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477k

Photo taken by members of VCS-4; Chicago's scout plane squadron dated 8-15-1942, probably at Noumea. Note ripples in deck under anchor chain.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
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409k

Photo taken by members of VCS-4; Chicago's scout plane squadron dated 8-15-1942, probably at Noumea.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
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Photo Caption:

"Showing general effect of the explosion in deflecting the structure to port."

This photo was taken while in drydock in Sydney, Australia prior to temporary repairs.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
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Drydocked in Sydney showing temporary repairs made to the bow prior to depatring for Mare Island.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
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211k

Closeup of temporary repair made in Australia. Dotted line indicates area of the repair. Photo taken 15 October 1942 at Mare Island.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
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255k

Closeup of fully repaired bow. Dotted line indicates area of the repair. Photo taken 27 November 1942 at Mare Island.

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
0402964
297k

Text from a report concerning the analysis of the dents seen in thios photo taken 15 October 1942 at Mare Island:

"Upon drydocking it was found that what is believed to have been a torpedo struck the ship, without exploding, between frames 95 and 96 on the starboard, side, at about nine feet above the base line. No penetration of the plating occurred and no damage resulted except oil weeps around rivet heads which have been caulked.

From a study of the mark left on the ship as a result of this hit mad as indicated by the photograph it appears that the torpedo hit with a glancing blow from a sharp angle on the bow and was deflected downward at an angle of about 45°, the after body slightly denting the plating at frame 95. The head then appears to have struck the edge of the bilge keel at frame 96-1/2 throwing the tail vane in close to where the head originally hit. There are two well defined adjacent indentations at this point, the larger being 6" deep, the smaller 4" deep. /"

National Archives, San Francisco Branch, Mare Island Naval Shipyard General Correspondence files, 1941-47

Tracy White
Chicago
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120k USS Chicago (CA 29) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 14 December 1942. Circles mark alterations made during her last overhaul, including the repair of her torpedo-damaged bow. Note railway cars on the pier, including one full of scrap material. Barges alongside the pier at right include YF-388 (furthest right) and YF-349.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives # 19-N-39220.

USNHC
Chicago 105k

USS Chicago (CA 29) off Mare Island Navy Yard on 20 Dec 1942.

U.S. Navy photo #8010-42.

Darryl Baker
Chicago
0402936
97k
USS Chicago (CA 29) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, at the end of her last overhaul, 20 December 1942.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-39212.

USNHC
Chicago 95k

Battle of Rennell Island, 29-30 January 1943 - Cruisers of Task Force 18 at sea en route to Guadalcanal on 29 January 1943, prior to the Japanese night air attack off Rennell Island. Photographed from USS Wichita (CA 45). USS Chicago (CA 29) is in the right center, with USS Louisville (CA 28) in the distance. Note men on Wichita's deck, working on a paravane.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

Scott Dyben
Chicago 68k

Shown down hard by the stern and sinking on January 30, 1943 after being struck by 6 torpedoes in two days.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 55141.

USNHC

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Simons, Manley Hale, CAPT RADM 03/09/1931 - 06/1933
Kays, Herbert E., CAPT   06/25/1933 - 08/30/1934
Fawell, Reid Marquette, CAPT   08/30/1934 - 06/22/1936
Riebe, Herbert Bernard, CAPT   06/22/1936 - 06/15/1938
Bidwell, Abel Trood, CAPT RADM 06/15/1938 - 12/16/1939
Robertson, Marion Clinton, CAPT   12/16/1939
Bieri, Bernhard Henry, CAPT VADM 1941
Bode, Howard Douglas (Ping), CAPT   01/07/1942 - 12/1942
Davis, Ralph Otis, CAPT RADM 12/1942 - 01/30/1943

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


USS CHICAGO (CL/CA 29) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
USS Chicago CA 29/CA-136/040111/SSN-721

Contact Name: Mr. John McClurg
Address: 204 Monticello Dr Chargin Falls, OH, 44022-3134
Phone: 440-247-3804
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.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
USS Chicago (CA 29) Photo Album By Tom Pirtle.

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