World War II
American Destroyers
Benson class
A Study in blueprints

by Duane Borchers, Sr.

BK-100 $75.00 (Foreign, $105.00)(11"x17", soft cover book, 172 pages)
Ships of class: USS Benson (DD-421), USS Mayo (DD-422), USS Madison (DD-425), USS Lansdale (DD-426), USS Hilary P. Jones (DD-427), USS Charles F. Hughes (DD-428), USS Laffey (DD-459), USS Woodworth (DD-460), USS Farenholt (DD-491), USS Bailey (DD-492), USS Bancroft (DD-598), USS Barton (DD-599), USS Boyle (DD-600), USS Champlin (601), USS Meade (DD-602), USS Murphy (DD-603), USS Parker (DD-604), USS Caldwell (DD-605), USS Coghlan (DD-606), USS Frazier (DD-607), USS Gansevoort (DD-608), USS Gillespie (DD-609), USS Hobby (DD-610), USS Kalk (DD-611), USS Kendrick (DD-612), USS Laub (DD-613), USS Mackenzie (DD-614), USS McLanahan (DD-615), USS Nields (DD-616) and USS Ordronaux (DD-617).

LIST OF BLUERINTS
Benson class

Title

Shipyard & Vessel

Date of
Document

Page

Historical data plate,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-426 to 428

June 29, 1940

21

Draft marks, ships= names,
distinguishing figures & boot
topping,

do.

Jan. 10, 1939

22-23

Outboard profile,

do.
DD-425 & 426

Sept. 3, 1940

24-27

Inboard profile, compartment &
access,

do.

Feb. 13, 1939

28-30

Main deck & 1st platform, general
arrg=t.,

do.

Oct. 20, 1939

31-33

Forecastle deck & bridges, general
arrg=t.,

do.

Oct. 24, 1939

34-42

Faired lines,

do.

Aug. 9, 1939

43-45

Body plan, fwd.,

do.

Jan. 27, 1938

46

Body plan, aft,

do.

do.

47

Stem contour,

DD-425 to 428

-

48

Stern contour,

do.

-

49

Profile in way of skeg,

do.

-

50

Outside plating, stem to frame 67,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

Mar. 30, 1938

51-52

Outside plating, frame 67 to 139,

do.

June 17, 1938

53-54

Outside plating, frame 139 to stern,

do.

July 21, 1938

55-56

Framing expansion diagram,

do.

Jan. 29, 1938

57-59

Bow framing,

do.

May 25, 1938

60-62

Sections, ford., frames 12, 18. 29, 35, 41, 56, 63, 77 & 93,

do.

Jan. 12, 1940

63-64

Sections, aft, frames 110, 122, 132,
143, 163 & 184,

do.

do.

65-66

Forecastle deck plating,

do.

July 19, 1938

67-69

Main deck plating, stem to frame 67,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

May 11, 1938

70-71

Main deck plating, frame 56 to 139,

do.

July 22, 1938

72-73

Main deck plating, frame 139 to
stern,

do.

Nov. 22, 1938

74-75

Foc=sle deck house & superstructure
deck,

do.

Aug. 31, 1938

76-77

House & bhds., on superstructure
deck & navigating brtidge,

do.

April 5, 1939

78-80

House & bhds., on navigating bridge,
pilot house top,

do.

Feb. 6, 1939

81-82

S.T.S. (10" non-magnetic) protection
on pilot house,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-421 to 453
DD-411 to 420

May 14, 1941

83

Midship deck house, top and
walkway, frames 84-122,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

April 28, 1940

84-86

House & bhds., on after deck house,

do.

July 28, 1939

87-88

After deck house sides & top,

do.

Oct. 6, 1838

89-90

Arrangement of chart house, torpedo
tracking station & emerg. cabin,

do.

May 16, 1939

91

Bulwark, frames 70-132,

do.

