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USS Sheehan (DE 541)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - F - M
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Sheehan (DE 541) Building and Operational Data:
  • 08 November 1943: Keel laid by the Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, Mass.
  • 17 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Catherine Sheehan, mother of Chief Quartermaster Sheehan
  • 30 August 1945: Work suspended, assigned to Atlantic Inactive Fleet
  • 07 January 1946: Contract cancelled
  • 02 July 1946: Hull sold for scrap on to John J. Duane Co., Quincy, Mass.
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    Sheehan 97k 17 December 1943: Boston Naval Shipyard - The sponsor for USS Sheehan (DE 541), Mrs. Catherine Sheehan, breaks a bottle of New York State champagne over the bow of the ship named for her son during her launching at the Boston Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14236-1)
    Stephen P. Carlson
    Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP
    Charlestown (Boston) Navy Yard
    Sheehan 67k 17 December 1943: Boston Naval Shipyard - USS Sheehan slides down Shipways 1 at the Boston Navy Yard on 17 December 1943. Due to changes in priorities, the vessel was never completed and was officially cancelled on 07 January 1946. The incomplete hull was later sold for scrap.

    (U.S. Navy photograph, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-14236-2)

    Additional Memorabilia
    Namesake Biography
    Courtesy of
    Steve Carlson
    Launch Memorandum
    Courtesy of
    Steve Carlson

    View the USS Sheehan (DE 541) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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