War Diary and Action Reports November 1942,


U.S.S. PORTLAND (CA-33)    South Pacific Force

From November 1, 1942 to November 20, 1942

November 1, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.    
                    Anchored in Berth 10, Dumbea Bay, Noumea,
                    New Calendonia, Ships present: various
                    units of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, COMSOPAC
                    in ARGONNE is SOPA.
                    The PORTLAND is a unit of Task Force 16,
                    which is now at Noumea effecting temporary
                    repairs to the damage incurred to the
                    and the steering units of the PORTLAND
                    during the air engagement with the Japanese
                    on October 26, 1942.
 0000      0000     Wartime port routine in effect.
 1817      0717     Underway to shift berths.
 1901      1801     Anchored in berth A -4, Ile Nou, Noumea.
 2001      0901     San DIEGO moored alongside.
 2400      1300     Liberty was  ranted the crew during our
                    stay here.

November 2, 1942.

 0000      0000     Wartime port routine in effect.
 1906      0806     CRESENT CITY stood in and moored.

November 3, 1942.

 0000      0000     Wartime port routine in effect.

November 4, 1942.

 0000      0000     Wartime port routine in effect.
 1755      0655     General Quarters on signal from SOFA.
                    Enemy carrier reported sighted off the
                    Loyalty Island.
 2021      0921     Set condition III.

November 5, 1942.

 0000      0000     Port wartime routine in affect,

November 6, 1942.

 0000      0000     Wartime port routine in effect.

November 7, 1942.

 0000      0000      Wartime port routine in effect.

November 8, 1942.

                     0000-2400  Wartime port routine in effect.
 2005      0905      NASSAU stood in and moored.
 0210      1510      Stationed special sea details.
 0255      1555      JUNEAU got underway and stood out.
 0312      1612      Underway in accordance with Secret OP-Plan
                     'A' -23-42. Duty with Task force 16 is now
                     completed. The PORTLAND is a unit of Task
                     Force 67. Captain DuBose is now ComTaskGroup
                     67.3, the surface attack group. This latter
                     will be in effect until joining Task Group
                     67.4. Rear Admiral Callaghan is ComTaskGroup
                     67.4. The purpose of this operation is to
                     land supporting troops in Guadalcanal. The
                     troops and supplies are on the four
                     accompanying transports: McCAWLEY, CRESCENT 
                     CITY, PRESIDENT ADAMS, and PRESIDENT 
                     JACKSON. ComTaskForce 67 is Rear Admiral 
                     Turner, in the McCAWLEY.  Task Group 67.4 is 
                     to support the landing of the troops and 
                     attack enemy ships which may be in the 
                     vicinity. Task Force 67 is, at present, 
                     composed of the McCAWLEY, CRESCENT CITY, 
                     PORTLAND, JUNEAU, MONSSEN, BART0N, and
 0501      1801      Changed fleet speed and standard speed to
                     13.5 knots.
 0525      1825      Passed Amedee Light abeam. Formed Cruising
                     Disposition 'AC'.
 0600      1900      Fleet course and axis 303T.

November 9,l942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.     0114

 1514      0414      General Quarters.
 1345      0445      Zig-Zag plan #8.
 1615      0515      Set condition III,
 1800      0700      Changed fleet course & axis 325T, changed'
                     fleet speed 13 knots.
 1900      0800      Lat. 20-55-00 S. Long. 163-44-00 E. Wind
                     18, SE. Sea condition 1, SE.
 2300      1200      Lat. 20-46-07 S. Long. 163-15-07 E. Wind
                     8, SE. Sea condition 1. E. Distance made
                     good since 1200 yesterday 204 miles. Course
                     made good since 1200 yesterday 300 degrees.
                     Speed made good since 1200 yesterday 8.5 
 0125      1325      Changed fleet course & axis to 340T.
 0130      1330      Catapulted 2 planes for simulated dive 
                     bombing and torpedo attacks on this force.
 0240      1540      'D' recovery of 2 planes.
 0403      1703      JUNEAU made submarine contact. BART0N was
                     sent to investigate.
 0614      1914      Ceases  Zig-zag.
 0700      2000      Lat. 18-56-00 S. Long. 167-38-00 E. Wind
                     6 knots, E. Sea condition 1, SE. 

November 10, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
 1528      0426     General Quarters.
 1545      0445     Zig-zag plan #8.
 1628      0528     Set condition III, condition Zed below
                    second deck.
 1900      0800     Lat. 16-28-00 S. Long. 162-27-00E. Wind
                    12, E; sea condition 1, E.
 2300      1200     Lat. 15-43-00 S. Long. 162-36-00 E. Wind 10
                    knots, SE. Sea condition l, SE. Distance made
                    good since 1200 yesterday 305 miles. Course
                    made good since 1200 yesterday 353 degrees.
                    Speed made good since 1200 yesterday 12.7 
 2350      1250     Rotate course & axis to O1OT.
 0205      1505     U.S.S. SHAW sighted closing formation.
 0317      1617     U.S.S. SHAW closed McCAWLEY to transfer 
                    guard mail and personnel.
 0433      1733     U.S.S. SHAW closed PORTLAND to transfer guard
 0600      1900     Ceased zig-zag.
 0617      1917     Starboard steering unit failed. Shifted to
                    the port Unit.
 0650      1950     Set condition II.
 0700      2000     Lat. 14-05-08 S. Long. 167057-00 E. Wind 14
                    knots. Sea condition 1, SE.
                    During the evening watch there were several
                    shifts or steering units with control 
                    remaining on the bridge. The rudder was 
                    observed to have a 4-5 degree bunting or 
                    weaving motion.