Jan. 3, 1939

92-93

Rail & awning stanchions, arrg=t.,
above main deck,

do.

Sept. 13, 1939

94-96

Rail & awning stanchions, arrg=t.,
main deck,

do.

July 14, 1939

97-98

Awnings & weather cloths,

do.

Aug. 8, 1939

99-100

Rubber matting on weather decks,

do.

May 5, 1939

101-102

Arrg=t., of mast & rigging,

do.

Nov. 27, 1939

103-107

Rigging details, sheet #2,

do.

June 12, 1939

108-109

Antenna trunk, battle staff &
screened speed light support,

do.

Jan. 30, 1943

110-111

Battle staff, screened speed light &
antenna spreader,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

Mar. 5, 1940

112-113

Pole for masthead & towing light,
arrg=t., & details,

do.

Oct. 10, 1939

114-115

Skeg,

do.

Apr. 18, 1938

116-117

Propeller guards,

do.

Dec. 1, 1938

118-119

Rudder,

do.

Nov. 23, 1939

120-121

Hammock & coothes lines, arrg=t., &
details,

do.

Aug. 18, 1939

122

Slop chute & stowage,

do.

May 28, 1938

123

Ship=s bell,

do.

June 14, 1939

124

Anchor & abandon ship ladders,

do.

Mar. 7, 1939

125-126

Side ladder, arrg=t.,

do.

Feb. 13, 1939

127

Life buoy stowage,

do.

Apr. 17, 1939

128

Guard rails around hatchways,

do.

July 18, 1939

129

Warping arrg=t., & fairlead details,

do.

Oct. 12, 1939

130-131

Shell dblrs in way of condenser inlet
scoops, discharges & echo sound
projector,

do.

Oct. 11, 1938

132-133

Hawse pipe details,

do.

Nov. 17, 1938

134-135

Anchor handling, arrg=t.,

do.

Dec. 6, 1939

136

Misc. anchor handling details,

do.

May 23, 1939

137-139

Wildcat & capstan, arrg=t., foc=sle dk.,

do.

Sept. 11, 1939

140

Elec. Hydraulic windlass, gen=l
arrg=t.,

do.

do.

141

Isometric arrg=t, elec. Hydraulic
windlass,

Struthers Wells
Titusville, Penn.
DD-425 to 428

Nov. 15, 1938

142

Boat handling, arrg=t., fwd.,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

Aug. 21, 1939

143-144

Arrg=t., ford. Boat boom & qtr. Boom
& stress diagram,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

May 12, 1939

145-146

Stowage of position, buoy & towing
spars,

do.

Nov. 3, 1939

147

Double block at davit head for 26"
boat handling,

do.

July 28, 1939

148

Boat handling davits & details,

do.

Jan. 12, 1940

149-150

Torpedo handling, arrg=t.,

do.

June 9, 1939

151-153

Reserve torpedo, handling details,

do.

June 30, 1939

154-155

Torpedo handling crane at frame 110
port side,

do.

June 9, 1939

156-157

Anchor light, details & location,

Boston Navy Yard

June 10, 1941

158

Arrangement of Y-gun, handling &
stowgae of depth charges,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-425 & 426

May 16, 1940

159-161

Top of aft deck house, mod. Of
framing & bhds due to removel of
#3 5" gun,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-421 to 428

Feb. 5, 1943

162-163

After searchlight and range finder
tower,

do.

Apr. 13, 1939

164-165

Platforms & foundations for 40/mm
guns & gun directors, MK-45 & 51,
after deck house,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-421 to 428

Feb. 15, 1943

166-167

20/mm mach gun platforms,

do.

Mar. 19, 1942

168-169

20/mm gun platform, portable &
interchangeable with #2 torpedo
tube,

Boston Navy Yard

Feb. 17, 1943

170

Modification of 20/mm platforms,
midship deckhouse, top,

Boston Navy Yard
DD-421 to 428

Feb. 15, 1943

171-172

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