The Torpedoing of the U.S.S. Kearny
OCTOBER 16, 1941


Watch Time Entry
0 to 4StatusSteaming in company with Comdesron 27 (SOPA) in PLUNKETT, LIVERMORE, DECATUR, and GREER on various courses and speeds concentrating on PLUNKETT, Boilers Nos. 1 & 3 in use, standard speed 15 knots (143 RPM)
0025Formed column on on PLUNKETT, KEARNY second ship in column, on course 014 (T) steaming at standard speed
0035Changed speed to 20 knots (194 RPM)
0100Changed speed to 25 knots (253 RPM)
0212Changed course to 009 (T). GREER fell astern and did not join column. Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 222
4 to 80614Formed a scouting line with PLUNKETT guide. KEARNY on port beam of guide distant three miles. Scouting course 009 (T), speed 23 knots (228 RPM)
0632Changed time to zone plus 1.5 time
0723Passed close aboard to a floating life-jacket, part of a jacobs ladder and a plank about 8 ft. long
0725Changed speed to 20 knots (194 RPM)
0755Changed speed to 23 knots (228 RPM). Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 197
8 to 120800Mustered crew on stations, no absentees
0923Changed scouting course to 037 (T)
1100Changed scouting course to 117 (T)
1109Changed speed to 28 knots to close on PLUNKETT
1128Changed course to 103 (T)
1130Sighted convoy bearing 150 (T)
1133Started steering various courses at various speeds taking escort station on convoy
1155On station on port quarter of convoy, on course 037 (T), steaming at convoy speed of about 6.5 knots. Started patrolling station. made daily inspection of magazines and smokeless powder samples. Conditions normal. Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 240
12 to 161205Set Readiness Condition III watch
1430Set clocks back .5 hr. to zone plus 2 time. Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 82
16 to 201611Steamed on various courses and speeds to search astern of convoy
1628Dropped five 600 lb. depth charges
1642Darkened ship
1658Resumed screening station on convoy and steamed on course 009 (T), at 6.5 knots (61 RPM)
1935Changed course to 054 (T)
1950Changed course to 090 (T). Average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 80
20 to 242010Ship of convoy bearing about 080 relative struck by torpedo. All hands called to General Quarters
2015Fired a starshell barrage from #4 gun in accordance with convoy doctrine
2020Changed speed to 15 knots (143 RPM), commenced swinging left to drop depth charges
2022Dropped 600 lb depth charge from port racks with 200 ft. setting
2030Changed speed to 10 knots (93 RPM)
2038Fired starshell barrage from #4 gun to illuminate port quarter
2055Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III, the ship remaining in Material Condition Afirm
2131Ship bearing about 065 relative struck by torpedo and burned instantaneously. Called all hands to General Quarters. swung the ship in a circle and carried out depth charge barrage in accordance with convoy doctrine
2150Secured from General Quarters. Set Condition of Readiness III, the ship remaining in Material Condition Afirm. Resumed station on port quarter of convoy, patrolling station
2215Sighted red rocket bearing about 210 true on starboard quarter. average steam 600 lbs. Average RPM 79.25

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