November 11, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
 1532      0432     General Quarters.
 1600      0500     Zig-zag plan #8.
 1620      0520     Catapulted 4 planes, Lt. R.E. Seibels, USN.,
                    Senior Aviator, for temporary duty at
                    Espiritu Santo to remain there until other
                    wise notified. Ceased zig-zag.
 1632      0532     Set condition III.
 1730      0630     Joined up with Task Group 67.4. Task Group
                    67.3 is now dissolved. Additional ships
                    present: SAN FRANCISCO, HELENA, STERRET
                    BUCHANAN, CUSHING, LAFFEY.
 1737     0637      Changed course to 310T.
 1837     0737      Changed fleet course to 330T.
 1839     0739      Zig-zag plan #8.
 1848     0748      Changed fleet course to 300T.
 2000     0800      Lat. 11-35-03S. Long. 162-58-00 E.  Wind 15,
                    SSE. Sea condition 2, SSE.
 1955     0855      Changed fleet course to 240T. 
 2006     0906      Changed fleet course 330T.
 2018     0918      Formed 2 section columns. PORTLAND leader of
                    section II.
 2109     1009      Changed fleet course & axis to 300T.
 2231     1131      General Quarters. Plane sighted on port 
                    quarter identified as enemy petrol plane.
 2300     1200      Lat. 11-75-02 S. Long. 162-26-00.E. Wind 16,
                    SSE. Sea condition 2, SSE. Distance made good
                    since 1200 yesterday 259 miles. Course made
                    good since 1200 yesterday 357 degrees. Speed
                    made good since 1200 yesterday 10.8 knots.
 2305     1205      Set condition II.
 2331     1231      Changed fleet speed 22 knots.
 0303     1603      Changed fleet course 345T.
 0405     1705      Changed fleet speed 25 knots. 
 0409     1709      Changed fleet course 000T.
 0430     1730      General Quarters, sighted Guadalcanal Island
 0530     1830      Formed column disposition, order of ships:
 0615     1915      Changed fleet course & axis to 315T.
 0700     2000      Lat. 09-30-00 S. Long. 160-57-00 E. Wind 10
                    knots, SE. Sea condition 2, E.
 0720     2020      Changed fleet course to 285T.
 0730     2030      Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
 0833     2133      Sighted white 1ight on Pari Pile. The ATLANTA
                    and 3 destroyers joined the formation. Task
                    Group 67.4 now formed Battle Disposition 
                    'B-1', column of station units from the van 
                    as follows: BUCHANAN, LAFFEY, STERRET, 
                    JUNEAU, ATLANTA, AARON WARD, FLETCHER, and 
                    LARDNER.  Distance between destroyers 500 
                    yards, between cruisers 700 yards.
 0850     2150      Changed fleet course to 275T, speed 10 knots
                    entering Sealark Channel.
 0920     2220      Changed fleet course to 258T.
 0937     2237      Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
 0944     2224      Observed artillery fire on Guadalcanal.
 2245     2345      Changed fleet course to 270T.
 2250     2350      Sighted Savo Island bearing 317T.
 2255     2355      Changed fleet course to 300T. 

November12, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
 1105      0005     Changed fleet course to 000T, by column 
 1115      0015     Changed fleet course to O6OT, by column 
 1253      0153     Changed fleet course to 260T, by column 
 1440      0340     Changed fleet course to 270T, by column 
 1459      0359     Changed fleet course to 000T, by Column 
 1512      0412     Changed fleet course to l80T, by column 
 1548      0458     Changed fleet course to 090T, by co1umn 
 1602      0502     Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
 1603      0503     Changed fleet course to 180T.
 1618      0518     Changed fleet course to 090T.
 1635      0535     Changed fleet speed to 10 knots.
 1646      0546     Sound contact emergency turn to 000T.
 1649      0549     Sunrise.
 1656      0556     Changed fleet course to 140T.
 1705      0605     On orders from CTE 67, took station in 
                    eastern screening semi-circle 3000 yards from 
                    transport group.
 1737      0637     Set condition III.
 1744      0644     General Quarters, shell hit water near 
 1746      0646     HELENA left station to bombard Japanese 
                    battery near Kokumbona.
 1804      0704     Set condition III.
 1900      0800     Lat. 09-23-02 S, Long. 160-01-07 E. Wind 5, 
                    SE.  Sea condition 1, SE.
 2108      1008     Opened fire, following actions of JUNEAU and
                    Destroyer, on friendly planes. No damage 
 2255      1155     CUSHING & BUCHANAN left formation to destroy
                    enemy landing boats sighted along the beach
                    near Tasafaranga.
 2300      1200     Lat, 09-20-00 S. Long. 160-02-00 E, Wind 8, 
                    SE.  Sea condition 1 SE.  Distance made good since
                    1200 yesterday 190 miles. Course made good
                    since 1200 yesterday 311 degrees. Speed made
                    good since 1200 yesterday 8.0 knots.
 0020      1320     Stand by to repel enemy air attack, from CTF 67.
                    General Quarters. Transport group underway.
 0054      1354     30 enemy planes due about 1415 from N.W. from
                    Cactus Control.  Fleet course & axis 340T, speed
                    14 Knots. 3 columns of two transports or AK's
                    in the center with combatant ships about 1000
                    yards from nearest AK. P0RTLAND's station on
                    starboard quarter.
 0107      1407     19 twin-engined planes sighted approaching from
                    over Tulagi, bearing 055T. Planes identified as
                    Mitsubishi heavy bombers, type 97.
 0110      1410     Changed course to 340T.
 0114      1414     Opened fire with main and A.A. batteries
 0115      1415     Observed enemy plane, in flames, crash on main-
                    mast of SAN FRANCISCO. 
 0125      1425     Enemy planes bearing 110T, from Cactus Control.
                    Observed 9 planes down by A.A. fire and at
                    least 6 by fighters. 2 planes believed credited
                    to this vessel.
 0200      1500     Set condition III upon receipt of "All clear"
                    from Cactus Control. Steadied on course 160T,
                    returning to Kokum with transports.
 0218      1518     Resumed former patrolling station in same
 0225      1525     Set condition II.
 0530      1830     Set condition I.
 0545      1845     Transport group underway to retire for the
                    night to the vicinity of Indispensable Straits.
                    Took station in column astern SAN FRANCISCO
                    on course 070T, speed 10 Knots.
 0641      1941     Changed fleet speed to 15 knots, Task Group
                    67.4  supporting  withdrawal of Transport Group.
                    Formed Battle Disposition B-1.
 0700      2000     Lat. 09-17-05 S. Long. 160-21-00 E. Wind 8, SE.
                    Sea condition 1, SE.
 0710      2010     Changed fleet course, and all future changes,
                    by column movement to 100T.
 0912      2212     Changed fleet course to 180T.
 0920      2220     Changed fleet speed to 18 knots.
 0921      2221     Changed fleet course to 270T.
 0937      2337     Changed fleet speed to 15 knots.
 0947      2347     JUNEAU reported surface contact bearing 315T,
                    distant 17 miles.

