Black Hawk, U.S. Destroyer Tender

Photograph of Black Hawk, U.S. destroyer tender

National Archives #19-N-42257


Tonnage 8900 tons standard
Dimensions 420'2" by 53'7" by 19'8"
128.07m by 16.33m by 5.99m
Maximum speed       11 knots
Complement 471
Armament 4 4"/50 guns
1 3"/50 AA gun
1-shaft quadruple expansion reciprocating (3285 shp)
3 Babcock and Wilcox boilers
1700 tons
Armament upgraded at some point to 4 3"/50 guns, 2x2 40mm Bofors AA guns, and  16x1 20mm Oerlikon AA guns

The Black Hawk was completed in 1913 as the Santa Catalina and purchased by the Navy in 1917. She originally served as a minesweeper tender but was converted to a destroyer tender, with a torpedo workshop, in 1920. She had been serving in the Far East for twenty years when the Pacific War broke out.

The outbreak of war found Black Hawk at Balikpapan, where Admiral Hart had positioned her to support the move of his destroyers to Singapore in support of the British. She survived the war.


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