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USS Detroit (CL 8) launching at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 29 June 1922. Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1981.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 92817.
|37k||Early war image, post Pearl Harbor repairs.||USN|
|120k||Undated, pre-war image.||USN|
|102k||Undated late war image, showing her in her final configuration.||USN|
|82k||Undated, starboard bow image.||Tom Kermen|
|82k||A press photo of Detroit on 28 March 1923 with the following caption:
"A NEW CRUISER FOR UNCLE SAM.
PHOTO SHOWS THE NEW U S CRUISER "DETROIT" OUT FOR A TRIAL SPIN AFTER LEAVING THE FORE RIVER YARD OF THE BETHLEHEM SHIP BUILDING CORPORATION. THIS CRUISER IS 552 FEET LONG, HAS 90,000 RATED HORSEPOWER, AND IS CAPABLE OF DEVELOPING 105,000. QUADRUPLE PROPELLERS, AND METAL RIGGING ENTIRELY INSULATED FROM THE DECK FOR THE FACILITATING OF RADIO COMMUNICATION. THE VESSEL WILL MAKE HER FINAL TRIAL TRIPS FOR THE GOVERNMENT EXPERTS ABOUT APRIL 15TH.
International News Reel photo #200643
USS Detroit (CL 8) at Venice, Italy, 11 November 1923, dressed with flags in honor of King Victor Emanuel's birthday.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 54508.
|114k||Laid up in drydock at the Boston Navy Yard in 1928||Mike Green|
|164k||Laid up in drydock at the Boston Navy Yard in 1928. Note the work being done on the propeller.||Mike Green|
USS Detroit (CL 8) at Belfast, Northern Ireland on 25 September 1929.
Imperial War Museum Belfast Telegraph Collection, Photo #HU 111338. ?© IWM
Starboard quarter view of the USS Detroit (CL 8) anchored at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, circa 1930.
City of Vancouver Archives, Photo #AM640-S1-2-:CVA 260-281, by James Crookall.
|111k||Off San Diego, CA, 26 September 1931.||Ron Reeves|
|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);
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);
USS Indianapolis (CA 35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
|National Archives/Scott Dyben|
|110k||Starboard quarter view in transit through what appears to be the Gaillard Cut. From the collection of Gerald M. Charpentier of New Orleans, LA. Donated by his niece, Elaine C. Witty-Charpentier.||Elaine C. Witty-Charpentier.|
USS Detroit (CL 8) In the harbor at San Diego, California, 10 January 1935. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 64610.
|2.1m||Front of the 1937 Christmas dinner menu. This item folds into a card. From the collection of Joseph Ozga.||Fred Ozga|
|2.4m||Back of the 1937 Christmas dinner menu - Ships Roster. From the collection of Joseph Ozga.||Fred Ozga|
|1.6m||Outstanding photo of the crew of the USS Detroit (CL 8), San Diego, CA, 1 October 1938||S. Honour|
|1.2m||Front of the 1938 Christmas dinner menu. This item folds into a card. From the collection of Joseph Ozga.||Fred Ozga|
|1.9m||Back of the 1938 Christmas dinner menu - Ships Roster. From the collection of Joseph Ozga.||Fred Ozga|
|972k||A freshly painted USS Detroit (CL 8) in Drydock, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, February 1939. From the collection of Joseph Ozga.||Fred Ozga|
|2.6m||Cover from the contributor's father's "Log Album" from 1940 cruise. Ports listed are San Diego, Honolulu Territory of Hawaii (TH), Lahaina, TH, Christmas Island, Pearl Harbor, TH, Palmyra Island, San Francisco, CA, Maui, TH, Equator, Johnson Island.||S. Honour|
Pearl Harbor raid, 7 December 1941 - Photograph of the western
side of Ford Island and ships in moorings offshore, taken from a
Japanese Navy plane during the attack. Ships are (from left to
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 50933.
USS Detroit (CL 8) plan view of the ship's forward superstructure and bow area, taken at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 18 February 1942. Note Detroit's tripod foremast, signal flag bins and 6"/53 guns in casemate mounts.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-28442.
USS Detroit (CL 8) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, 18 February 1942. Note the 3"/50 guns and searchlights aboard Detroit. The British cruiser HMS Orion (85) is in background.
