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A view from a crane at Puget Sound looking down on the stern and mainmast of Pensacola-class heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) during an overhaul in 1933-4. Note her triple turret aft is superfiring over the twin. She and her sister Pensacola (CA-24) were the only US ships built with this little conundrum. The intent was to keep the hull slim with fine lines for high speed by keeping the larger turrets closer to the beam, thereby allowing the extra magazine space to be worked into the middle of the ship. The higher concentration of weight in combination with tripod masts meant these ships were top heavy and subject to severe rolling instead, though hull modifications and weight reductions aloft made this manageable during this refit in particular.

Commissioned in 1929, Salt Lake City and Pensacola were the USN’s first cruisers built under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty. Sacrificing armor for firepower, they could not withstand attacks from an equally-armed opponent and were classed as light cruisers until 1931 when the London Naval Treaty changed the definition to abide by gun sizes only; by carrying 10 x 8”/55, SLC and Pensacola fell squarely into the heavy cruiser category, and they were reclassified accordingly. Subsequent cruisers were built with three turrets instead of four and a forecastle added for stability. It is therefore somewhat unsurprising that a 13-year old cruiser would fare as she did against Japan’s much-superior heavy cruisers at Cape Esperance and later in the Aleutians; despite excellent gunnery, her thin skin nearly doomed her at the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, and the few hits she took from Kinugasa off Guadalcanal were enough to effect months of repair.

Nevertheless, Salt Lake City earned 11 battle stars in action from Pearl Harbor until the end of the war, even firing on a submarine in the days immediately following the Japanese air raid of 7 December. Despite surviving the atomic bombs detonated during Operation Crossroads, she was sunk as a target off California in May 1948 and remains one of the as-yet undiscovered Crossroad disposal wrecks.

USS San Francisco (CA-38) passes beneath the Golden Gate Bridge as she arrives in San Francisco in December 1942. She is fresh from the fighting in the Solomon Islands, and will continue to feature in Guadalcanal posts in the future.

Commissioned in 1934 as an Astoria-class heavy cruiser, she was one of two ships built to the original design. US cruiser development was speckled and largely incoherent until the building of these ships, three of which were originally intended as Portland-class but were re-ordered to a modified design very similar to San Francisco and her sister USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37). Once the three re-orders (New Orleans, Astoria, and Minneapolis) joined the class, a third design resulted in Quincy and Vincennes.

Limited by the terms of the London Naval Treaty signed in 1930, cruisers could not displace more than 10,000 tons and were classified as heavy or light by their gun size, not their armor or displacement. In violation of the London Naval Treaty at full load, these ships were critical in determining the later direction of both heavy and light cruisers designs. The variation among the three sub-groups helped the class serve as a test bed for future design features.

San Francisco specifically had a busy early war. Modified with flag quarters shortly after her commissioning, she served as flagship of CruDiv7 during a stint on Neutrality Patrol in 1940. May 1941 saw her in the Pacific as flagship of CruDiv6, a post she held during the attack on Pearl Harbor where she was caught largely helpless with her AA guns removed. With her maintenance canceled, she sortied with TF 14 a week later for the relief of Wake Island, which was also canceled. A week and a half later she was at sea again, this time as an escort for troop convoys to the South Pacific.

During January 1942, San Francisco was attached to TF 17 for raids on the Gilberts and Marshalls. She was quickly detached for more escort duty, and rejoined her division as part of TF 11 in February. With this carrier force she witnesses a failed raid on Rabaul and successful air strikes in New Guinea, but again escort duty called. Orders to Fiji in July would begin her Guadalcanal saga.

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A view from a crane at Puget Sound looking down on the stern and mainmast of Pensacola-class heavy cruiser USS Salt Lake City (CA-25) during an overhaul in 1933-4. Note her triple turret aft is superfiring over the twin. She and her sister Pensacola (CA-24) were the only US ships built with this little conundrum. The intent was to keep the hull slim with fine lines for high speed by keeping the larger turrets closer to the beam, thereby allowing the extra magazine space to be worked into the middle of the ship. The higher concentration of weight in combination with tripod masts meant these ships were top heavy and subject to severe rolling instead, though hull modifications and weight reductions aloft made this manageable during this refit in particular.

Commissioned in 1929, Salt Lake City and Pensacola were the USN’s first cruisers built under the restrictions of the Washington Naval Treaty. Sacrificing armor for firepower, they could not withstand attacks from an equally-armed opponent and were classed as light cruisers until 1931 when the London Naval Treaty changed the definition to abide by gun sizes only; by carrying 10 x 8”/55, SLC and Pensacola fell squarely into the heavy cruiser category, and they were reclassified accordingly. Subsequent cruisers were built with three turrets instead of four and a forecastle added for stability. It is therefore somewhat unsurprising that a 13-year old cruiser would fare as she did against Japan’s much-superior heavy cruisers at Cape Esperance and later in the Aleutians; despite excellent gunnery, her thin skin nearly doomed her at the Battle of the Komandorski Islands, and the few hits she took from Kinugasa off Guadalcanal were enough to effect months of repair.

Nevertheless, Salt Lake City earned 11 battle stars in action from Pearl Harbor until the end of the war, even firing on a submarine in the days immediately following the Japanese air raid of 7 December. Despite surviving the atomic bombs detonated during Operation Crossroads, she was sunk as a target off California in May 1948 and remains one of the as-yet undiscovered Crossroad disposal wrecks.

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Trumpeter 1/700 CA-34 USS Astoria , New Orleans - class Heavy Cruiser. South Pacific, 1942.

PE are from Tom's Modelworks & GMM, some parts are Dragon. Rigging with Infini & Uschi. Finished in MS21 scheme. #heavycruiser #astoria #pacifictheatre #battleofsavoisland #8inch #ms21 #usnavy #tomsmodelworks #goldmedalmodels #indonesianmodeller #omarkhainim_ #ww2 #scalemodel

Trumpeter 1/700 CA-34 USS Astoria , New Orleans - class Heavy Cruiser. South Pacific, 1942.

PE are from Tom's Modelworks & GMM, some parts are Dragon. Rigging with Infini & Uschi. Finished in MS21 scheme. #heavycruiser #astoria #pacifictheatre #battleofsavoisland #8inch #ms21 #usnavy #tomsmodelworks #goldmedalmodels #indonesianmodeller #omarkhainim_ #ww2 #scalemodel

Trumpeter 1/700 CA-34 USS Astoria , New Orleans - class Heavy Cruiser. South Pacific, 1942.

PE are from Tom's Modelworks & GMM, some parts are Dragon. Rigging with Infini & Uschi. Finished in MS21 scheme. #heavycruiser #astoria #pacifictheatre #battleofsavoisland #8inch #ms21 #usnavy #tomsmodelworks #goldmedalmodels #indonesianmodeller #omarkhainim_ #ww2 #scalemodel

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