The Torpedoing of the U.S.S. Kearny
OCTOBER 11, 1941


Watch Time Entry
0 to 4StatusAnchored in Hvalfjordur, Iceland in 11 fathoms of water with 75 fathoms of chain to the port anchor. Ships present: Comtaskgroup 75 (SOPA) in IDAHO and various units of the United States and British Fleets
4 to 8No remarks
8 to 120800Mustered the crew on stations, Absentees: none
0830Lighted fires under Boiler No. 4
0900Cut in Boiler No. 4 on main steam line
0940Set Material Condition Baker
1000Made all preparations for getting underway
1027Underway from anchorage in Hvalfjordur Bay, Iceland in company with ComDesDiv 21 (OTC), GREER and DECATUR, Captain at the Conn. Navigator on the bridge, standard speed 15 knots 143 RPM on various courses and speeds to conform to channel to Reykjavik, Iceland
1038Took position in column astern of LIVERMORE, order of ships: LIVERMORE, KEARNY, DECATUR, GREER
1042Set condition Three, watch I
1110passed through submarine net gate. Made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 109
12 to 161215Anchored in Reykjavik, Iceland in 11 fathoms of water with 60 fathoms of chain to the port anchor. Ships present: Comdesron 27 in PLUNKETT (SOPA), LIVERMORE, BROOME, DECATUR and GREER
1218LIVERMORE anchored
1219DECATUR anchored
1500Made al preparations for getting underway, lighted fire under Boiler No. 4.
1510Cut Boilers No. 3 and 4 in on main steam line
1533Got underway in compliance with signal from Comdesron 27 in company with PLUNKETT, LIVERMORE, GREER and DECATUR, steering various courses and speed to comform to the channel. Standard speed 15 knots 143 RPM. Formed column on PLUNKETT
1535Engey Lighthouse abeam to starboard
1540Whistle buoy abeam to port - distance about 500 yards
1553Grotto light abeam to port distance about 2 miles. Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 109
16 to 201615Steamed on various courses and speeds to take screening station on Iceland unit of convoy
1725Passed Skagi Point on the port beam distance 7 miles
1835Darkened ship. Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 104.25
20 to 24No remarks

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