The U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
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CL-92 at Anchor  


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CL92 at Cramp Shipbuilding



CL92 at Cramp Shipbuilding





Note: Independence Seaport Museum has a collection of items pertaining to Cramp Shipbuilding. The museum can be found here:
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         Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Little Rock CL 92
Under Construction


The top photo is an aerial view of Wm. Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co., Phila. Pa.  taken on 11 Jan  1944.  At center MIAMI CL 89 (#532) nears completion. At left (partially cut off) is ASTORIA CL-90 (#533).  OKLAHOMA CITY CL 91 (#534) nears completion in the closer set of ways, while LITTLE ROCK CL 92 (#535) is under construction in the background. Photo is from NARA Records  - Group 80-G

The numbers shown on the photo as ("XXX") are the
Builders (or "Hull") Numbers assigned by Wm. Cramp & Sons.


Cramp Shipbuilding Company,  which had closed in 1927,  was reopened in 1941. Over the next four years the shipyard would begin construction on six (6) Cleveland Class light cruisers. They were as follows:

Builder's
Number

Name Navy
Hull No.

Completed
Date

532 Miami CL-89 1942
533 Astoria CL-90 1943
534 Oklahoma City CL-91 1944
535 Little Rock CL-92 1944
536 Galveston CL-93 1945
537 Youngstown CL-94 Not Completed

The second photo above-left is another aerial view of Wm. Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co., Phila. Pa.  The exact date this photograph was taken is unknown. It would appear to have been taken after the 11 Jan 44 photo shown above. Note that the MIAMI CL 89 is no longer at her pier.  It appears that the ASTORIA CL-90, OKLAHOMA CITY CL 91, and LITTLE ROCK CL 92, are still at the shipyard in the locations shown in the above photo.

Photo source: Wikipedia

Mrs. Ruth Wassell

Mrs. Ruth May Wassell

"On August 27, 1944, Ruth May Wassell shattered a bottle on the hull of a new ship and christened it the U.S.S. Little Rock.   Mrs. Wassell, whose husband was Little Rock alderman Sam Wassell, had been designated as the official sponsor for the City of Little Rock by Mayor Charles Moyer.

Ruth May Wassell was more than the wife of a local political leader.  The daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Wiley Singleton May, she...  graduated from Little Rock High School.  She later graduated from Henderson-Brown College and received a law degree from the University of Arkansas.  In 1932, she was admitted to the Arkansas Bar and later was admitted to practice before the Arkansas Supreme Court... (she) was active in business, serving as president of the Arkansas Lumber Company and owner of a citrus farm in Texas.  She was also active in civic affairs through involvement with the Arkansas Democratic Women, Boys Club and Second Presbyterian Church.  From 1947 until 1951 she was First Lady of Little Rock when Sam Wassell was elected as Mayor...   She died in 1964."

Note: The photo of Mrs. Wassell (left) and the above excerpts are from an article entitled "Little Rock Look Back: Mrs. Ruth May Wassell Gibb" dated Mar. 9, 2016 and written by by Scott Whiteley Carter the "the unofficial historian of the City of Little Rock".

The entire article can be found in the section "Cultural events, places and people in the Little Rock area" on Scott's website "Little Rock Culture Vulture".

CL92 Launching Launching of the Little Rock CL 92
at Cramp Shipbuilding
27 Aug 1944


Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Hull #535 Little Rock CL 92
(
Cramp Shipbuilding Hull #535)
with Tugboats


Navy photo taken sometime after 27 Aug 1944 launching.
 
LITTLE ROCK is seen here being moved by multiple tugboats.
Possibly coming out of Cramp shipyard bound for Philadelphia NSY.

Note that she is high in the water.
The "Measure 22" paint scheme has not yet
been applied, the gun turrents and mounts do not appear to be finished,
and the builder's number (535)
is just barely visible on the upper part
of the bow prior to it being changed to the Navy's "92" hull designation.


Official U.S. Navy photograph.
CL92 1945 with four tugs Little Rock CL 92
with Tugboats


Location: Background appears to be Cramp Shipbuilding
 
LITTLE ROCK is under tow with three additional tugs assisting astern.
Possibly coming out of Cramp shipyard bound for Philadelphia NSY.

