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CLASS - ATLANTA
Displacement 6,000 Tons, Dimensions, 541' 0" (oa) x 53' 2" x 26' 6" (Max)
Armament 16 x 5"/38AA, 16 x 1.1", 16 x 40mm, 8 x 20mm, 8 x 21" tt.
Armor, 3 3/4" Belt, 1 1/4" Turrets, 1 1/4" Deck, 2 1/2" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 75,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 32.5 Knots, Crew 650.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 22 APR 1940 by Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, NJ
Launched 06 SEP 1941
Commissioned 24 DEC 1941
Stricken 13 JAN 1943
Fate: Abandoned and sunk with a demolition charge on 13 NOV 1942 after being disabled by a torpedo and gunfire during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
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Brooklyn Navy Yard (24 Dec 1941) – Attending the commissioning of the cruiser this morning was Miss Margaret Mitchell who was sponsor of the ship (center) with Captain Samuel P. Jenkins (left) commanding officer of the cruiser Atlanta and Commander Campbell O. Emery (Right) is the Executive Officer aboard the cruiser Atlanta. The ship was commissioned today at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
Image courtesy of Acme Newspictures
|454k||Atlanta (CL 51) - Sponsor: Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With the Wind||Dale Hargrave|
USS Atlanta (CL 51) Slides down the building ways, during launching ceremonies at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, 6 September 1941.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-27284.
|Edward H. Cleary/National Archives|
|113k||USS Atlanta (CL 51) Slides down the building ways, during launching ceremonies at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company shipyard, Kearny, New Jersey, 6 September 1941.||David Wright|
|109k||Scene on the ship's fantail, during her commissioning ceremonies
at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y., 24 December 1941. Standing
in the foreground are (left to right):
Captain Samuel P. Jenkins, Commanding Officer;
Rear Admiral Adolphus Andrews;
Margaret Mitchell (Mrs. John R. Marsh), ship's Sponsor;
Captain Harold V. McKittrick; and
Rear Admiral Edward J. Marquart.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57451.
|66k||Another view as completed, most likely on builders trials.||USN|
USS Atlanta (CL 51) underway, probably at the time of her trials, circa November 1941.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57453.
|Edward H. Cleary/USNHC|
USS Atlanta (CL 51) running trials off Rockland, Maine, 26 November 1941.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-27299-A.
|Joe Radigan/National Archives|
USS Atlanta (CL 51) steaming at high speed, probably during her trials, circa November 1941.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 57455.
USS Atlanta (CL 51) In Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, May 1942.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97806.
The light cruiser USS Atlanta (CL 51), foreground, and the Heavy Cruiser USS Vincennes (CA 44) maneuver near the aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV 8) during the Battle of Midway. A wartime photo censor has removed the radar antenna from the Atlanta's foremast. Also, Atlanta was the only US Light Cruiser to participate in the battle.
U.S. Navy photo
USS Atlanta (CL 51) Comes alongside USS San Francisco (CA 38) to refuel, 16 October 1942.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97807.
|Edward H. Cleary/USNHC|
USS Atlanta (CL 51) - Backing down in a south Pacific harbor, 25 October 1942.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-266844.
|Scott Dyben/National Archives|
|Jenkins, Samuel Power, CAPT||12/24/1941 - 11/13/1942|
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)
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