It appears sailors aren’t that superstitious since the Navy let this hull number slide.
The Navy has been around for a while, and there have been a lot of ships in its service with fascinating histories. So it would seem appropriate to highlight a ship and its story from time to time on Scoop Deck.
To start it off: The destroyer Black
In service: 1943-1946 and 1951-1969
Built: Kearny, New Jersey
Dimensions: 376 feet long, 39-foot beam and displaced 2,934 tons
Named for Lt. Cmdr. Hugh Black, killed in action in 1942, the ship served in the Pacific during World War II. She saw action at Leyte and Okinawa, and participated in two bombardments of the Japanese mainland. On the day Japan surrendered, Aug. 15, 1945, the Black was present during 0ne of the last kamikaze attacks.
It was taken out of commission in 1946, but the Cold War prompted her return to the fleet. In 1951, she served in the Korean War.
The Vietnam War brought Black to the coastal waters of Vietnam where she provided gunfire support for the troops ashore. Black was taken out of service 1971.
Anyone in Scoop Deck-land have any memories of USS Black?