Friday, 14 July 2017

American battleship USS Arkansas collided with cargo ship Melreose according to the Dutch newspaper Haagsche Courant dated 20 December 1940

An item reported that the American 26.000 tons battleship USS Arkansas on a distance of 50 miles from the coast of New Yersey collided with the 5.158 gross register tons measuring cargo ship Melrose. The heavily damaged Melrose tried to get to New York, USA. Of the Arkansas was damaged was yet not known.

1. Laid down at New York Shipbuilding Corporation on 25 January 1910, launched by Mary Louise Macon on 14 January 1911, commissioned on 17 September 1912,sunk as part of the Operation Crosssroads (nuclear weapon test) at the Bikini Atol on 25 July 1946, decommissioned on 29 July 1946 and stricken on 15 August 1946. Of the Wyoming-class with as sister ship Arkansas (BB-33), preceded by the Florida-class and succeeded by the New York-class. There were 3 preliminary designs for this class drawn on base if the preceding Florida-class of which design 601 was chosen with a main armament of 12-30,5cm/12” guns. The building was approved on 3 March 1909.