History (Under Construction)

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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
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The ships keel was laid down
on September 3, 1941
at the Bethlehem Steel Company
in Quincy, MA.
HULL 1496
2/19/1943
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Construction continued. It was launched April 19, 1943, christened by Lady Alice C. Dixon. CA-70 CHRISTENING AND LAUNCH
4/19/1943
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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
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One month later, she joined US forces in the South Pacific.
USS CANBERRA WITH TASK FORCE 38
10/10/1944
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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
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23 crew members were killed instantly. COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE
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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
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