November 13, 1942.
G.C.T.    L.C.T.
 1100      0000     Entered Lengo Channel from eastward searching
                    for Japanese surface forces to prevent
                    the bombardment of Henderson Field off Kokum.
 1215      0115     Formation course 280T.
 1224      0124     Speed l8 knots from CTG 67.4
 1227      0127     HELENA reported 2 contacts, 310T distant
                    31900 yards, changed course to 310T.
 1232      0132     Another contact in same vicinity. HELENA
                    reported contact speed 23 knots, course 105T.
 1233      0133     Changed fleet course to 000T in column movement.
 1235      0135     "We have 4 in a line" from HELENA to CTG 67.4.
 1241      0141     As we changed course, our 'SG' radar showed
                    4 ships in a SW to NE line. Third ship in line
                    appeared to be a battleship.
 1242      0142     "We have about ten targets", from HELENA.
 1246      0146     Column left 90° believe to have been ordered.
 1250      0150     "All hands hold your course". Odd ships fire
                    starboard even to port. P0RTLAND had started
                    to turn left when about 5 enemy searchlights
                    illuminated from broad on the port bow to 30°
                    on the starboard bow. "Action Starboard" and
                    "Commence firing", on vessels in left group"
                    from Captain DuBose.
 1251      0151     An enemy vessel illuminated by searchlight and
                    just as the ray illuminated this vessel, the
                    main battery opened fire at range of 6200 yards.
                    (See enclosure B).  The 2nd salvo was fired
                    immediately after, and the destroyer exploded
                    and sank. This ship was identified as a Hibiki
                    class destroyer. Just after opening fire,
                    PORTLAND received a large caliber shell hit in
                    the starboard hanger. Commander T.R.Wirth,
                    Executive Officer received a shrapnel wound in
                    the right shoulder.
 1252      0152     "Cease firing" from SAN FRANCISCO. P0RTLAND
                    reply "What is the dope? did you want to cease
                    fire?" "Affirmative  from SAN FRANCISCO.
                    "All ships take course 000T" from SAN FRANCISC0.
                    P0RTLAND came round to 000T, continuing to fire.
                    At this time the 2nd target, definetly a cruiser
                    and probably a 'CA'  received two 9-gun salvos
                    with many hits observed  This. cruiser could not
                    be positively identified because of the poor
                    visibility. The target burst into flames.
 1258-30   0158-30  with all turrets loaded and ready for the 5th
                    salvo, a violent explosion occurred art. The
                    PORTLAND receive a torpedo hit on the Starboard
                    quarter at frame 134. Both inboard screws 
                    were blown off, steering gear and steering
                    engine rooms flooded and rudder jammed at
                    5°  right. The ship began to circle to the
                    right and it was impossible to steer manipulating
                    the engines.  4° list to starboard was 
                    quickly removed by shifting fuel & water.
                    Turret #3 was jammed in train and elevation.
                    Shortly after this, after completing a full
                    turn a Haruna type battleship was picked up
                    by directors 1 and 2 to starboard. This ship
                    was clearly illuminated by flares and the fire
                    of at least 5 burning ships. Range was 4200 yards.
                    "Commence firing when on the target" from
                    Captain DuBose. Four 6 gun salvos were fired
                    at the target. Many hits were observed and
                    flames broke out immediately. The battleship,
                    at first, fired at us, but the shells passed
                    overhead. The two 14 inch. shell hits we received
                    proved to be bombardment shells and inflicted
                    a minimum of damage. At this point, the situation
                    was both critical and confusing. As we
                    continued to circle,  it became impossible in
                    many cases to distinguish between friend and foe.
                    A large anti-aircraft cruiser was observed to
                    explode and disappear at this time.
 1330      0230     "All ships show fighting lights momentarily"
                    from HELENA.  PORTLAND complied. There was no
                    further firing from the P0RTLAND. No further
                    enemy targets presented themselves.
 1335      0235     PORTLAND'S position; Lat. 09-18-00 S. Long.
                    159-58-00 E. But for a few sporadic outbursts
                    to the northeast, all firing had ceased. 'SG'
                    radar contacted 3 vessels retiring toward
                    Savo Island.
 1345      0245     Action completed. HELENA ordered remaining
                    ships to form 18 and retire toward Sealark
 1400      0300     9 ships observed to be burning of which 5 were
                    major fleet units. (cruisers or battleships).
                    3 were ours, the ATLANTA, M0NSSEN & CUSHING.
                    A Nachi type cruiser was positively identified.
                    It sank before dawn. A Tenryu class light
                    cruiser was tentatively identified. It also
                    exploded and sank before dawn.
 1430      0430     Picked up several survivors from our forces.
 1530      0530     The following vessels in sight: ATLANTA
                    CUSHING, MONSSEN, all burning; AARON WARD;
                    Shigure type destroyer to westward of Savo
                    Island; Haruna type battleship and cruiser hull.
                    down to northwest
 1649      0549     Sunrise.
 1730      0630     Opened fire on positively identified Shigure
                    class destroyer at range 12500 yards with 6-gun
                    salvos. On the 6th salvo she exploded, rolled
                    over and sank in less than five minutes.
 1758      0658     Enemy planes reported 324T, distant 42 miles.
 1800      0700     AARON WARD was fired upon by Japanese battleship.
                    No hits. During this period a boat was
                    lowered over the side to pick up survivors.
                    On the approach of Higgins boats and SOC planes
                    based on Guadalcanal, the boat was picked up.
                    Captain DuBose requested by despatch to Radio
                    Guadalcanal the use of a tug, to tow the
 1851      0751     Received a report that 4 enemy destroyers were
                    proceeding to the aid of the battleship.
 1905      0805     Sighted tug, believed to be the BOBOLINK, on
                    the horizon.
 2008      0908     Set condition III.
 2013      0913     General Quarters. "Enemy planes coming in from
                    the northwest" from Cactus Control.
 2053      0953     BOBOLINK arrived and was directed by Captain
                    DuBose to take the ATLANTA in tow and proceed
                    to Kikum. By manipulating the engines, by
                    backing, and with the aid of Higgins boats
                    pushing on the starboard bow, the PORTLAND
                    succeeded in moving toward Kikum in close
                    proximity to the BOBOLINK and ATLANTA.
 2124      1024     Set condition III.

