Military: USS Preble IV 1920 - Light Minelayer

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USS Preble IV 1920 - Light Minelayer
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This is the model of the 1920 USS Preble IV. The ship sails on a light blue sea with white wake from the ship. The entire hull and deck of the ship is painted in a dark gray. There are port windows represented on the bow of the ship and there is a "345" in large white letters with black drop down shadows. The ship has multiple decks and there are several different guns and cannons in different sizes throughout the ship. A large cannon on the bow has just fired and there is smoke coming out from the barrel. There are 4 large smoke stacks with dark billowing smoke coming out of each. There is a large mast behind the captains deck with black rigging. A large banner flies from the top. There is a second mast toward the stern it also has rigging and an American Flag flies from the top. There are 2 white lifeboats hanging from davits, with red inflatable boats below each lifeboat. There are 4 sets of torpedo's of tubes of some sort. Other deck and cabin features are visible on this detailed model. Under the sea is a label with the following words: "USS Preble IV 1920, Built for RV Cowles 1971 by Jack Verducci." It is sealed with a wooden stopper covered with red sealing wax. Ship History The fourth Preble (DD-345) was laid down by the Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine, 12 April 1919, Launched 8 March 1920, sponsored by Miss Sallie MaeIntosh Tucker, and commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard 19 March 1920, Comdr. H. A. Baldridge in command. On 19 May 1937 Preble was transferred from Destroyers Battle Force, to duty with Mineeraft, Battle Force. Converted to a light minelayer, she was reclassified D M 20, effective 30 June 1937. She departed Pearl Harbor 20 September 1937 for mine training operations on the West Coast and returned to Hawaii in December. She remained in the Hawaiian area until the outbreak of World War II, engaging in scheduled mining exercises and fleet maneuvers. On 7 December 1941 when the Japanese forces launched their attack, Preble was being overhauled at Pearl Harbor and was unable to get underway. As necessary guns and ammunition were not aboard, a large number of Preble'~ crew handled ammunition, fought fires, and eared for the wounded aboard Pennsylvania (BB-38). On 30 January 1942 Preble completed her yard overhaul and joined the patrol operating just off the Pearl Harbor entrance. On 1 April she departed Pearl Harbor with units of Mine Division 1 to lay a large minefield at French Frigate Shoals, 500 miles northwest of Oahu. In July she assisted in laying a defensive minefield around the base at Kodiak, Alaska, returning to Pearl Harbor via Seattle for overhaul and patrol operations. On 6 December she departed Pearl Harbor for the Fiji Islands and Noumea, New Caledonia, serving on escort duty in the New Hebrides during January 1943. Preble steamed for the United States 9 October, arriving Norfolk 20 November. She decommissioned at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard 7 December 1945. Her name was struck from the Navy List 3 January 1946 and she was sold for scrap to Luria Brothers of Philadelphia 2G October 1946. Preble earned 8 battle stars for World War II service.

Made in: 1971

Made by: Verducci, Jack in Pearl Harbor, Hi

Bottle Size: 12" x 3 1/4"

Type of Bottle: Pierre Smirnoff

Condition: Excellent

USS Preble IV 1920 - Light Minelayer
USS Preble IV 1920 - Light Minelayer
USS Preble IV 1920 - Light Minelayer
USS Preble IV 1920 - Light Minelayer

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