Monday, May 21, 2018
USS Detroit-- Part 1: Was At Pearl Harbor
I have been writing about the six ships named USS Detroit in the U.S. Navy in my Cooter's History Thing Blog. One of the ships was from the War of 11812, another from the Civil War and another from the War of 1812. The fourth one was in World War II so I will go into more detail about it here.
This on is of particular interest as it was one of only a few ships at Pearl Harbor able to get underway during the attack on December 7, 1941.
The fourth USS Detroit was an Omaha-class light cruiser, originally a class designated as scout cruisers.
It was 555-feet long, has a 55-foot beam with a speed of 35 knots. Its main armament varied much during the ship's career, but at one time the main battery was ten six-inch guns. During peace-time, the ship had 29 officers and 429 enlisted.