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USS WORCESTER (CL 144)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - India - Papa - India

CLASS - WORCESTER
Displacement 14,700 Tons, Dimensions, 679' 6" (oa) x 70' 8" x 25' (Max)
Armament 12 x 6"/47AA, 24 x 3"/50AA, 12 x 20mm.
Armor, 5" Belt, 6 1/2" Turrets, 3 1/2" Deck, 5" Conning Tower.
Machinery, 120,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 4 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Crew 1401.

Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 29 JAN 1945 by New York Shipbuilding
Launched 4 FEB 1947
Commissioned 26 JUN 1948
Decommissioned 19 DEC 1958
Stricken 1 DEC 1970
Fate Sold for scrap to Zidell Explorations, Inc., of Portland, OR on 5 JUL 1972
Two Hundred tons of Armor Plate from the Worcester have been put to use at the Fermi National Accelerator Labratory.
(Thanks to Mark Janowski for this information)

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Worcester
0414423
468k Model of CL 144 (identified as Gary, which was actually the unbuilt CL 147) shows quad 40mm in place of the 3”/50s installed at completion. Also it has the mk4/22 fire control radars and shows an SK-2 radar which was not installed either, as well as the fantail catapults. David Buell
Worcester 44k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Off the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 24 June 1948, two days before she was commissioned. Several civilian tugs are alongside.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97333.

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Worcester 32k Port view USN
Worcester 90k Starboard view, (Poor) USN
Worcester
0414422
1460k

Port bow view while underway, date and location unknown. Note that the crew is either manning the rails or at quarters.

Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum

Darryl Baker
Worcester 87k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Off San Juan, Puerto Rico, circa 1949-51. A HO3S helicopter is flying overhead.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97334.

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Worcester 97k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Takes blue water over the bow, as ice forms on board during North Atlantic operations, circa 1948-50. Original print bears a date stamp of 4 April 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97338.

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Worcester 140k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Underway in the Mediterranean with other ships of the Sixth Fleet, June 1950.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 91832.

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Worcester 83k

USS Worcester (CL 144) "reposes at anchor among the gondolas in the harbor at Venice, Italy." (Quoted from the original caption). Photograph is dated 13 December 1951.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH97336.

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Worcester 159k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Underway, with her crew at quarters during Memorial Day services, 31 May 1952.

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 91831.

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Worcester 122k The bow of the USS Worcester (CL 144) as seen from the USS Baltimore (CA 68) while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
Ex QMS 2/C
Worcester 116k The forward superstructure of the USS Worcester (CL 144) as seen from the USS Baltimore (CA 68) while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
Ex QMS 2/C
Worcester 77k Stern view of the USS Worcester (CL 144) as seen from the USS Baltimore (CA 68) while in the Med during 1952. George Panos
Ex QMS 2/C
Worcester 75k

Port bow view, underway, 1953.

From the collection of the Naval Record Club.

Richard Leonhardt
Worcester
0414421
1.54m Port bow view moored in what appears to be Boston, MA, 1954. Jacques Alliod
Worcester 121k Port bow, along side USS Albany (CA 123) at pier 5, Norfolk. USS Northampton (CLC 1) is on the opposite side of the pier. Summer, 1954. Larry Bohn
Worcester 148k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Testing her anti-nuclear radiation "washdown" system, 7 July 1954. The original caption reads: "USS Worcester ... steaming under a protective water screen during atomic defense maneuvers. The ship employs its salt water system to cleanse itself of radioactive debris resulting from an atomic attack. The water carrying the radioactive debris is shown being discharged into the sea."

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97335.

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Worcester 34k Starboard bow view, at anchor, Ouest, France. From the collection of the Marius Bar. Eric Dahlstrom
Worcester 16k Port Quarter, taken from the USS Cotten (DD 669) in September 1955 while in the Med. Bill Shukis, USN (Ret.)
Worcester 17k Stern, taken from the USS Cotten (DD 669) in September 1955 while in the Med. Bill Shukis, USN (Ret.)
Worcester 84k

USS Worcester (CL 144) Tied up at Long Beach, California, in October 1956. USS Helena (CA 75) is in the left background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center #NH 97339.

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Worcester
0414420
1615k

Starboard bow view while entering San Francisco Bay in 1958.

Photo taken by Allied Photographers of San Francisco.

Robert M. Cieri
Tucson
0409807
508k Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA, 31 March 1963. From Right to Left: Unknown Cleveland Class Light Cruiser, USS Vicksburg (CL 86), USS Bremerton (CA 130), USS Worcester (CL 144), USS Roanoke (CL 145), USS Tucson (CLAA 98). Dennis Tyra
Worcester 95k

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Washington - Ships laid up in reserve at Bremerton, 19 March 1970. They are, from left to right: USS Fort Marion (LSD 22), USS Missouri (BB 63), USS Roanoke (CL 145) and USS Worcester (CL 144).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph #USN 1143678.

National Archives

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Dugan, Thomas Buchanan, CAPT   06/26/48 - 06/24/49
Wilson, Ralph Ensign, CAPT VADM 06/24/49 - 06/06/50
Henderson, Harry Havelock, CAPT   06/06/50 - 05/04/51
Buchanan, Charles Allen, CAPT RADM 05/04/51 - 01/05/52
Cochran, Joe Brice, CAPT   05/04/51 - 12/12/52
McIlhenny, Harry Haywood, CAPT RADM 12/12/52 - 02/08/54
Armstrong Jr., Henry Jacques, CAPT RADM 02/08/54 - 05/03/55
Wales, George Herrick, CAPT RADM 05/03/55 - 08/010/56
Williams, Russell C., CAPT RADM 08/01/56 - 12/19/57
Hogan Jr., Thomas Wesley, CAPT   12/19/57 - 12/19/58

(List courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves & Peter Williams - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS WORCESTER (CL-144) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Mr. Phil Harter
Address: 24 Jansen Rd New Paltz, NY, 12561-3812
Phone: 914-255-2603
E-mail: PhilHarter@aol.com


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 Worcester Association.

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