Note that ship is high in the water indicating little or no fuel or supplies on board. Also note that two black round day-shapes are displayed (indicating that the vessel is not under command).
The light gray paint on the upper part of the bow and the  small "92" hull designation is "Measure 22" paint scheme.

Official U.S. Navy photograph
CL92 under tow, with three tugs Little Rock CL 92
with Tugboats


LITTLE ROCK is under tow (towing tug not in picture) with three additional tugs
astern. Possibly coming out of Cramp shipyard bound for Philadelphia NSY.

Note that ship is high in the water indicating little or no fuel or supplies on board. Also note that two black round day-shapes are displayed (indicating that the vessel is not under command).
The light gray paint on the upper part of the bow and the  small "92" hull designation is "Measure 22" paint scheme.

Official U.S. Navy photograph.
1945 CL92 with 4 Tugs Little Rock CL 92
with Tugboats


Official Navy Photo.  Appears to be Philadelphia NSY.
 
LITTLE ROCK is under tow (tug not in picture) with three additional tugs
astern. Possibly coming into Philadelphia NSY.

Note that ship is high in the water indicating little or no fuel or supplies on board. Also note that two black round day-shapes are displayed (indicating that the vessel is not under command).
The light gray paint on the upper part of the bow and the  small "92" hull designation is "Measure 22" paint scheme.

Official U.S. Navy photograph.
CL92 Commissioning
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Commissioning Ceremony

at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
17 Jun 1945

Photograph  c
ourtesy of Ed Stiles ENS
U.S.S. Little Rock  1945-1946
(Official Navy photograph)
CL92 Commissioning
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Commissioning Ceremony
with Capt. Miller and Guests

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
17 Jun 1945


Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Capt. W.E. Miller Speaking
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Commissioning Ceremony
Capt. William E. Miller Accepts Command

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
17 Jun 1945


Official U.S. Navy Photograph (Edited)
CL92 Commissioning Crew Aft
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Commissioning Ceremony
View of assembled crew

Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
17 Jun 1945


Official U.S. Navy Photograph
Provided by Walde Lindemann ADAN, AV Division 1946-49
CL92 Underway 14 Jul 1945
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Underway


Official Navy Photo.
Date taken: 14 Jul 1945.
Location: Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.

Note that the ship is much lower in the water than the above photos indicating
that supplies, ammunition, aircraft and fuel have been loaded on board.
.

Official U.S. Navy photograph courtesy of Mr. Robert Brani.
Received from the estate of Thomas Peth.
CL92 with Tug U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
with Tug and Whaleboat


This photo clearly shows the light gray paint on the upper part of the bow,
with a darker gray on the lower portion. This paint scheme was known as
US Navy "Measure 22 - Graded System".  Note the small "92" hull designation.

 Date, location and photo source unknown.
CL92 with Motor Life Boat
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
with Whaleboat


This photo is almost identical to the above photo, except the tug is not visible.
It may be that the tug was editted out of the original photo.
Or perhaps the photo was taken moments before the tug arrived.

 Date and location are unknown.
Photo obtained from eBay by Art Tilley Nov 2012.
CL92 26 Sep 1945 out of Philadelphia NSY
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 Underway

Notes on the photo indicates LITTLE ROCK on 26 Sep 1945 was steaming
out of Philadelphia NSY. The website 1945 Chronology page tells us that
LITTLE ROCK departed PNSY at 0930 and was underway to Newport RI.

Probably an Official Navy photo.
Most likely taken in Delaware Bay.
CL92 making high speed run
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
at high speed


This undated photo shows Little Rock underway at high speed. The US Navy
"Measure 22 - Graded System"
paint scheme places the photo in the 1945-46 era.

 
Location and source of photo unknown.
Valpariso Chile U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
on South America Cruise


Anchored off Valpariso, Chile 01 Feb 1946

Official Navy Photograph received from
WT1/c Sam Hacket.
CL92 Unknown date
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
probably on South America Cruise


The origin of this photo is unknown. It was originally colorized but has been returned to black & white format for authenticity. The similar profile to the above photo may indicate it was taken during the South America cruise in 1945 - 1946.

