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The USS Canberra, 1941-1980, was a heavy cruiser (CA-70), later converted to a guided missile cruiser (CAG-2). CA-70 LOGO HANGING ON SHIP'S BRIDGE Circa 1944 B/W Photograph US Navy 2016.2.212
The ships keel was laid down on September 3, 1941 at the Bethlehem Steel Company in Quincy, MA.HULL 1496 2/19/1943 B/W Photograph US Navy 2016.2.370
Construction continued. It was launched April 19, 1943, christened by Lady Alice C. Dixon.CA-70 CHRISTENING AND LAUNCH 4/19/1943 B/W Photograph US Navy 2016.2.374
Departing from Boston, Massachusetts on January 14, 1944, she sailed to San Diego then to Pearl Harbor. USS CANBERRA UNDERWAY IN BOSTON HARBOR 10/14/1943 B/W Photograph US Navy 2017.2.1
One month later, she joined US forces in the South Pacific. USS CANBERRA WITH TASK FORCE 38 10/10/1944 B/W Photograph US Navy 2016.2.35
On October 13, 1944, The USS Canberra was struck below the armor belt by an arial torpedo.
USS HOUSTON TORPEDOED WHILE UNDER TOW 10/16/1944 B/W Photograph US Navy 2017.2.2
23 crew members were killed instantly.COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE Wood US Navy 2016.2.1
Known as "Cripple Division 1", Canberra and Houston were used as bait in an attempt to lure the Japanese Fleet into the open.CRUISERS CANBERRA AND HOUSTON UNDER TOW October 1944 B/W Photograph US Navy 2017.2.3