USS Shaw's magazine explodes

Photo of USS Shaw's magazine explodes

The forward magazine of USS Shaw (DD-373) explodes during the second Japanese attack wave. To the left of the explosion, Shaw's stern is visible, at the end of floating drydock YFD-2.

At right, The bow of Nevada (BB-36) can be seen after her aborted escape attempt out channel. The tugboat USS Hoga (YT-146) maneuvers at the port bow of Nevada whose stern had swung 180 degrees back out towards sea channel after her quartermaster, under orders, nosed her bow into the mud at Hospital point. Hoga and companion tug YT-130 then pulled Nevada free and moved her to the western side of the channel where she settled into the mud at 10:45. A dredge line from the southern tip of Ford island is visible in the foreground. In background at left, smoke rises from Hickam Field.

Photographed from Ford Island.

May 20, 2009
November 21, 2020
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Public Domain
U.S. National Archives