Most likely an Official Navy Photograph
CL92 photo by Keith Pry S1/C 1944-1946
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
on South America Cruise


The origin of this photo is unknown. The photo to the left is a better rendering
of the black & white photo above.
Probably taken during the South America cruise in 1945 - 1946.

Photo furnished by the son of Keith K. Pry S1/c 1944-1946
Little Rock CL92 Photo U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, South America 1945

Photograph  courtesy of Ed Stiles ENS
U.S.S. Little Rock  1945-1946
CL92 Valpariso 1946 U.S.S.  Little Rock CL 92
Pierside, Valpariso, Chile S.A.
01 Feb 1946

Photograph  courtesy of Ed Stiles ENS
U.S.S. Little Rock  1945-1946
USS L Rock with 8th Fleet Guantanamo Bay
U.S.S.  Little Rock CL 92
with 8th Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
10 May 1946


This photo is dated 10 May 1946, the day LITTLE ROCK departed Guantanamo Bay for Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The photo identifies the ships in the photo as: USS MIDWAY CVA 41 left, USS PRINCETON CVA 37 left rear, USS F.D. ROOSEVELT CVA 42 center, USS MACON CA 132, USS DAYTON CL105, and USS LITTLE ROCK CL 92 center foreground, USS CONSOLATION AH15, right rear. and AUXILIARIES, left and right foreground.


USS Providence as seen from USSLR
at Gibraltar, June 1946


"USS Providence as seen from LITTLE ROCK. LITTLE ROCK was at Gibraltar with a replacement propeller for USS Providence. (Propeller had been damaged at Alexandria, Egypt, in May when PROVIDENCE ran aground.)"

CL92 in Copenhagen 1946
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Copenhagen, Denmark
04 - 09 Jul 1946

(Bow on view)
USS Little Rock moored starboard side to at Copenhagen, Denmark.

Photo is from the collection of USS Little Rock shipmate
Clifton L. Prewitt, FC3 1946, sent to us by his grandson Bobby Kleinaman.
CL92 in Copenhagen 1946
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Copenhagen, Denmark
 04 - 09 Jul 1946


(Stern view)

USS Little Rock moored starboard side to at Copenhagen, Denmark. Note the great view of two of the ship's Curtiss SC-1Seahawk seaplanes and the massive crane used to move the aircraft.

(The back of this photo has the following comment:
"On this dock the people of Copenhagen gave a dance + beer
party for the American ships that were in port here."

Photo is from the collection of USS Little Rock shipmate
Clifton L. Prewitt, FC3c 1946
, sent to us by his grandson Bobby Kleinaman.
Little Rock in Stockholm
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Stockholm, Sweden
11 - 18 Jul 1946


Little Rock is one of the two light cruisers moored in the background. At this time Little Rock was operating with USS Houston CL-81 (CAPT Neil Kittrell Dietrich), USS Perry DD844 (CDR Clyde James Van Arsdall Jr.), USS Warrington DD843 (CDR Donald Wesley Wulzen), USS Glennon DD840 (CDR George Washington Pressey), and USS Cone DD866 (CDR John Shannon). An unknown Swedish Ship is also shown.
CL92 in Stockholm
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Stockholm, Sweden
11 - 18 Jul 1946


This is the same photo as that above, except that each of the U.S. Naval vessels are identified and the quality of the photo is slightly better.
 An unknown Swedish Ship is also shown.

Source of photo is unknown.
Antwerp, Belgium
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Antwerp, Belgium
20 - 24 Jul 1946


A nice stern view of USS LITTLE ROCK pierside in Antwerp, Belgium
during her 1946 Northern Europe Cruuise.
In Kiel Canal July 1946
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Canal Approach to Amsterdam, Holland
25 Jul 1946


LITTLE ROCK passing through a bridge opening while transitting
the North Sea Canal enroute to her five-day visit to Amsterdam. 


Note the US Navy "Measure 22" two-tone hull,  paint scheme.

Exact photo date is uncertain.
Source is most likely a local newpaper photo. 
USS Cone, USS Glennon and Cruiser


U.S.S. Little Rock with Two Destroyers


In 1946 Little Rock was operating in Northern European waters with the cruiser Houston and 4 destroyers. The adjacent picture shows the USS Cone DD866 and the USS Glennon DD840 moored outboard of a light Cleveland Class cruiser. The crane in the distance looks somewhat like the one in the picture below taken at the U.S. Naval Shipyard, New York, NY. Let us know if you have any further information.

