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USS HOUSTON

Date: c 1944
Dimensions:
Overall: 548 x 373 mm, 250 g
Medium: Watercolour paint, paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jack Louis Koskie
Classification:Art
Object Name: Painting
Object No: 00017850
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    Description
    This painting depicts a bow view of USS HOUSTON underway at sea. USS HOUSTON was a Northampton class heavy cruiser commissioned by the United States Navy in 1929, and nicknamed 'The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast'.
    SignificanceThis painting is a record of the United States cruiser HOUSTON which was lost in the Battle of Sunda Strait with HMAS PERTH in 1942.
    HistoryThe Battle of Sunda Strait - part of the larger Battle of Java Sea - took place 28 February to 1 March 1942 when HMAS PERTH and USS HOUSTON encountered an Imperial Japanese Navy force near Bantam, including aircraft carriers, three cruisers and 10 destroyers. Both Allied cruisers were sunk with the loss of more than 1,000 men. The Japanese amphibious landing forces were preparing to invade Java, in the Netherlands East Indies.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: USS HOUSTON

    Assigned title: USS HOUSTON cl-30

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