Pic of USS WHIPPLE in Tjilatjap drydock Feb 42

Pic of USS WHIPPLE in Tjilatjap drydock Feb 42

John Melmoth
John Melmoth

November 5th, 2012, 3:52 am #1

This photo purports to show USS WHIPPLE (DD-217) in the floating drydock at Tjilatjap after her collision at Prigi Bay in Feb. 1942 with HNMS DERUYTER...

1) Can any of our Dutch/RNN experts verify this?

2) Is there a better version of this image available?

3) Are there any other images of this drydock at Tjilatjap?



TIA,

JM
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November 18th, 2012, 5:27 pm #2

Hi John,

There was a floating drydock in Tjilatjap, towed there in December, 1941 (escorted by the destroyer Van Nes), arriving December 21. I found a description of the dock, owned by the N.V. Droogdok-Maatschappij Tandjong Priok in Batavia. The characteristics were as follows:

Length: 156 m
Width (bottom): 21,40 m
Width (top): 23 m
For ships with a draught of 7,5 m
Lifting capacity 8000 tons.

Never seen this photo before, thanks for sharing.

Hope this helps,
Jan
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"John Melmoth"
"John Melmoth"

November 19th, 2012, 3:03 am #3

A detail from a large Dutch map--too big to scan in its entirety--of Tjilatjap, showing the location of the drydock in the harbor...

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John Melmoth
John Melmoth

March 9th, 2013, 10:38 pm #4

Hi John,

There was a floating drydock in Tjilatjap, towed there in December, 1941 (escorted by the destroyer Van Nes), arriving December 21. I found a description of the dock, owned by the N.V. Droogdok-Maatschappij Tandjong Priok in Batavia. The characteristics were as follows:

Length: 156 m
Width (bottom): 21,40 m
Width (top): 23 m
For ships with a draught of 7,5 m
Lifting capacity 8000 tons.

Never seen this photo before, thanks for sharing.

Hope this helps,
Jan
Hello,

Found some more--actually a great deal more--on this ...the 8,000 ton drydock was piloted in to Tjilatjap from Tandjong Priok on New Year's day 1942 by C.B. Droste.

Interestingly, a model of this drydock is still displayed @ the Rotterdam Maritime Museum.

JM
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Lou Dorny
Lou Dorny

April 4th, 2013, 6:01 am #5

Hi John,

There was a floating drydock in Tjilatjap, towed there in December, 1941 (escorted by the destroyer Van Nes), arriving December 21. I found a description of the dock, owned by the N.V. Droogdok-Maatschappij Tandjong Priok in Batavia. The characteristics were as follows:

Length: 156 m
Width (bottom): 21,40 m
Width (top): 23 m
For ships with a draught of 7,5 m
Lifting capacity 8000 tons.

Never seen this photo before, thanks for sharing.

Hope this helps,
Jan
Interesting, and 8,000 ton dock at Tjilatjap. This is the one, probably, which took USS MARBLEHEAD in for repairs after the 4 February bombing. the light cruiser was 7,050 tons light, at the time of docking likely something over 10,000 with a lot of flooding. She was 170 meters long.

That's the one, I think. The dock could only take her forward portion, a very dangerous arrangement. The repair accomplished allowed her to get home to the New York Navy Yard.

Cheers, Lou
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