November 14, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
 1112      0012     Received Pilot Harper from Shore Station.
 1140      0040     Set condition III.
 1218      0118     Anchored in Tulagi Harbor, Solomons Islands
                    in 39 fathoms of water. SOPA in PORTLAND.
 1251      0151     General quarters. Japanese warships bombarded
                    Henderson Air Field on Guadalcanal.
 1330      0230     Set condition III.
 1628      0528     Underway to shift berths. Pilot Harper
 1654      0554     Moored in Tulagi Harbor opposite 'PT' base
                    in 19 fathom of water with anchor forward
                    and two quarter springs to shore.
 2044      0944     Half masted colors and transferred remains
                    of battle casualties to shore for burial at
                    Government Cemetery, Tulagi, Solomon Islands.
 2100      1000     1000-2400 wartime port routine in effect.
 0145      1445     Commenced diving operations.
 1016      2316     Observed what appeared to be a naval battle
                    in progress in the outer harbor in the vicinity
                    of Savo Island. Intercepted message saying
                    that our warships were engaging the enemy.
                    This action lasted until about 0400 Nov. 15.
November 15, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
                    0000-2400 Wartime port routine in effect.
 2200      1100     Held divine services.
 0230      1590     General Quarters. Stand by for air attack.
 0410      1710     Set condition III. All Clear reported from
                    Cactus Control.
 0805      2205     KOPARA anchored off our starboard bow.

November 16, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
                    0000-2400 Wartime port routine in effect.     
 0800      2100     Expert personnel came aboard with equipment
                    to effect emergency repairs to the damage

November 17, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
                    0000-2400 Wartime port routine in effect. 

November 18, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
                    0000-2400 Wartime port routine in effect.
 1630      0530     Kopara Got underway and stood out.
 1747      0647     Sent out crash boat to assist 'PBY' which
                    crashed taking off.
 1818      0718     Crash boat returned; plane sank, crew taken
 1826      0726     HOVEY stood in and moored.
 0110      1410     SOUTHARD stood in and moored.
November 19, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
                    0000-2400 Wartime port routine in effect.   
 0445      1745     McFARLAND came alongside and moored.

November 20, 1942.

G.C.T.    L.C.T.
                    0000-2400 Wartime port routine in effect. 
 1758      0658     TREVER stood in and moored.
 1804      0704     ZANE stood in and moored.

Serial 073,                                                    10-jrh.
C-O-N-F-I-D-E-N-T-I-A-L                             November 21, 1942.

From:          Commanding Officer.
To  :          Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Via :          (1) Commander Task Force 67.
               (2) Commander South Pacific Forces.

Subject:       Night Action between Task Force 67.4 and
               Japanese Forces, November 13, 1942.

References:    (a) U.S. Navy Regs., 1920, Arts. 712, 847(6),
                   948, and 2029.
               (b) PacFlt Ltr. 11L-2.
               (c) PacFlt Conf. Ltr. 24CL-42.
               (d) CTF 67 Oplan Afirm 23-42.

Enclosure:     (A) Report of Executive Officer, U.S.S. PORTLAND.
               (B) Report of Gunnery Officer, U.S.S. PORTLAND.

    1.     At about 0000, November 13, 1942, Task Force 67.4
           entered Lengo Channel from the Eastward, searching for 
           Japanese forces.  (To prevent surface bombardment of 
           Guadalcanal airfield).  At about 0151, in Latitude 09-20-
           50, Long. 159-57-30 this vessel, as a unit of Task Force 
           67.4., participated in a surface action with Japanese 
           forces.  The action lasted until about 0245.

    2.     Commander Task Force 67.4 Was in the SAN FRANCISCO.
           Disposition was Battle Formation Baker One, column of 
           Station units in column; van unit CUSHING, LAFFEY, STERRET, 
           HELENA, JUNEAU; rear unit AARON WARD, BARTON, MONSSEN, and 
           FLETCHER; distance between destroyers 500 yards, between 
           cruisers and between units 700 yards.

    3.     Weather.  The sky was mainly cloudy, with frequent intense 
           lighting.  Wind from SSE, about 10 knots, barometer 29:76, 
           dry bulb 81°, wet bulb 78°, sea calm. Visibility 15 to 20 

    4.     A chronological record of events follows:
           Communications received or sent over the TBS are so marked.
           All TBS transmissions are not clear, but the text is given 
           as recorded.

