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9,200 Tons (standard)
600.3' x 66.1' x 16.5'
9 × 8" guns
4 × 5" guns
2 x 3 pdr
6 × 21 in torpedo tubes
2 x catapults
4 x floatplanes
Built at Bethlehem Steel Corporation at Fore River Shipyard in Quincy, Massachusetts. Laid down April 12, 1928. Launched September 5, 1929 as USS Northhampton CL-26 named after Northampton, Massachusetts, the lead ship of the Northampton-class cruisers and sponsored by Grace Coolidge, wife of former U. S. President Calvin Coolidge whose hometown was Northampton. Commissioned May 17, 1930 with Captain Walter N. Vernou in command. During 1931, redesignated as a heavy cruiser CA-26 in accordance with the London Naval Treaty due to her 8" guns.
During late November 1942, Northampton operated with a cruiser-destroyer force, to interdict the Japanese from landing reinforcements on Guadalcanal.
Battle of Tassafaronga
At 11:48pm Northhampton was hit by two torpedoes that tore a hole in the port side causing her to take on water, catch fire and developed a list. Aboard, the most senior officer killed was Chief Engineer, Commander Hilan Ebert who earned the Navy Cross and is listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Nov 30, 1942
Iron Bottom Sound
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