U.S. National Archives, Photo #19-N-28441
USS Detroit (CL 8) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, on 15 August 1942. Note her anchor, anchor gear and 6"/53 guns. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. USS Preston (DD 379) is in the left background and YF-380 is in the far center distance.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-33052.
USS Detroit (CL 8) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 August 1942. Note her after 6"/53 guns and men lounging on the fantail. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Destroyers in the background include USS Preston (DD 379), at right, and USS Conyngham (DD 371), at left. On the far side of the pier from them are USS Caldwell (DD 605), in the far center distance beyond Preston's bow, and USS Walke (DD 416), at left beyond Conyngham. YOS 1 is in the far right distance.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-33050.
USS Detroit (CL 8) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 16 August 1942.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-33047.
USS Detroit (CL 8) departing Mare Island on 16 August 1942. She was under going repairs at the yard from 4 July to 16 August 1942.
Navy Photo #4864-8-42
An OS2U-3 Kingfisher of Cruiser Scouting Squadron One (VCS 1) is catapulted off the cruiser USS Detroit (CL 8) during operations in the Aleutians. The aircraft is flown by LT Steve Corneliussen with Petty Officer Paul Proffer in the rear seat. Note the vertical white identifier stripe on the tail of the aircraft.
Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum
|243k||1943 photo of the USS
Raleigh (CL 7) astern of the USS Detroit (CL 8).
The Detroit is catapulting one of her Cruiser Scouting
Squadron One (VCS1) OS2U-3 planes. The Raleigh has just
launched a OS2U-1 scouting plane just prior to this photo and her
port catapult is still extended in launch position.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo #1999.298.010
|186k||The USS Detroit (CL 8), operating in the Aleutian
Islands in 1943, is seen over the left wing of an OS2U-3
Kingfisher. The Kingfisher is part of Cruiser Scouting Squadron
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1999.298.009
|156k||An OS2U-3 Kingfisher piloted by LT Steve T. Corneliussen lands
in the slick created by USS Detroit (CL 8) in 1943 during
the Aleutian Island campaign. The aircraft was assigned to the
ship as part of Cruiser Scouting Squadron One (VCS-1).
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1999.298.006
|195k||1943 photo of the USS Detroit (CL 8) retrieving an
aircraft of Cruiser Scouting Squadron One (VCS1). The plane,
piloted by Lt Steve Corneliussen, has been snagged by the sea sled
and is in position to be hoisted back aboard the Detroit.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1999.298.008
|274k||An OS2U-3, part of Cruiser Scouting Squadron One (VCS-1),
alongside the USS Detroit (CL 8) in 1943 during the
Aleutian Island operations in 1943.
US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1999.298.005
USS Detroit (CL 8) off Port Angeles, Washington, 22 March 1943.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-42678.
Starboard quarter view, 1944, location unknown.
U.S. Navy photo
USS Detroit (CL 8) off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 11 April 1944. Her camouflage is Design 3d in the Measure 31-32-33 series.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-63759.
USS Detroit (CL 8) off Port Angeles, Washington, 14 April 1944. Her camouflage is Design 3d in the Measure 31-32-33 series.
Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives #19-N-63828.
USS Detroit (CL 8) on 9 June 1944, in Massacre Bay, Attu, Alaska, wearing measure 33/3d camouflage.
United States National Archives, Photo #80-G-239365, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, (usndazzle.com).
USS Detroit (CL 8) off San Francisco, California, following overhaul, 10 January 1945. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph #NH 45695.
|116k||Final refit photo of the Detroit at San Francisco Navy Yard on 10 January 1945.||USN|
|689k||Starboard quarter view on 11 January 1945 with indications of alterations performed at San Francisco, CA.||David Buell|
|26k||I was assigned to USS Detroit in January 1944 at Bremerton, WA and was aboard her till she was decommissioned in Philadelphia. After the surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay on 2 September 1945, we went to Pearl Harbor, via Midway, and spent Navy Day tied up there, We had about ten thousand visitors aboard that day, probably on account that the Detroit was a survivor of the attack on 7 December 1941. We left Pearl Harbor and headed for Philadelphia to be decommissioned. On the way, we stopped at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA to drop off passengers. Here is a picture that my brother-in-law took of the Detroit tied up at Terminal Island. No one but me and another sailor off the Detroit has seen this picture.||Howie Johnson|
|102k|| Battleships in dry-dock; Tennessee
(BB 43) & California
(BB 44) taken between 8 May and 27 October 1946.
