Allied Warships

USS Northampton (CA 26)

Heavy cruiser of the Northampton class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeHeavy cruiser
ClassNorthampton 
PennantCA 26 
Built byBethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down12 Apr 1928 
Launched5 Sep 1929 
Commissioned17 May 1930 
Lost1 Dec 1942 
Loss position9° 12'S, 159° 50'E
History

During the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942, USS Northampton (Captain Willard Augustus Kitts) was hit by two "Long Lance" torpedoes from the Japanese destroyer Oyashio and sank the following day 50 died and 35 were wounded as a result and 775 survivors were rescued by the USS Drayton/Fletcher which included the Commanding officer;off Lunga Point in position 09º12'S, 159º50'E.

 

Commands listed for USS Northampton (CA 26)

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CommanderFromTo
1Capt. Walter Newhall Vernon, USN17 May 1930???

2Capt. Willard Augustus Kitts, III, USN???1 Dec 1942

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