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from  1938-1939, MARDET USS Portland (CA-33)  album
USS Portland (CA?33), the lead ship of her class of heavy cruiser, was the first ship of the United States Navy named after the city of Portland, Maine. Portland was authorized 13 February 1929; laid down by Bethlehem Steel Co., Shipbuilding Div., Quincy, Massachusetts on 17 February 1930; launched 21 May 1932; sponsored by Mrs. Ralph D. Brooks of Portland; and commissioned 23 February 1933, Captain H. F. Leary in command. Ordered: 13 February 1929 Laid down: 17 February 1930 Launched: 21 May 1932 Commissioned: 23 February 1933 Decommissioned: 12 July 1946 Struck: 1 March 1959 Nickname: Sweet "P" Fate: Sold for scrap, 6 October 1959 General characteristics Displacement: 9,950 tons Length: 610 ft 3 in (186.0 m) Beam: 66 ft 1 in (20.1 m) Draft: 17 ft 1 in (5.2 m) Propulsion: 4 shaft; parsons turbines; 8 boilers; 107,000 shp Speed: 32.7 knots (61 km/h) Range: 10,000 nmi. at 15 knots (18,000 km at 28 km/h) Complement: 848 officers and enlisted Armament: ? 9 ? 8 in (203 mm) guns, ? 8 ? 5 in (127 mm) guns,[1] ? 8 ? .50 caliber machine guns Aircraft carried: 4
posted By Hittle, James Donald, BGen
Apr 30, 2008
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