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Ship Photo of the Day

Griz882

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Watching the 1965 film "In Harm's Way"
In the movie, just after Pearl Harbor, Kirk Douglas as CDR Paul Eddington (who would never survive today's Navy with his treatment of nurses) gets to utter one of the best naval movie quotes ever..."Old Rock of Ages, we've got ourselves another war. A gut bustin', mother-lovin' Navy war!"
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Griz882

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Watching the 1965 film "In Harm's Way" (John Wayne's last black and white film). In the film, Captain Torrey (John Wayne) has command of a heavy cruiser at Pearl Harbor. The ship used for these scenes was the USS Saint Paul (CA-73), a Baltimore class heavy cruiser. Unlike some other cruisers which were later outfitted with missiles, the Saint Paul kept her all gun armament to the end.

The Saint Paul was commissioned in 1945, joining the fleet off Japan in July 1945. She also served in Korea and Vietnam.

Length: 673 ft, Beam: 71 ft, Displacement: 14,500 tons
4 boilers pushed 120,000 HP through 4 screws for 32+ knots
Main armament: 9 (3x3) 8"/55 cal cannons firing 335 lb shells out to 30,000 yards.
Secondaries: 12 (6x2) 5"/38 cal dual purpose, 48 (12x4) 40mm Bofors, 22 20mm Oerlikons
Armor: Belt: 4"-6", Deck: 2.5"
Commissioned: 17 Feb 1945, Decommissioned: 30 Apr 1971, Struck: 31 Jul 1978

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The U.S. Navy heavy cruiser USS Saint Paul (CA-73) underway in Massachusetts Bay, 15 March 1945

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Saint Paul fires her 8-inch 55-caliber (203-mm) guns at Chinese troops threatening the evacuation of United Nations forces from Hungnam, North Korea, in December 1950

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Three gun salvo from Turret Three of the USS Saint Paul while bombarding at Inchon, Korea, circa 21-31 January 1951. Note the projectles in flight in the upper left of the photo.

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The destroyer USS Buck (DD-761), battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64), and Saint Paul steam in close formation during operations off the Korean coast in 1952.

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USS Saint Paul (CA 73) near Wonsan, Korea, on 27 July 1953, just before signing of the truce at Panmunjon. A 12.7 cm (5 in) shell is fired from ship against North Korean shore batteries. This round is believed to have been the last fired on enemy positions by UN Naval units before the armistice.


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On station in Vietnam (note the missing forward 5" turret)

Also alluded to in the movie is the USS Ward, DD-139. An old Wickes Class four-stack destroyer with WWI duty, she drew first blood on December 7 when she sank an IJN mini-sub trying to enter Pearl Harbor.

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She was built at Mare Island Navy Yard.
Laid Down: 15 May 1918
Launched: 1 June 1918 (yes, she was completed in 14 days!)
Commissioned: 24 July 1918
Moth-Balled: 21 July 1921
Reactivated: 15 January 1941
Reclassified: "High Speed Transport" APD-16 16 February 1943
Sunk 7 December 1944 (Kamikaze attack)

Rediscovered: 5 December, 2017.

 

Flash

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In the movie, just after Pearl Harbor, Kirk Douglas as CDR Paul Eddington (who would never survive today's Navy with his treatment of nurses) gets to utter one of the best naval movie quotes ever..."Old Rock of Ages, we've got ourselves another war. A gut bustin', mother-lovin' Navy war!"
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The actual officer Douglas's character was likely loosely based on, who in real life wasn't as bad as the character, didn't do too well back then either. IIRC correctly he had a reputation for really hard drinking and running around with other officer's wives, one of which he later married. He was put out to pasture and had to retire while his peers made flag.

I did like the LBJ-based character too, very timely.
 

jollygreen07

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Also alluded to in the movie is the USS Ward, DD-139. An old Wickes Class four-stack destroyer with WWI duty, she drew first blood on December 7 when she sank an IJN mini-sub trying to enter Pearl Harbor.

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She was built at Mare Island Navy Yard.
Laid Down: 15 May 1918
Launched: 1 June 1918 (yes, she was completed in 14 days!)
Commissioned: 24 July 1918
Moth-Balled: 21 July 1921
Reactivated: 15 January 1941
Reclassified: "High Speed Transport" APD-16 16 February 1943
Sunk 7 December 1944 (Kamikaze attack)

Rediscovered: 5 December, 2017.

In one of those weird quirks of war, the man who commanded WARD during the attack at Pearl was the skipper of O’BRIEN (DD-725) when she was charged with scuttling WARD with main battery gunfire.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_W._Outerbridge
 

Randy Daytona

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In the movie, just after Pearl Harbor, Kirk Douglas as CDR Paul Eddington (who would never survive today's Navy with his treatment of nurses) gets to utter one of the best naval movie quotes ever..."Old Rock of Ages, we've got ourselves another war. A gut bustin', mother-lovin' Navy war!"
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Quite the all-star cast in the movie: John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, James Mitchum, Henry Fonda, Slim Pickens, etc. Was trying to remember where I saw the actress who played Eddington's wife - looked it up and she was in one of the original Star Trek episodes (By Any Other Name): Barbara Bouchet.

Back to naval vessels, good article in Proceedings about The USS Thresher.

https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2019/may/thresher-freedom-information-act-request-yielding-results

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Renegade One

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The character Neal Owyn seems to at least to be partially based on LBJ, especially given the year the movie was released and the lead actor's political leanings.
Well, I don't really see it, any more than the character Jere Torrey being based on JFK, but whatever.
 

Randy Daytona

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Randy Daytona

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The USS Detroit (CL-8) was an Omaha class light cruiser. She was one of only two ships present at both Pearl Harbor and Tokyo Bay for the surrender (the other being the USS West Virginia). Being quite old, she served in Alaska and South America during WW2, only arriving with the main fleets in 1945.

Length: 555 ft, Beam: 55 ft, Displacement: 9,500 tons
4 turbines producing 90,000 HP fed 4 screws and gave 35 knots.
Main Armament (1945) 4 (2x2) 6"/53 caliber guns in turrets, 4 more 6"/53 caliber guns in casemounts. 2 triple 21" torpedo tubes.
AA Armament (1945) 8 3"/50 caliber, 5 twin 40 mm Bofors, 12 single 20 mm Oerkilons.
Armor: Belt: 3", Deck: 1.5"-4"
Commissioned: 31 July 1923, Decommissioned: 11 January 1946, Struck: 21 January 1946

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