Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Blue Devil

Blue Devil was one of my favourite ships when I was young, it was big and fast, I modified it adding 5 power packs and an huge motor, and it was steaming beautifully when I launched it in Moors and Victoria park in the 60’s.
Story of Melvin II
During the Pacific campaign in World War II, the USS Melvin 680 compiled an impressive battle record. Over a period of two years, this 2100 ton destroyer participated in 11 major sea battles. MELVIN received 10 battle stars for World War II service.
The heroic actions by the Melvin prompted the Commander of the fleet to give it the name of Blue Devil.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. July 6 1943.
Launched October 17 1943 and commissioned November 24 1943.
Decommissioned May 31 1946 and re-commissioned February 2 6 1951.
Decommissioned January 13 1954.
Stricken December 1 1974.
Sold August 14 1975 to Trebor Marine Corp., Camden, NJ at $175,999 for scrap.

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