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CL92 at Lisbon 1946 U.S.S.  Little Rock CL 92
Pierside at Lisbon Portugal

This great CL92 photo, originally submitted by ENS Ed Stiles, did not have a date or location.  It has since been determined with the help of the U.S. Archives that the picture was taken pierside in Lisbon, Portugal. The Archives photo was dated 19 Sep 1946, however this is probably the photo processing date. Most likely this photo of LITTLE ROCK was taken during her earlier August 15-21, 1946 visit to Lisbon. Note the small "92" hull designation and the light gray paint on the upper part of the bow.

Official Navy Photo. Original photo submitted by
Edward
Stiles ENS U.S.S. Little Rock  1945-1946
CL92 at NY NS Yard 20 Jun 47
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
U.S. Naval Shipyard, New York, NY
20 June 1947

  From the bow, looking aft.

0n 26 February 1947 LITTLE ROCK had entered U.S. Naval Shipyard, New York, NY (at Brooklyn) for a three-month overhaul. It would appear that the hull paint scheme was changed at this time from the "Measure 22" scheme to the now common all-gray scheme. LITTLE ROCK departed Brooklyn on 29 Jun 1947.

NavSource Photo
Peter Bakels
CL-92 Stbd Looking Forward
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
U.S. Naval Shipyard, New York, NY
20 June 1947

 Starboard side looking forward.

NavSource Photo #0409208
Peter Bakels

CL92 Stbd Looking Aft
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
U.S. Naval Shipyard, New York, NY
20 June 1947

Starboard side looking aft.

NavSource Photo #0409207
Peter Bakels

CL92 Underway U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Underway


Date and Location Uncertain.

Note the solid gray hull paint and the large "92" hull designation.

Photograph  courtesy of Walter Nebiker (Member #495) SN, 1947-1948
CL92 Underway
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 Underway

Date uncertain.

Photograph received from Little Rock Association Member
Roger Oosterink DC3
, 1947-1948

CL92 At Naples, Italy
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
At Anchor, Naples, Italy

Date uncertain. Most likely December 1947.

Most likely an Official U.S. Navy Photograph

CL92 at Valletta, Malta
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Entering Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta

17 Jan 1948 (Possibly Oct 1948)


Photo source is uncertain. This may be an Official; U.S. Navy photo.
or may have been furnished by the "Malta Times" newspaper.
CL92 at Valleta ca. 1948
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Entering Grand Harbor, Valletta, Malta

17 Jan 1948
(Possibly Oct 1948)

Note the aircraft carrier to starboard of LITTLE ROCK.
This may be USS F. D. Roosevelt CVB 42

Photo source is uncertain. This may be an Official; U.S. Navy photo.
or may have been furnished by the "Malta Times" newspaper.
CL92 Entering Venice Harbor 31 Jan 48 U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Entering Venice, Italy

31 January 1948

Photograph is courtesy of  Grady Ellis, son of CL 92 crewmember
Ralph Ellis, SN, FOX Division, 1948
USS Little Rock CL92 at Trieste, Italy U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Trieste, Italy
Feb 1948


A very unique view of the Little Rock,
enhanced by the silhouettes of three Trieste citizens.


Photo contributed by shipmate Walt Nebiker, SN, 4th Division 1947-48

CL92 to CL102 Hi Line
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 hi-lines to
U.S.S. Portsmouth CL 102

Week of 11 Apr 1948

USS Little Rock CL92 approaching USS Portsmouth CL102
on her starboard side in preparation for hi-line operations.
Note crew standing near Turret #2.

Photo was taken by an unknown CL102 crew member.
CL92 to CL102 Hi Line
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 hi-lines to
U.S.S. Portsmouth CL 102

Week of 11 Apr 1948

Similar to above photo except that a CL102 crew member is standing
close to the photographer.

Note: The USS Little Rock chronology for this period indicates that Little Rock was operating out of Newport, RI and was at times operating with USS Portsmouth CL102.

