USS Steinaker
DD 863 (Gearing class)

 Courtesy of Navsource
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Builder:         Bethlehem Steel S.I., NY 
Laid Down:  	 September 1 1944
Launched:        February 13 1945
Commissioned:  	 May 26 1945
Decommissioned:  ?
Fate:            To Mexico 2/24/82, renamed Netzahualcoyotl;
                 Still active as of 2006

We are seeking information on the USS Steinaker and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.


The E-mail:

12/16/08:

Hi,

I served on the USS Southerland DD743 1965 - 1967. On Thursday Dec 11, 2008 we were on a cruise in Manzanillo, Mexico and spotted a Gearing class destroyer moored across the harbor. In checking it was the former USS Steinaker.

Here is a picture taken of her on that day. She is still serving proudly 64 years after she was built.

Bruce Cartwright


3/27/06:


We are Americans living in Mexico and belong to the Navy Leaque. This past week we visited in Manzanillo and had a tour of the port. While we were there we were lucky enough to see the US WW11 destroyer Steinaker (DD/DDR-863) which was sold to the Mexican Navy in Feb. 1982 and is still active. She has been renamed the ARM Netzahualcoyotl D-102. This is a picture that I took as she came out of port.

Sincerely,

Richard and Shirley Aco






Subject: Brush DD-745, Goff DD-247 and Steinaker DD-863
Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003
From: Carl K. Roshong

The larger picture is my Father Donald V. Roshong. He served on all three of the above listed ships. The date of the picture is 02 JUL 1944. I have 11 pictures of his ship mates, but am not sure of the ship. Also included is a picture of BM 1/c Roberts.

Carl K. Roshong,
CMSgt Ret. USAF
10832 Mill St
Pataskala, OH43062
740-927-5784


Loften Islands (grounding)

. . . . . In any event it was in the dead of Winter and shortly after Steinaker had undergone her FRAM overhaul.

The Norwegian papers made great sport of Steinaker having found her "stone-acre." They didn't consider her grounding a big deal. There are a number of rock hazards to navigation in those waters.

Steinaker was operating at night with a multination force. The skipper and the pilot were in their bunks. Sonar was either in the passive mode or inactive. When the Con saw the problem he put the helm hard over and this drove the stern up on the rocks, Everything forward of the stern tubes was in essentially open water. They first tried going astern and then using ahead power screwed the ship off the rocks. They didn't know the extent of the damage and made a futile attempt to move under their own power.

The port shaft picture (looking aft)shows:


  1)   Hole in the floor of the dock for the prop and broken 
       strut arms.
  
  2)  Cables employed to pull the strut arms up so that they 
      would clear the dry-dock sill. 
	  
  3)  Damaged screw and a suggestion of the extent of the badly 
      bent shaft. 

 

The Stbd shaft picture shows much the same including minor damage to the rudder.

Because of the cold weather and the sonar dome (not included in this set) "sitting" in a hole in the dock floor; men were required to keep the ice broken around the dome.

There was consideration given to scraping Steinaker dependent on whether any damage to the Red Gear and Turbines had occurred. (That's another story.)

Hope all of the above proves of interest and value to your efforts.

Bob Padden

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Many Thanks to NavSource



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