USS SHAW (DD-373)



Berthed in floating drydock YFD-2, Shaw fell victim to ordnance probably intended for Nevada during that vessel's gallant dash for the open seas. Two 250KG bombs impacted Shaw's forecastle aft of turret one, causing an explosion of her forward platform deck, severing her bow forward of the bridge. A third 250KG bomb passed through her bridge, rupturing fuel oil tanks; this started an oil fire that caused the detonation of her forward magazines. This explosion caused the sinking of YFD-2, the tug Sotoyomo--which was berthed just ahead of Shaw--and the bow of the Shaw herself, although the remainder of the ship remained afloat. Fitted with a temporary bow, Shaw departed for permanent repairs at Mare Island on February 9, 1942.


SHIPS DATA

NAME: Shaw

HULL NUMBER: DD-373

DIMENSIONS:

Displacement: 1,500 tons
Waterline Length: 334'
Length Overall: 342'
Maximum Beam: 35'
Maximum Draft: 9' 8"

ARMAMENT:

4x5" 38 Cal (single mounting)
12x21" Torpedo Tubes (quadruple mounting)


PHOTO GALLERY

MAGAZINE DETONATION
BURNING, POST-EXPLOSION
CLOSEUP OF MAGAZINE DETONATION
WITH TEMPORARY BOW



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