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USS HAWAII (CB 3/CBC 1)


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Uniform - Foxtrot - Victor

CLASS - ALASKA
Displacement 27,000 Tons, Dimensions, 808' 6" (oa) x 90' 9" x 31' 9" (Max)
Armament 9 x 12"/50 12 x 5/38AA, 56 x 40mm 34 x 20mm, 4 AC
Armor, 9" Belt, 12 4/5" Turrets, 1 2/5" +4" +5/8" Decks, 10 3/5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 150,000 SHP; G.E. Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1517.
Operational and Building Data
Ordered 09 SEP 1940
Keel laid on DEC 1943 at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, NJ
Launched 03 NOV 1945
Redesignated CBC 1 26 FEB 1952
Redesignated CB 3 09 OCT 1954
Stricken 09 JUN 1958
Fate: Construction halted at 84% complete in SEP 1947. Sold for scrap to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD in 1959

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USS Hawaii (CB 3) Leaving the launching ways at the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N. J. on 3 November 1945.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives #80-G-354097.

National Archives
Hawaii 107k

USS Hawaii (CB 3) Under construction at the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey on 3 July 1946. The after 12" turret and three after 5" mounts are in place--the latter without their shields. Shipyard gear and men on deck indicate that construction was still underway, but little additional visible progress was made before work was officially suspended on 17 February 1947. Courtesy of Charles N. Dragonette.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93585.

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Hawaii 116k

USS Hawaii (CB 3) The stack area of the ship during construction at the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey on 8 January 1947. Visible preparations for mothballing include plating over the top of the stack and over the empty 5" gun position to port. Construction was officially suspended on 17 February 1947. Note shipyard workers' graffiti, apparently related to a union election. Courtesy of Charles N. Dragonette.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93588.

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Hawaii 103k

USS Hawaii (CB 3) The bridge area of the ship during construction at the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey on 8 January 1947. Construction was officially suspended on 17 February 1947, when the ship was 82.4 percent complete. Note shipyard workers' graffiti, apparently related to a union election. Courtesy of Charles N. Dragonette.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93587.

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Hawaii
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This 1949 photo taken from the endpapers of New York Shipbuilding's 50th anniversary book, shows Newton Creek at high tide. The view is to the southeast, toward Gloucester Heights. Yorkship Village (Fairview) is at the upper left, flanked by the North Branch and the wide tidal floodplain of the creek's main channel. A causeway bridge across the main channel links Yorkship Village's Collings Road with Gloucester at the upper right. A rail line (note the freight train) follows the west bank of the creek. Conspicuously missing from this image are the east end of the Walt Whitman Bridge, I-676, and the bridge interchange, all built in the late 1950s. Most of the tidal floodplain seen here was filled and the course of the North Branch was altered during construction. The mouth of Newton Creek is at the center right. A heavy cruiser or battleship is moored in the creek. Another capital ship occupies one of the open slipways. Portions of two light carriers can be seen in the wet slip at the lower left, adjacent to the covered slipways.

In the lower left of center of the photo are two CVL’s afloat and fitting-out. I believe this to be the sisters USS Saipan (CVL 48) and USS Wright (CVL 49), the last two CVL’s to be built. This being the case, the photo would have to have taken in the time period between 1 Sep 45 (launch of CVL 49) and 14 Jul 46 (commissioning of CVL 48).

The large vessel fitting out to the right of the carriers, afloat and under cover, appears to be an Alaska Class Large Cruiser. USS Hawaii (CB 3) was launched on 3 Nov 45, and construction photos show the fitting out of the vessel under cover.

The cruiser hull on the stocks on the right of the photo could be canceled USS Youngstown (CL 94). Scrapping of the incomplete vessel began on the builder’s way on 21 Jan 1946.

Not seen on the stocks is another light cruiser, USS New Haven (CL 109), which was launched 14 Dec 1945, 67.8% complete. Construction was canceled 14 Aug 45.

The is also what appears to be a Baltimore class heavy cruiser at the far right of the photo, in near-complete condition. USS Toledo (CA 133) was launched in May 1945, and commissioned 27 Oct 1946. In the early spring of 1946, this vessel may have been this far along in its fitting-out, to have reached the ship’s condition of the photo, but that is only speculation, on my part.

Bill Fessenden
Hawaii 108k

USS Hawaii (CB 3) The forward portion of the ship during construction at the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey on 8 January 1947. Construction was officially suspended on 17 February 1947. z`'s three 12-inch gun turrets were removed when the ship was moved to the Philadelphia Reserve Fleet. Courtesy of Charles N. Dragonette.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 93586.

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The unfinished Hawaii be removed for scrapping, Note 12" turrets have been removed.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 89293.

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USS HAWAII (CB-3/CBC-1) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

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Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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