Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941
Salvage Work on USS Nevada, December 1941 - April 1942 (Part II)



Two types of patches were made by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard to help in refloating USS Nevada. A large patch, intended to cover the large torpedo hole in the battleship's port side, proved unsatisfactory, since the ship's hull was too badly distorted to permit the patch to seal the hole. After much work, this patch had to be removed before Nevada was placed in drydock. More successful were smaller "window frame" patches that were used to close up underwater bomb damage.

This page features views of patches prepared for use in refloating USS Nevada.

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Photo #: NH 64476

Salvage of USS Nevada (BB-36), 1941-42


Large patch fabricated by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard to temporarily seal torpedo damage inflicted on Nevada's port side during the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. Photographed when the patch was completed in early January 1942.
This patch was not able to make a watertight seal and was removed before the ship was drydocked on 18 February 1942.
Note photographer Tai Sing Loo at work in the lower left.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 45463

Salvage of USS Nevada (BB-36), 1941-42


Large patch fabricated by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard to temporarily seal torpedo damage inflicted on Nevada's port side during the Japanese attack of 7 December 1941. Photographed when the patch was completed in early January 1942.
After unsuccessful attempts to attach this patch to the ship and attain a watertight seal, it was removed before Nevada drydocked on 18 February 1942.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 45464

Salvage of USS Nevada (BB-36), 1941-42


The Hawaiian Dredging Company crane barge Gaylord transports the large patch to Nevada's resting place in Pearl Harbor, where it was used in an attempt to seal torpedo damage received on 7 December 1941. Photographed in January 1942.
The patch had been fabricated by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard. After unsuccessful attempts to attach it to the ship and attain a watertight seal, it was removed before Nevada was drydocked on 18 February 1942.

Collection of Vice Admiral Homer N. Wallin.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 45465

Salvage of USS Nevada (BB-36), 1941-42


The Hawaiian Dredging Company crane barge Gaylord and several tugs work to remove the large temporary patch from Nevada's port side, while she was being prepared for drydocking, 17 February 1942.
The patch had been fabricated by the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard but was not able to attain a watertight seal.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64485

Salvage of USS Nevada (BB-36), 1941-42


Window frame patch being fabricated in the Shipfitter Shop at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard in early January 1942. It was used to temporarily seal a bomb hole in Nevada port bow while she was under salvage.
Nevada had sunk in Pearl Harbor as a result of bomb and torpedo damage received in the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64494

Salvage of USS Nevada (BB-36), 1941-42


Window frame patch in place on Nevada's port bow, circa 19 February 1942, after she had been refloated and placed in Pearl Harbor Navy Yard's Drydock Number Two. This patch was used to seal a bomb hole in the turn of the bilge at about Frame 7.
Nevada had sunk in Pearl Harbor as a result of bomb and torpedo damage received in the 7 December 1941 Japanese air raid.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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