David Weitz

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U.S.S. Topeka (CL-67) Cleveland class light crusier.

Watercolor on paper, c.1945.
Paper size 10 3/4 x 20 1/4" (51.5 x 27.3 cm).
Good condition. save for faint matline, well away from image.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 92180
Price: $975.00
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The Cleveland class of light cruisers were built for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The ships were designed with the goal of increased cruising range, anti-aircraft armament, torpedo protection, etc. Fifty-two ships of this class were originally planned, but nine of them were completed as the light aircraft carriers of the Independence class, and two of them were completed to a somewhat different design. These cruisers served mainly in the Pacific Fleet during World War II, especially in the Fast Carrier Task Force as their anti-aircraft capabilities were first rate. This watercolor shows the USS Topeka CL-67, later CLG-8. She served extensively from 1945 to 1949 at the end of and after World War II, primarily serving in Japan and assisting American occupation forces in the Far East. In the 1950’s she was converted to a Providence-class guided missile light cruiser and was reclassified as CLG-8. On 5 June 1969 Topeka was placed out of commission and was broken up. 20th Century Subjects , Marine , Watercolors, Drawings & Paintings