       0000 -  November 13, 1942.  Task Force 67.4 entered Lengo
               Channel from the Eastward, with Taivo Point
               bearing; 240°T, distance two miles, and proceeded
               through Lengo Channel skirting the North coast
               of Guadalcanal at a distance of one to two miles.
               Speed 15.0 knots.
       0114 -  TBS T.F. 6.7.4 from T.F. Comdr. "Keep well closed
               up.  Report any contacts immediately.  Do not
       0115 -  Course 280* on TBS signal, speed still 15.0 knots,
               position Lat. O9-23 S., Long. 160-06 E.
       0124 -  Speed 18.0 knots on TBS signal.
       0127 -  TBS SAN FRANCISCO from HELENA. "Two contacts,
               310*, 31,900 yards."
               Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO.  "Take course 310*."
       Ol32(about) TBS T.F. 67.4 from SAN FRANCISCO.  "Guadalcanal
               reports unidentified planes 000*, 26 miles."
               TBS Contact 312*, 26,000 yards.
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from HELENA.  "Contact course
               105, Speed 23" (Note: An recorded).
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO.  "Take course
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO.  "Any of you boys
               pick her up?" Answer negative.
       0135 -  PORTLAND c/c to 310*T&G, following column movement.
               (Note) This entry may not be properly placed in TBS    
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from O'BANNON. "45 from course
               as you have directed.  Distance 7". (Note: As
               TBS "All ships" (Note: Probably from van commander,
               or ship in van) "Three unidentified ships bearing
               approximately on our port bow from 45 degrees. Be
               on the alert. That is on the new course."  (Note:
               As recorded).
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from HELENA. "We have four in a 
       0140 -  c/c by column movement to 000*T&G. Time of PORTLAND 
               TBS O'BANNON or van unit) from SAN FRANCISCO.
               "What is range?"
       0142 -  About this time the Sail George showed four ships
               in a SW to NE line, Eastward of Savo.  The third
               ship from SW gave a large echo, believed to be a BB.
               The other three were cruisers or DD's. This force
               was moving toward Florida Island.
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from HELENA. "Range 2,246."
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from CUSHING. "Looks like dead
               ahead on port bow."
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO. "What is their 
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from Van Unit. "There is a ship                                  
               crossing bow from port to starboard, range 4,000
               yards, maximum."
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO. "What do you
               make of it now?"
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from HELENA.  "We have a total
               of about ten targets."
               TBS "FLETCHER have you come around yet?"
               TBS "I have come 25 to left."
               TBS "Can you let them have a couple of fish?" 
               "Wilco" "Do so."
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from HELENA. "Appear to be in
               cruising disposition."
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO. "What is bearing
       0146 -  At about this time, column movement 90*L to 270*
               was believed ordered.
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from Van Unit. "They bear sixty
               from last course you ordered."
               TBS To or from HELENA. "Do you still have target
               support." ?(Note: Support probably should read
               "in sight").
               TBS "There are some ships on starboard in cruising
               disposition.  Also a few on port. Stand by to 
               open fire."
               TBS "ATLANTA what are you doing?"
               TBS from ATLANTA. "We------------ destroyer."
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO. "Come back to
               course as soon as you can.  You are throwing
               whole column into disorder."
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO.  "What do you 
               have on starboard hand now?"
               TBS Van Unit from SAN FRANCISCO.  "Are you back?"
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from JUNEAU. "We have several
               ships on starboard."
               TBS "All hands hold your course."
       0150(About) TBS "Odd ships commence fire to starboard,
               even to port."
       0150 -  At about this time the PORTLAND was starting the
               turn to the left to 270*.  About five evenly spaced
               enemy searchlights illuminated from about 45* on
               the port bow to about 30* on the starboard bow.
               Captain ordered "Action Starboard", and ordered
               "Commence firing on vessels in left group".   Firing
               opened between both forces. 
       0152 -  About this time the starboard battery was unmasked,
               and the main and AA batteries commenced firing.
               Visibility was poor from this point, due to own
               gun flashes, burning ships, flares, and starshells.
               At about this time enemy searchlights illumination
               ceased. Own firing was continuous. An enemy
               destroyer was blown from the water on our second
       0152-30 Received shell hit in starboard hanger.  No fire,
               negligible damage.  Executive Officer received a 
               fragment wound in the right shoulder, and about
               twelve men received fragment or shrapnel wounds
               or bruises.
       0153 -  TBS From SAN FRANCISCO.  "Cease firing own ships."
               (Note: As recorded.  This order was disregarded by
               all vessels, apparently.)
               TBS SAN FRANCISCO from PORTLAND.  "What is the 
               dope, did you want to cease fire?" Answer from
               SAN FRANCISCO.  "Affirmative."
               (About) TBS PORTLAND from SAN FRANCISCO.  "All
               ships take course 000*."  Come right to 000.
               Resumed fire, opening on enemy cruiser on starboard
               beam, 7,000 yards.
       0158-30 While loading for the third salvo to be fired at 
               the cruiser, the ship received a torpedo hit near 
               the stern on the starboard side, shearing the
               inboard screws, flooding steering aft, and bending
               out the shell plating on the starboard side to
               form an extensive right rudder.  Explosion centered
               at frame 134.  Ship began circling to right, and
               turning could not be counteracted by the two
               outboard screws.  A four degree list to starboard
               was promptly removed.  As the first swing to the 
               right was completed a HARUNA type BB became clearly
               visible.  Fire was opened on the BB and continued
               by the forward turrets through out the swing, four
               hitting salvos being fired, range 4,000 yards.
               Sometime later the HELENA drew forward along our
               starboard side, and passed clear.  At about the 
               same time a friendly destroyer was about 1,000
               yards to port.  The four salvos fired at the BB
               concluded this vessels main battery firing.  In
               the confused picture of burning and milling ships
               it became impossible to distinguish friend from
               foe.  The action drew away from this vessel.  Star
               shell illumination of the enemy was continued as 
               long as they remained within range.
       0230 -  (About) TBS All ships from HELENA.  "Show fighting
               lights momentarily." Fighting lights were lighted
               and turned off.
       0235 -  PORTLAND position Lat. 09-18 S., Long,. 159-58 E.
               Still turning in tight circles.
               By this time most of the firing had ceased, with
               some firing to Northward.  About this time Sail
               George observed three vessels retiring around Savo
               Island.  One passed to Southward, two to Northward.
               About this time, or shortly after, HELENA ordered
               our ships to form 18, to retire toward Sealark
               After the firing had (nearly died out or) stopped 
               (altogether), (about) nine ships were burning. One   
               appeared to be a Nachi class cruiser, which exploded
               About 0400.  Other occasional explosions were
               observed on burning ships, and one Tenryu class
               cruiser, or large DD, is believed to have blown up.
               About 0400 the ATLANTA was observed to be burning.
       0630 -  Sank the Shigure class destroyer south of Savo
               Island with six gun salvos, range 12,500.
       0700 -  Requested tow from ComNavAct., S.I.
       0805 -  Sighted BOBOLINK standing toward this ship.
       0820 -  Received damage report from ATLANTA, stating that 
               if tow was not available, conditions warranted
               scuttling and requesting instructions.  Directed
               ATLANTA to act at discretion.
       0908 -  Set Condition III in attempt to rest crews which
               had been in Condition I throughout two nights.
       0913 -  Enemy planes reported approaching from NNW.
               Sounded General Quarters.
       0953 -  BOBOLINK reported.  Directed her to tow ATLANTA 
               to Lunga beach.  Both ATLANTA and this vessel 
               were still in waters off the Japanese held shores.         
               Meanwhile, with the aid of Higgins boats pushing
               continuously on the starboard bow, this vessel 
               continued efforts to crab to the southeastward.  
               Only during the short arc of swing during which the 
               wind was on the starboard bow, did the effort 
               succeed in slight gains.  During the morning 
               thirty four survivors from the BARTON, one from 
               the CUSHING, and three from the STERETT were 
               received.  These survivors were picked up by our 
               motor whale boat, SOC planes, and Higgins boats
               from Guadalcanal. All were transferred ashore
               at Tulagi on 14 November, after treatment for
               burns, contusion and broken 1egs and arms.
       1024 -  Set Condition III.  Whenever Condition III was
               set Condition ZED was kept in the second deck
               and all spaces below that deck.
       1035 -  Received additional supply of blood plasma requested
               from Guadalcanal.
       1115 -  ATLANTA reported flooding beyond pumping capacity
               and jettisoning topside weights.
       1205 -  Enemy planes reported approaching, bearing 333°T,
               35 miles.  Sounded General Quarters.
       1240 -  Set Condition III.
       1300 -  YP239 reported and took a tow line.  Since 0235
               this vessel had succeeded in making four miles
               toward Lunga.  Position at this time was 09-21-30 S.,
               159-57 E.  Every conceivable maneuver had been
               attempted to work the ship toward the shelter of
               Lunga.  All engine combinations had failed.  The
               port anchor had been streamed.  Sea anchors from
               canvas to garbage containers (5 Ft. diameter), 
               Streamed from the port quarter, could not perceptibly
               reduce the rudder effect of the plating projecting
               to starboard.  The many sweeps of over ten hours of 
               nearly continuous circling had netted this gain  
               from the turns thru the wind quadrant, with the aid
               or the resistance given by the Higgins boats on the
               starboard bow.  YP239 had insufficient power to
               better matters.
       1432 -  BOBOLINK came along starboard side, abreast well
               deck, having anchored ATLANTA off Lunga Point.
       1447 -  Enemy planes reported approaching from Northeast.
               Sounded General Quarters.
               BOBOLINK failed to counteract rudder effect at
               position abreast well deck, quarter, and bridge,
               all starboard.  During these trials YP239 attempted
               to hold the head to port with a tow line.  This
               attempt was or little benefit because of the
               crafts low power and because, being fitted to
               take a tow line over her stern, only, her rudder
               was overcome and she dropped off, with a strain,
               across our bow.  The BOBOLINK was ordered, in
               time, to nose against the starboard bow, forward
               or the bridge, and the YP239 was toe-ed in alongside
               the tug.  This arrangement, with the backing of
               his vessels port propeller, overcame the rudder
               effect and contributed an advance of from two
               to three knots.
       1722 -  Headed for Tulagi.
       1810 -  Set Condition III.
       1850 -  Sighted red flare and red steady light near
               Savo Island.  Received report of enemy BB near
               Sandfly passage.
       2000 -  Position 09-17 S., 160-03 E.
       2315 -  Sighted two small vessels sent out to assist
               this vessel into Tulagi Harbor.
            14 November, 1942.
       0012 -  Received pilot, Captain Harper.
       0040 -  Set Condition III.
       0108 -  Anchored in Tulagi Harbor.
       0151 -  Received report Guadalcanal (Henderson Field) was 
               under attack.  Sounded General Quarters.
       0215 -  Japanese BB bombard Guadalcanal.
       0230 -  Set Condition III.

