american Us Navy - United States Navy USS Quincy (CA-39) (+1942)
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nationality american
purpose war
type cruiser (heavy)
propulsion steam
date built 1936
weight (tons) 9375  disp (surf)
dimensions 179.3 x 18.8 x 5.9 m
material steel
engine 4 x Parsons/Westinghouse geared turbines. 8 Babcock & Wilcox boilers, 4 screws.
armament 9 × 8 in (200 mm)/55 cal guns (3x3) 8 × 5 in (130 mm)/25 cal guns,[1] 8 × .50 in (12.70 mm) machine guns
power 107000  s.h.p.
speed 32  knots
about the loss
cause lost naval battle
date lost 09/08/1942  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.389rank: 289
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Bethlehem Fairfield Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd. - Bethlehem Steel, Fairfield
engine by
Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co., Essington
Us Navy - United States Navy
captain Captain William Faulkner Amsden
no. of crew 1020
about the wreck
status well broken up
depth (m.) 1000 max. / -- min. (m)
position on seabed upright
visibility bad
sea bed mud
marine life average
war grave yes
entered by Allen Tony
entered 14/06/2008
last update Gothro Phil
last update 13/06/2014
[1] Lettens Jan20/09/2010
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De Graw Lawrence08/08/2010

I am continuing to encounter major discrepancies with "last-known" position for the USS Quincy (CA-39), lost in the 31-minute naval night engagement of 09 August 1942.

To date, I am finding (3) completely divergent last-knowns for this valiant ship: one at ENE (or at best NNE) of Savo; a second, "due south" and close into shore off Savo; and now today, a position seemingly WSW of Savo. My opinion has to continue to go with the first ENE plotting.

Recently, (just this past week), I had the great good fortune of being able to contact Dan Galvin , an 83-year old survivor of the USS Quincy, who was 19 at the time of the event. He now lives outside Boston, MA, and just last evening I was able to send him probably the most pivotal question we could ever pose: According to your best recollection, where did the Quincy do down? If he responds back to me, I'll be sure to post, but very curious stuff here.

De Graw Lawrence08/08/2010

Wreckdive Information

Viewed professional wreckdiver Brad Sheard's website and contacted the Solomon Islands Visitor's website recently, and learned curiously that the Quincy is known to rest in waters NNE/ENE of volcanic Savo Island. It is alleged that she sank in waters so deep that even experienced, professional divers will not attempt the descent without Bell or DSRV.

Can you imagine what might be seen and found in Ironbottom Sound?

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De Graw Lawrence08/08/2010Dan Galvin indicates that the Quincy went down steadily, in less than ten (10) minutes. She sank almost vertically -- bow first -- and with an even 45-degree list began sinking into its own watery vortex.

He said he could see the twin props still spinning slowly high overhead as she began to slink below the waterline. Men who survived the attack on-deck said they just waited until the waterline was upon them, then simply stepped off into the fired oily waters all about them.

It would be a while before the sharks came ... and (5) hours before the arrival of the USS Ellet . Imagine the terror of these moments ...
Allen Tony14/06/2008USS Quincy (CA-39) was a United States Navy New Orleans-class heavy cruiser sunk at the Battle of Savo Island in 1942. She was laid down by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, 15 November 1933, launched 19 June 1935, sponsored by Mrs. Henry S. Morgan, and commissioned at Boston 9 June 1936, Captain William Faulkner Amsden in command. While on patrol in the channel between Florida Island and Savo Island, in the early hours of 9 August 1942, Quincy was attacked by a large Japanese naval force during the Battle of Savo Island and sustained many direct hits, with all guns out of action, which killed 370 men including the captain and 167 men wounded.

She sank at an area which was later known as Ironbottom Sound.
Lettens Jan02/01/2010The Battle of Savo Island

On August 9th, 1942, a Japanese force of seven cruisers and one destroyer (Vice Admiral Mikawa Gunichi) approaches west of Savo Island, Solomons, undetected.

The defeat is one of the worst ever inflicted on the U.S. Navy. Allied ships depart Guadalcanal area. Japanese vessels temporarily control waters around Guadalcanal.

Heavy cruiser USS ASTORIA (CA-34) is sunk by gunfire of Japanese heavy cruisers CHOKAI, AOBA, KINUGASA and KAKO.

USS QUINCY (CA-39) is sunk by gunfire of heavy cruisers AOBA, KAKO, and FURUTAKA and light cruiser TENRYU and is finally torpedoed by light cruiser YUBARI.

USS VINCENNES (CA-44) is sunk by gunfire and torpedo from heavy cruiser CHOKAI and gunfire from KAKO, AOBA, KINUGASA and light cruiser YUBARI.

The fourth Allied ship lost off Savo is Australian heavy cruiser HMAS CANBERRA which, badly damaged by Japanese gunfire, is scuttled by destroyer SELFRIDGE (DD-357).

On August 10th, U.S. submarine S-44 (SS-155) sinks the Japanese heavy cruiser KAKO near Kavieng, as KAKO retires from the Battle of Savo Island. She sinks off Simbari Island. Thirty-four crewmen are killed, but Captain Takahashi and most of KAKO's crew are rescued by AOBA, FURUTAKA and KINUGASA.
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 Cressman R. J., Official Chronology of the U.S. Navy in WWII

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John Paul Jones - An American Naval Hero and known as father of the American Navy.

John Paul was born in a gardener's cottage in Kirkbean, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. He went to sea as a youth and was a merchant shipmaster by the age of twenty-one. After killing a mutinous sailor at Tobago he added 'Jones' to his name and began a new life in America. He volunteered early in the War of Independence to serve in his adopted country's infant navy, and managed to obtain a lieutenant's commission in the Continental Navy.

He took the war to the enemy's homeland with daring raids along the British coast and the famous victory of the BONHOMME RICHARD over the HMS SERAPIS. After the BONHOMME RICHARD began taking on water and fires broke out on board, the British commander asked Jones if he had struck his flag. Jones replied, "I have not yet begun to fight!" In the end, it was the British commander who surrendered. Jones is now remembered for his indomitable will, his unwillingness to consider surrender when the slightest hope of victory still burned.

In 1781 he returned to America and Congress passed a vote of thanks to him for the way he had sustained the honour of the American fleet and in 1787 awarded him a gold medal. He also received a gold sword and the Order of Military Merit from Louis XVI.

Throughout his naval career Jones promoted professional standards and training. He spent the remaining years of the war advising on the establishment of the navy and the training of naval officers.

In 1792 Jones was appointed U.S. Consul to Algiers, but in July of that year he died before the commission arrived. He was buried in Paris and his body lay in an alcohol filled coffin in an unmarked grave for over a century. In 1905 his remains were found and taken to the United States where, in 1913, they were finally laid to rest in a marble sarcophagus in the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel at Annapolis, Maryland

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 Bethlehem Fairfield Shipbuilding Corp. Ltd. - Bethlehem Steel, Fairfield
Bethlehem Steel Corporation's shipbuilding division was created in 1905 when it acquired the San Francisco shipyard Union Iron Works in 1905.
In 1917 it was incorporated as Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation , Limited, otherwise known as BethShip.

Headquarters were in Quincy , Massachusetts after acquiring Fore River Shipyard in 1913 and later in Sparrows Point, Maryland in 1964.

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