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Saturday, November 5, 2011

THE "TURNER" A LOSS WITHOUT WARNING

USS TURNER (DD-648)

On January 3rd, 1944, the USS Turner (DD-648) suffered explosions originating near her bow that continued along her 348 foot length until the new destroyer literally was annihilated.  She eventually sank and 138 of her crew were killed in the two-hour ordeal.  It was not a loss through combat as she was anchored in protected waters off the Ambrose Light near New York Harbor.  This was human error involving one of wartime's more unstable antisubmarine weapons....the Mousetrap.

At the left: February 28, 1943, launching day for the brand-new Bristol-class destroyer, USS Turner (DD-648).  Her cost of $8.8 million is small compared to the 1990's Arleigh Burke-class destroyer that cost approximately $1 billion.

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