    5.     Ammunition expended by this vessel in the night
           action totaled one hundred and fifty rounds of 5" 
           starshells and ninety rounds of 8" A.P., fired at targets 
           as follows:

       Target        Turrets           Salvos     Rounds
        DD             I and II           2          12
        Cruisers       I, II and III      2          18
        BB             I and II           4          24
        DD(daylight)   I and II           6          36

    6.     Summary of damage to Enemy.

       A.  By PORTLAND.
         1.  Hibiki class DD sunk during action.
         2.  Several hits on unidentified cruiser.
         3.  Hit HARUNA type BB many times (estimated 10 to 14 hits),
             with four salvos, at about 4,000 yards.
         4.  Sank SHIGURE type DD off Savo Island at 0630.

       B.  Observed by PORTLAND in addition to (A) above.
         1.  One large vessel, at least light cruiser, blew up
             during the action.  At least three destroyers,
             unidentified, were seen to blow up.
         2.  After the action, and at about 0300, nine ships were
             burning, only three of which could have been friendly,
             the ATLANTA, CUSHING AND MONSSEN.  0330 NACHI type
             cruiser (or possibly HARUNA type BB) blew up, and
             a TENRYU, or possibly a heavy DD also.  At daylight,
             one HARUNA type BB (later hit by Guadalcanal
             aircraft), and one unidentified cruiser, were NW
             of Savo.

    7.     Damage incurred by PORTLAND.
       A.  Torpedo hit on starboard side at about frame 134.  All
           decks and ships side blown away from frame 125 to 139,
           except for shell plating on port side and some framing
           attached thereto; and buckle damage from frame 139 aft.
           Shell and frames gone from baker strake starboard to
           main deck.  Shear line in way of damage on port side
           not distorted.  Propellors two and three sheared off.
           Rudder jammed right five degrees.  Number three turret
           unseated and out of commission.
           Damage to compartments as follows:

           Legend:- D-Destroyed    F-Flooded
                    R-Ruptured     FL-Flooded, later pumped dry
Second Deck                   First Platform
D-203-L (CPO) D               D-311-L      D
D-203-- Partly                D D-310-L    D
                              D-307-L      R-about 3' of water.
                              D-309-T      D
                              D-304-E      F-About 3' of water.
                              D-305-E (Ice Mach.) FL
                              D-303-A (Cold Stor.) Partly F

Second Platform               Hold
D-414-W      D                D-504-V     D
D-413-E (Steering gear) D     D-505-V     D
D-16-A       D                D-506-V     D
D-14-A       D                D-507-V     D
D-412-E (Motor Rm.)           D D-508-V   D
D-17-A       D
D-15-A       D
D-13-A       D
D-12-A Partly F-3 of water
#2 Low pressure turbine badly damaged.
Numerous electrical grounds and ruptured connections.

       B.  Shell hit on starboard side, frame 68, at second deck
           level; negligible damage except Degaussing cable ruptured.

       C.  Shell hit in starboard hanger at frame 81, above
           mezzanine deck; large hole in side plating, negligible

       D.  Several shell hits from 40mm or slightly larger

    8.     Casualties to personnel.
       A.  Lieut. R.H. Williams, (MC), U.S. Navy, Scott Davis Sea1c
           and eight men killed in action.

       B.  Nine men missing in action.
       C.  Commander T.R. Wirth, U.S. Navy, and 16 men injured in

    9.     Commendations will be forwarded by separate

    10.    Subject to the trying limitation imposed by damage, the 
           ship operated and handled satisfactorily.  The engineering 
           plant stood up well under the shock of the torpedo 
           explosion, as did the entire vessel's structure.  The main 
           and five inch batteries functioned well.  The fire control 
           and fire effect are considered to have been excellent.  The 
           ship's company, without exception, performed their arduous 
           duties magnificently throughout fifty seven trying and 
           exhausting hours, including two actions.  Their bearing, 
           through all, was inspiring.

    11.    In conclusion the following comment is submitted:

           It is believed that the remarkable success with which the 
           force met was due primarily to the circumstance that the 
           enemy was surprised at the moment he was prepared to 
           commence bombardment of Guadalcanal.  Apparently his guns 
           and hoists were loaded with this type of ammunition.  
           Neither of the two fourteen inch hits made on this vessel 
           penetrated the side, both exploding instantaneously on the 
           ship's side. 

                                                          L.T. BuBose.
Advance copy to Cincpac.
        Copy to war diary.

                                                    November 19, 1942.

From:          Acting Executive Officer.
To  :          Commanding Officer.

Subject:       Night action on Nov. 13, 1942.

