USS OKLAHOMA (BB-37)



Moored outboard of Maryland and ahead of West Virginia, Oklahoma was subject to a devastating port-side torpedo attack, sustaining at least nine torpedo impacts within the first 15 minutes of the attack. Combined with near misses by bombs, the damage was so extensive that she capsized at her berth. Although her salvage was questionable, it was decided to rid the harbor of her hulk to make her berth at F-5 available for other ships. In what was the most technically difficult task faced by the salvage division at Pearl Harbor, she was successfully righted in June, 1943. She was refloated in November of that year, and was moored in Middle Loch until 1947. Sold for scrap for $146,000.00, she was towed by two tugs for the West Coast

but was lost enroute 540 miles northeast of Pearl Harbor on May 17, 1947.


SHIPS DATA

NAME: Oklahoma

HULL NUMBER: BB-37

DIMENSIONS:

Displacement: 29,000 tons (standard)
Waterline Length: 575'
Length Overall: 583'
Maximum Beam: 107'
Mean Draft: 27' 5"
Maximum Draft: 32' 5"

ARMAMENT:

10x14"/50cal (2 turrets/triple mounting; 2 turrets/double mounting)
10x5"/51cal Mk. 15 (single mountings)
8x5"/25cal Mk. 11 (single mountings)


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PHOTO GALLERY

HISTORY
ORIGINAL CONFIGURATION
STARBOARD VIEW
STARBOARD VIEW, FORWARD
FORWARD AERIAL VIEW, STARBOARD BOW
CAPSIZED HULL
VIEW OF DAMAGE FROM FORECASTLE
PORT-AFT TOPSIDE DAMAGE
STARBOARD-AFT ONBOARD VIEW, LOOKING FORWARD
RIGHTING TOWERS ON HULL
VIEW OF RIGHTING WINCH ON FORD ISLAND
AERIAL VIEW DURING MID-RIGHTING
STERN VIEW DURING RIGHTING
AERIAL VIEW AFTER RIGHTING
VIEW OF STERN AFTER RIGHTING



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