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UH-514, Pre WWII US Navy Cap Talley From The USS Bennington

This item is listed for historical interest only. It is not for sale.
Item #16308

This rare cap talley is in good condition with a slight amount of age to the bullion lettering. This talley was removed from a hat before we purchased it. Could easily be re-attached to a hat. Printed history is also included. This talley is from the USS Bennington. The gunboat Bennington suffered one of the Navy's worst peacetime disasters. She had arrived at San Diego, California, just two days earlier, after a difficult seventeen-day voyage from the Hawaiian Islands. Though both the ship and her men could have used a rest, they were soon ordered back to sea to assist the monitor Wyoming, which had broken down and needed a tow. While steam was being raised, much of Bennington's crew, having completing the hard and dirty job of coaling, were cleaning their ship and themselves. Below decks, an improperly closed steam line valve, oily feed water and a malfunctioning safety valve conspired to generate steam pressures far beyond the boilers' tolerance. Suddenly, one of them exploded. Men and equipment were hurled into the air, living compartments and deck space filled with scalding steam, and the ship's hull was opened to the sea. But for quick work by the tug Santa Fe, which beached Bennington in relatively shallow water, the gunboat would probably have sunk. As it was, she was so badly damaged as to be not worth repairing. Even worse, more than sixty of her crew had been killed outright or were so severely injured that they did not long survive.

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