Pearl Harbor Raid, 7 December 1941
Salvage of USS Oklahoma, 1942-1944 (Part II)



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Photo #: NH 64493

Salvage of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), 1942-44


Lifting section # 1 of the five-section main cofferdam patch used to seal the ship's port side amidships, from frames 43 to 75.
Stevedoring barge YS-109 is in the left center background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64495

Salvage of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), 1942-44


Preparing the ship for refloating, after she had been righted.
Photographed on 20 September 1943, looking forward from off the port side. Note large cofferdam patch installed from frames 43 to 75 to seal the extensive torpedo damage in that area. The patch was 130 feet long and 57½ feet high.
Righting cables are still in place between the ship and Ford Island.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64496

Salvage of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), 1942-44


Aerial view from off the port side, 6 November 1943, after the ship had been refloated.
Note the large cofferdam patch installed from frames 43 to 75 to seal the extensive torpedo damage in that area, and cofferdams built around the main deck edge by the after turrets to increase the waterplane area and improve stability during the refloating process.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64304

USS Oklahoma (BB-37)


Salvager adjusting the discharge hose from a submersible pump in the sunken battleship's 14" magazine space, during refloating operations at Pearl Harbor, 12 November 1943.
Note oil-covered structure and 14" powder tanks; and headlamp worn by the salvage worker.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 64497

Salvage of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), 1942-44


View from off the port side, 24 December 1943, more than a month and a half after refloating and four days before the ship entered drydock.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 92097

USS Oklahoma (BB-37)


Pencil plan of the ship's midships section, showing arrangements for ballasting and refloating. Probably drawn at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard in late 1943 or early 1944, after the ship had been drydocked.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 63917

USS Oklahoma (BB-37)


In Drydock Number Two at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 1 January 1944, after removal of patches.
This view looks aft from about Frame 35 and shows the extensive torpedo damage to her port side. Note displaced armor plate sections, with some missing.
Debris on the drydock floor is mainly concrete used to seal the patches.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, NHHC Collection.

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Photo #: NH 78940

USS Wisconsin (BB-64)


Tied up outboard of the hulk of USS Oklahoma (BB-37), at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, 11 November 1944.
Note: anti-torpedo netting outboard of the ships; great difference in lengths of these two battleships.

NHHC Photograph.

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