This photo comes from the U. S. Naval Institute and has an accompanying photocopy identifying all of the surrounding ships.
It does identify the two cruisers as Detroit (CL 8) (inboard) and Trenton (CL 11) (outboard). It also identifies two returned U.K. DEs: HMS Rupert (DE 96) outboard of Olympia (ex-C 6) (IX 40), and HMS Berry (DE 3) ahead of the cruisers, and visible in the California's photo (it's still wearing its British hull #--K312).
The Naval Institute photo was taken at a later date, as more of the "packaging" on the two battleships had been completed.
According to Tennessee's deck logs, she entered Drydock #5 with California on 8 May 1946.
South Dakota (BB 57) (mid-stern section visible at upper left of photo) subsequently entered Drydock #4--the 1946 "Navy Day" program from the shipyard indicates that this had taken place by 27th October of that year.
The four CLs that were scrapped in Drydock #4 at the
Philadelphia NSY were: Omaha (CL
4), Cincinnati (CL 6),
Raleigh (CL 7) and Marblehead (CL 12).
The remaining CLs; Detroit (CL 8), Trenton
(CL 11), Richmond (CL
9), Concord (CL 10)
and Memphis (CL 13) were
all sold to the Patapsco Scrap Co. of Baltimore. The sales bid
(B-76-47AV T) was opened on 6 Dec 46; the five ships were sold
for $336,140 (or $67,228 each), and custody of the ships was
transferred to Patapsco between 27 December 46 and 21 January
The "light colored objects" in front of the two cruisers might "possibly" be barbettes from the Illinois (BB 65). According to drawings in the 1945 "Gun Mount and Turret Catalog", these two items appear to be about the same diameter as the barbettes for the two BBs' Tennessee & California; 14"/50 triple gun turrets; inside diameter 31 feet, from the same source -- outside diameter would have been about 33 feet. The Illinois barbettes would have an inside diameter about 37 1/4 feet, outside diameter rather over 39 feet.
|USN photo submitted by Joe Lewis, courtesy of U. S. Naval Institute. Majority text by Joe Lewis. Chuck Haberlein contributed to the (BB-65) i.d. with text.|
|Halligan Jr., John, CAPT||1989||RADM||07/31/1923 - 12/11/1925|
|Hunt, Walter Merrill, CAPT||1899||12/11/1925 - 07/05/1926|
|Bryant, Samuel Woods, CAPT||1900||RADM||07/05/1926 - 03/10/1928|
|Laird, George Hayes, CDR||1907||03/10/1928 - 07/11/1928|
|Mallison, William Thomas, CDR||1907||07/11/1928 - 07/13/1928|
|White, Richard Drake, CAPT||1899||07/13/1928 - 06/15/1931|
|Post, Nathan Woodworth, CAPT||1904||06/15/1931 - 06/03/1933|
|Brainard, Roland Munroe, CAPT||1906||VADM||06/03/1933 - 12/19/1934|
|Ravenscroft, George Mastick, CAPT||1907||12/19/1934 - 06/08/1936|
|Clement, Samuel Averett, CAPT||1907||06/08/1936 - 07/01/1938|
|Hustvedt, Olaf Mandt, CAPT||1909||VADM||
07/01/1938 - 05/31/1939
|Weyler, George Lester, CAPT||1910||05/31/1939 - 07/15/1940|
|Pickhardt, Adolf von Scheven, CAPT||1913||COMO||07/15/1940 - 12/25/1940|
|Wiltsie, Lloyd Jerome, CAPT||1914||RADM||12/25/1940 - 04/05/1942|
|Geiselman, Ellis Hugh, CAPT||1918||04/05/1942 - 10/19/1943|
|Sickel IV, Horatio Gates, CAPT||1920||10/19/1943 - 07/22/1944|
|Curry Jr., Duncan, CAPT||1921||07/22/1944 - 07/20/1945|
|Graves Jr., Edwin Darius, CAPT||1921A||07/20/1945 - 06/11/1946|
(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)
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