These US National Archives photos show the evolution of
the USS Indianapolis from 1937 through her loss in July 1945. This Portland class heavy
cruiser is best known for her sinking by the Japanese submarine I58 shortly after
transporting the A-bomb to Tinian in the Mariannas Is. Torpedoed en route from Tinian to
the Philippines, her overdue arrival went unnoticed. This resulted in great loss of life,
as those who survived her sinking died from various causes while awaiting a much delayed
I have arranged these extraordinarily clear photos in chronological order.
These are large files but well worth the wait as they download.
USS Indianapolis CA 35
Displacement: 12,979 tonnes full load
Length: 610' oa, 592' wl, Beam: 66'
Armament: nine 8" (3x3), eight 5"25 caliber ( 8x1)
AA Fit: various combinations of 1.1", 20mm and 40mm
Aircraft: four, 2 catapults
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