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||SN Cherrington in silhouette
in a photo taken from the mess-hall.
|Gene A. Strommen wrote on Oct. 26, 1999:
The picture (above left) of the collision damage to RSE was taken
out of the local Long Beach newspaper - - date of collision was 11 August 1960. The
aircraft carrier was refueling us about 200 miles North of San Francisco and suddenly
turned away without warning - - we quickly followed around and she then came back and
placed us inside her bow wave - - only thing we could do was back full. Unfortunately, the
carrier's elevator was down aft and that's what scraped us from the main deck aft up to
the wardroom galley forward. Left the triple torpedo tubes on the elevator! Was the Chief
Engineer at this time and had my hands full with processing job orders for repair as we
limped homeward on one screw!
DESTROYER, CARRIER IN COLLISION OFF SAN FRANCISCO
The aircraft carrier USS BENNINGTON and the destroyer USS EDWARDS collided Wednesday
during refueling operations 175 miles off San Francisco, the Navy said today. There were
Both vessels were damaged; the carrier slightly, the destroyer extensively, the Navy said.
The 40,000-ton BENNINGTON continued on with training operations. The USS EDWARDS was
ordered to Long Beach, under her own power, for repairs.
The Navy said Wednesday's collision occurred when the USS EDWARDS "apparently lost
steering control" as it refueled with the carrier. Its super structure smashed into
the USS BENNINGTON's Number 3 elevator. The EDWARD's super structure was badly damaged and
the flattop's elevator - for raising planes to the flight deck - was put out of
NOTE: This article retyped (by Joseph Pires) just as it appeared on 11
August 1960 and found on the USS Bennington Web site at: HTTP://uss-bennington.org . You can find other
interesting comments on the collision on that Web site.
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