Photo was taken by an unknown CL102 crew member.
CL92 to CL102 Hi Line
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 hi-lines to
U.S.S. Portsmouth CL 102

Week of 11 Apr 1948

Photo shows Little Rock now alongside Portsmouth,
and clearly shows crew of CL92 engaging in hi line operations.

Photo was taken by an unknown CL102 crew member.
CL92 to CL102 Hi Line
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 hi-lines to
U.S.S. Portsmouth CL 102

Week of 11 Apr 1948

Final photo of four shows Little Rock at a distance from Portsmouth after
having broken away from hi line operation.

Photo was taken by an unknown CL102 crew member.
  Three CL's together
Three Cleveland Class Cruisers

U.S.S.  Providence (CL 82);
U.S.S.  Little Rock (CL 92); and
U.S.S.  Portsmouth (CL 102)
(listed left to right)

Pierside San Juan, Puerto Rico, 15 May 1948. (Note the differing radar antenna rigs,
and other details of these three Cleveland class light cruisers,
each ten hull numbers apart in the cruiser hull number series.


Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
CL92 in Cape Cod Canal 30 Jun 1948
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 makes transit
of Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod, MA
30 June 1948

(CO Capt. H.G. Moran)

Original photo  by William Donovan, Sandwich, MA.
Photo notation: "92 - U.S.S. LITTLE ROCK - (Lt. Cruiser)  June 30, 1948
Cruisers did not usually use the Canal."


Photo was received from Samantha Gray, Park Ranger,
US Army Corps of Engineers
CL-92 Cape Cod Canal U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92 makes transit
of Cape Cod Canal, Cape Cod, MA
30 June 1948

(CO Capt. H.G. Moran)

U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Courtesy of Captain Don Fink, 1983.
USS Little Rock CL92 at Newport, RI
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Most likely Newport, RI
July 1948

Starboard side view  -  Either moored or about to moor
Date Uncertain  (Probably  early July 1948)

Official US Navy photo. Source uncertain
CL92 Full Dress U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Full Dress Ship,  St'bd View
Possibly Newport, RI

Starboard side  -  Moored
Date Uncertain  (Probably 04 July 1948)

Photo from the collection of RADM Henry G. Moran,
CO  of  LITTLE ROCK  24 May 48 - 13 May 49.

(This would apprear to be one of only two known photos

of LITTLE ROCK CL92
in Full Dress.)
CL92 Full Dress Bow-on Photo U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Full Dress Ship,  St'bd View
Probably at Newport, RI


Starboard side  -  At anchor
Probably 04 July 1948

Photo from the collection of RADM Henry G. Moran,
CO  of  LITTLE ROCK  24 May 48 - 13 May 49.

(This would apprear to be one of only two known photos

of LITTLE ROCK CL92
in Full Dress.)
Little Rock in Greece U. S. Sixth Task Fleet
Commanded by VADM Forrest P. Sherman
17 October 1948

Phaleron Bay, Piraeus, Greece

The ships are (from left to right):
USS Little Rock CL 92,  USS Franklin D, Roosevelt CVB 42,
USS Providence CL 82,   USS Albany CA 123


Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives
CL92 Venice U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Entering Venice, Italy

26 November 1948

(CO Capt. H.G. Moran)


Photograph is courtesy of  Little Rock Association Member
Merle Fox (#606) SN, 1948-1949
CL92 Pierside in Venice
U.S.S. Little Rock CL 92
Moored Venice, Italy

November 1948

(CO Capt. H.G. Moran)

Photograph is from Adm. Henry G. Moran's collection
sent to us by his son Thomas Moran,
CL92 leaves New York
Little Rock CL 92 (Decommissioned)
Departs 
under tow from N.Y. Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn
for N.Y.N.S.Y. Annex, Bayonne, NJ

  Late June or early July 1949

Photograph is from Adm. Henry G. Moran's collection
sent to us by his son Thomas Moran.
CL92 leaves New York
LITTLE ROCK and PROVIDENCE at Bayonne, NJ.
  Summer 1949


Ex-USS Little Rock CL-92 and and Ex-USS Providence CL-82 await their fates in Mothball Fleet at Bayonne, New Jersey after being decommissioned.

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