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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL
805 KIDDER BREESE SE -- WASHINGTON NAVY YARD
WASHINGTON DC 20374-5060
USS Honolulu, Report of Pearl Harbor Attack
Commander Cruisers, BATTLE FORCE.
Supplementary Report of Damage Attendant to Bomb Near-hit, U.S.S.
- Due to damage suffered from bomb near-hit Sunday, December
7, 1941, the power and fire control circuits in this vessel are
in the following defective condition necessitating immediate
- Power for elevating, Train, Hoists, blowers, and
lighting circuits grounded, both port and starboard cables in
- Power and lighting cables, both port and starboard, Turret
I, give low ground tests and are subject to failure. At present
round test has steadied at 500, 000 ohms.
- All battery powered telephone circuits to Turret I and II
subject to failure due to absorption of oil and water from flooding
of port wiring passage. However, ground tests to date are satisfactory.
- FC and IC circuits to Turret I, port side, are subject to
deterioration due to flooding, but at present ground tests are
satisfactory. Capillary section of water in wicking of cables
may results in grounding of all cables. E call circuit, intra-turret
alarm circuit, and IR (ready light) circuit are grounded in Turret
- IR (Ready light) circuit is grounded in Turret III. This
is explained by the fact that Turrets I, II and III have a common
on the IR circuit. Turret III wiring is normal in all other respects.
- Turrets IV and V are satisfactory.
- Ground tests are being conducted twice daily.
- This vessel has been informed by the Navy Yard, P.H., that
the cable required to replace damaged wiring is available in
- Range II (stereo Mk. 45) mounted in after main battery director
was thrown out of adjustment by shock. Actual damage suffered
constituted a jarring loose of right ocular prism due to cement
seal giving away. This damage has since been repaired by U.S.S.
Vestal and condition is now apparently normal.
Source: Enclosure (E) to CINCPAC
action report Serial 0479 of 15 February 1942, World War II
the Modern Military Branch, National Archives and Records Administration,
8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740.