Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sabotage on board of American cruiser USS Quincy according to the Dutch newspaper Marineblad dated 1936 no. 2

New Orleans-class

An item referred to the magazine N.M.R. dated 12 December 1935 reporting the sabotage act on board of the American cruiser USS Quincy by throwing a nut in the reduction gears with as result a damage of 40.000 US dollars. In Augustus broke a fire out on board causing some damage. Now was believed that this was also a result of sabotage.(1)

1. Part of the New Orleans-class consisting of the New Orleans, Astoria, Minneapolis, Tuscaloosa, San Francisco, Quincy and Vincennes, preceded by the Portland-class and succeeded by the Wichita. Originally called the Astoria-class but renamed after the losses in 1942 and the following modernisation of the remaining ships. Due to the limited displacement as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty (1922) was she known as a so-called Treaty cruiser classified as light cruiser but later reclassified as heavy cruiser due to the calibre of her main guns. There were three different designs for the ships in this class, namely for the New Orleans, Astoria and Minneapolis (all 3 originally laid down as Portland-class cruisers), the Tuscaloosa and San Francisco and the Quincy and Vincennes. Building ordered on 13 February 1929, awarded on 9 January 1933, laid down at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, USA on 15 November 1933, launched on 19 June 1935, commissioned on 9 June 1936 and sunk in the Battle of Savo Island on 9 August 1942. Contracted building costs 8.196.000 US dollars.