Reference:     (a) U.S. Navy Regs.,  1920, Art. 948.

    1.     Having assisted in the preparation of the Commanding 
           Officer's report on the subject action, 1 report
           Herewith in compliance with reference (a), that I have 
           nothing further to add to the Commanding Officer's report.

                                                          W.E. Guitar.

CA33/A9/AM93                                                     90-bd

                                           November 14, 1942

From:          Gunnery Officer.
To  :          Commanding Officer.

Subject:       Report of surface engagement off Save Island,
               night of 12-13 November, 1942.

    1.     The following narrative regarding the night action
           off Savo Island, night of 12-13 November, 194?, in

    2.     Events leading up to the action, being included in
           separate report, are omitted.

    3.     Upon clearing Lango Channel at 0115, Ammunition Condition
           One was set in the Main and Secondary batteries.  The
           condition of the ship's armament at this time was excellent
           with the following exceptions:

       (a) The FC radar on the forward main battery director was out, 
           with numerous shorts in the transmitter condensers.

       (b) The FD radar on the starboard A.A. Director was out, never 
           having been reliable since  installation.

       (c)  Automatic transmission to the starboard search lights was 
            out, as a result of gunfire shick during the torpedo plane 
            engagement of the preceding day.

       (d) The Mark 14-3 sight of No. 4 one point one director had 
           been damaged beyond repair during the air attack  on Task 
           Force Sixteen on October 30, and replacement had not yet 
           been received.

    4.     At about 0127, while on course 280, speed 18, the first
           radar contact with the enemy was reported by the U.S.S. 
           HELENA, range 31-900 yards, bearing, 310*.  At about 0142
           the PORTLAND made her first radar contact on SG radar,
           showing about three echoes from 305 T. to 320 T. range
           11,000 to 14,000 yards.  The FC radar on main battery
           director two then picked up the contact about 30 degrees 
           on the port bow, and tracking was commenced by the plotting

    5.     At about 0146 our leading destroyers made a column
           left 90 degrees, reporting that enemy groups were on both
           bows on present course.  They were followed in turn by
           succeeding ships in the column.  Just as the PORTLAND came
           up to the turn and put over the rudder, an enemy vessel on
           our port bow illuminated our leading destroyers.  Several
           other enemy ships in this group illuminated immediately 
           thereafter, and ships at the head of our column counter-
           illuminated.  Fire was opened by both forces practically
           simultaneously.  At the same time another group of enemy 
           ships further to the right, also turned on searchlights.

    6.     "Action Starboard" was given by the Commanding Officer, 
           followed by orders to open fire on enemy vessels of the 
           left group.  During the turn the main battery was kept 
           on the designated bearing by radar contact and the plotting
           room obtained an approximate solution on the target.  As 
           soon as the PORTLAND swung sufficiently left to unmask the 
           starboard A.A. battery, illumination by starshells was
           begun.  By this time an enemy vessel on the designated
           bearing, which had just turned on her searchlights, was
           picked up optically by main battery director one.  The 
           plotting room solution was verified by Spot One, and fire
           was opened at range 6200 yards by turrets I and II, Turret 
           III not yet having had opportunity to match up.  When the 
           first salvo landed at least four bursts of flame leapt from 
           the enemy vessel, which by this time was recognized as a
           destroyer.  The second salvo was fired and the destroyer 
           exploded and sank immediately.  This vessel was later
           identified from silhouettes as or the HIBIKI class, and
           probably was the AKUTSUKI.

    7.     Check fire was given and a new target picked up on about
           the same bearing, range about 7000 yards.  Visibility at 
           this point was poor, as flares were burning between the two 
           forces and the smoke from gunfire was getting heavy.  This 
           second target was not positively identified, but is
           believed to have been either a light or heavy cruiser.  Two 
           nine-gun salvos were  fired, and several hits from each 
           salvo were observed.  The after FC radar was functioning 
           perfectly and the opening range was right on.  The ship 
           began to burn at several points.  Just as the turrets were 
           completing their loads for the third salvo (fifth of the 
           action) a violent explosion occurred aft, which proved to 
           be a torpedo hit in the starboard quarter at frame 135.  
           Just previously enemy destroyers had been reported on the 
           starboard quarter close aboard, the A.A. battery had fired 
           a search spread of starshells in that direction without
           seeing anything.  However, the wake of the torpedo was seen
           coming from the starboard quarter.

    8.     The ship immediately began to swing hard right, and
           steering control was completely lost.  During the 
           remainder of the engagement (and up to the present 
           writing), it was impossible to maneuver the ship by the 
           engines in other than a tight right-hand turn.  Turret III 
           was jammed, in elevation and train by this explosion, but 
           otherwise the ship's armament was unpaired.  The two 
           inboard propellers were blown off, but speeds up to 20 
           knots were maintained when necessary, and the ship remained 
           steaming in a tight circle until daylight.

    9.     A very short time after the torpedo hit, when the ship
           had made a full turn, a HARUNA type battleship was picked
           by directors one and two to starboard.  This ship was 
           adequately illuminated by the many flares and stars which
           were everywhere, as well as the fires of several burning
           ships.  The after FC radar functioned sporadically due to
           excessive vibration, but a range of 4200 yards was obtained
           which proved excellent.  Fire was opened when the
           battleship was almost dead ahead, and four six-gun salvos 
           were fired as we swung around.  The battleship was firing
           at us, but practically all of her salvos were passing  
           overhead.  We were hit twice by what appeared to be 14-inch
           bombardment shells which dissipated their force without 
           serious penetration of our starboard side.  These hits are
           fully described in the damage report.  The battleship was 
           an excellent target, and was hit many times by all four
           salvos.  Flames broke out immediately, and were
           particularly fierce around the pagoda superstructure.

    10.    As we continued to swing in a circle the situation at this
           point became extremely confused, and it was impossible in
           many instances to distinguish friend from foe.  A large
           ship, at least the size of a light cruiser, blew up in a
           tremendous blast and vanished. The SAN FRANCISCI was 
           identified, burning rather badly but still firing.  The 
           HELENA came by close aboard with all guns blazing.  No
           other ships could be identified at this time, and the 
           action began to draw away from us.  Orders were received at 
           about this time from Commander Task Group 67.4 to turn on
           recognition lights, which was done for a short time by this
           ship.  Due to smoke and flares it was impossible to tell 
           whether any other ship complied, as no recognition lights
           could be distinguished by this ship.

