Friday, March 19, 2010

USS Pittsburgh saves the day.

The USS Pittsburgh is itself one of the most battered ships in history, but she has some other accomplishments.

Today is the anniversary of the USS Pittsburgh coming to the rescue of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin during World War II.  The Franklin may be the most battle-damaged ship in the history of the US Navy that nonetheless managed to stay afloat.  After multiple bomb hits, and hundreds of casualties, the USS Pittsburgh towed the Franklin the not insignificant distance to Pearl Harbor for repair. 


Anonymous Vannevar said...

Remarkable that she was commissioned in Boston Oct. 1944, and fighting at Iwo Jima in February 1945.

The fact that the hull survived the loss of the bow is a tribute to the quality of shipbuilding even in the wartime race to produce.

Nice article, Lieutenant.

Friday, March 19, 2010 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

true... direct to the fight might be the way to put it.

I am more amazed by LST 750 (the erstwhile USS Allegheny County) which was literally launched from NEville island on April 30, 1944 and sunk off the Phillipines that December.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 7:49:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I think Sweden holds the record for least time from launching to sinking for a naval vessel with the Vasa.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:27:00 PM  
Blogger C. Briem said...

I've seen the Vasa in the museum they have put it in.. I think they were still working on preserving the wood. Amazing.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous MH said...

They should have torched the museum two hours into the opening ceremony. Keep-up the theme.

Saturday, March 20, 2010 1:49:00 PM  

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