    11.    The starboard searchlights and 5"/25 cal. Guns numbers 5
           and 7 were now out of commission, caused as was later 
           discovered by the 14 inch shell hit in the starboard hanger
           which ruptured the power cables.  As no further recognized 
           target presented itself, the action was over insofar as we
           were concerned. 

    12.    A short time thereafter the action dwindled to a few
           sporadic outbursts for a brief interval, and then died out
           all together.  The time off the action was from 0151 to
           0245.  The PORTLAND continued to steam in a circle, and we 
           were surrounded by nine burning ships, all lying to or 
           moving very slowly.  We could identify the ATLANTA, lying 
           about 5000 yards to the southward and burning badly.  A 
           NACHI type cruiser lying to the northwest was positively 
           identified.  She burned fiercely for a long time with the 
           entire hull and superstructure glowing, and sank before 
           daylight.  Another vessel burning to the northward was 
           tentatively identified as a TENRYU class light cruiser, as 
           she appeared to have three stacks.  This vessel might have 
           been a large destroyer, and exploded and sank before 

    13.    At daylight, about 0530, the following ships were in sight:
       (a) ATLANTA, lying to but not burning, 5000 yards to southward.
       (b) A SHIGURE class destroyer lying to, not burning 12,500
           yards to westward, just south of Savo Island.
       (c) CUSHING, burning badly, 8000 yards to northwest.
       (d) MONSSEN, burning badly, 10,000 yards to northward.
       (e) A HARUNA class battleship and one unidentified Jap cruiser 
           hull down, 35,000 yards to northwest.
       (f) ARRON WARD, 15,000 yards to northward.

    14.    At 0630, after positively identifying the SHIGURE class 
           destroyer, we opened fire on it, range 12,500 yards.  Six 
           six-gun salvos were fired, she was hit several times, and 
           when the sixth salvo landed her after magazines blew high 
           in the air and she sank immediately.  It was noted that two 
           small boats were standing by her at the time.

    15.    At about 0700, the Japanese battleship fired two single gun 
           salvos at the ARRON WARD.  No hits were obtained.

    16.    A tow was requested from Tulagi, and while waiting the 
           Portland Put over a boat which picked up survivors.  As 
           Higgins boats from Cactus, which had been requested earlier 
           by this vessel, arrived a short time later as several SOC's 
           were engaged in rescue work, the PORTLAND did not stop 
           again for survivors.

    17.    At  0953 the BOBOLINK arrived and was directed by the 
           PORTLAND as SOPA to take the ATLANTA in tow.  This vessel 
           attempted to work herself toward Kukum, and with the aid of 
           Higgins boats pushing against the starboard bow, and the 
           alternate backing and going ahead on the engines, succeeded 
           in moving along in proximity to the ATLANTA and BOBOLOINK.

    18.    At about 1400 Commanding Officer, of the ATLANTA stated 
           that he was unable to check flooding and would have to 
           abandon and scuttle ship.  Authority was granted to do so 
           by Commanding Officer, PORTLAND as S.O.P.A.  The crew of 
           the ATLANTA was taken off by Higgins boats and The 
           demolition party set to work.

    19.    At 1432 the BOBOLINK and YC236 came alongside this ship's 
           starboard bow.  By joint use of these vessels and the 
           ship's engines, a speed of about three knots was maintained 
           and Tulagi was reached at about 0110.

                                                         E.W SHANKLIN,
                                             Lieut.-Comdr., U.S. Navy.

File No.                                                         05/hw
Office of the Commander
Serial TS133

U.S.S. McCAWLEY, Flagship,
November 29, 1942.

CO PORTLAND conf. Ltr.
CA33/A16-3 serial 073
Of November 21, 1942.

From:          Commander Task Force SIXTY SEVEN.
To  :          Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.
Via :          Commander South Pacific Force.

Subject:       Night Action between Task Force 67.4
               and Japanese Forces, November 13, 1942.

    1.     Forwarded. 

                                                           R.K. TURNER

Copy to:


A16-3/(90)                                           December 9, 1942.
Serial 00114c

CO PORTLAND conf. ltr.
CA33/A16-3 serial 073 
of November 21, 1942.

From:          The Commander South Pacific Area and South Pacific 
To  :          The Commander in Chief, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET.

Subject:       Night Action between Task Force 67.4 and Japanese 
               Forces, November 13, 1942.

    1.     Forwarded.

    2.     The PORTLAND's performance was most commendable especially 
           as regards ship and damage control. The sinking of an enemy 
           destroyer by PORTLAND 3 hours and 45 minutes after the 
           first night action while still out of control and steaming 
           in circles was one of the hip, lights of this action.

    3.     Specific comments are as follows:
       (a) Conditions noted in Enclosure (B), paragraphs 3 (a) and 3 
           (b) were never brought to the attention of Commander South 
           Pacific Force. Responsibility for initiating action to 
           correct such all important deficiencies rests with the 
           Commanding Officer. Competent radar repair units which have 
           been functioning in this area for some time are believed 
           capable of maintaining all types of radars in a satis
           factory state of material readiness.

       (b) Enclosure (B), paragraph 6. With normal functioning and 
           operation of fire control radars, withholding fire to 
           verify solution optically is not required nor recommended. 
           Greater reliance must be placed on the excellent fire 
           control radars installed.

       (c) Enclosure (B), paragraph 7. The use of starshells is 
           questionable. Accurate information of enemy ships should 
           have been obtained from the SG and SC radars and fire 
           promptly opened with the 5-inch battery.
    4.     Classification of this correspondence has been changed from 
           "Confidential" to "Secret", and by copy of this endorsement 
           the originator is directed to change his copy accordingly.

                                                       s/ W.F. HALSEY.

Copy to:
        CTF 67

History of the U.S.S. PORTLAND CA-33

                      Portland Class
                    CA-Heavy Cruisers



Displacement (tons):
    9,800 (stand)
   14,000 (Mean war service)

Length (oa):


Draft (max):

Armament (max auth):
     9 8"/55 
     8 5"/25 DP
     4 40 mm twins (none on CA 35)
     4 40 mm quads (6 on CA 35)
    12 20 mm


       32 knots (max)

    Max. Cruising radius:
       4,700 miles @ 25 knots
       9,800 @ 15 knots

       107,000 (shaft)

       4 screws
       geared turbine
       3,061 tons oil (max)

       3 SC-1

            The PORTLAND follows the general design of the NORTHAMPTON Class 
with minor alterations, including 10 ft. additional length and a 
redistribution of weight throughout the ship in favor of improved 
War losses include:

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