USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. DD850
at Battleship Cove, Fall River, Massachusetts.
To determine range between ships, a Stadimeter was used.
Attention All Hands,
Restoring a US Naval destroyer of the late 1960's vintage is no easy
task. The Gearing class had a mixture of WW2 and modern (60's)
equipment throughout the ship. Add on to this the fact that the Navy
excessively stripped Kennedy and vandals wrecked havoc throughout her
decks while she lay in wait to become a museum, one can see the
dedication of the volunteers to bring DD850 to her present condition.
However, in order to completely restore this historic ship back to her
late 1960's configuration, vintage photographs and equipment are
needed. If you have access to or know where to find any of these below
items, please contact us.
Currently, we are looking for detailed photographs of Gearing and
Sumner class destroyers. FRAM destroyer pictures would be of the most
value. Our restoration team is looking for paint schemes, compartment
layout, signs, machinery, etc which just might happen to be in a photo
you took of a shipmate. If you believe that your photo would be of
value to the Kennedy's restoration, you can send it to us
electronically or by regular US Mail (all original photos will be
Please contact DD850: Rich Angelini
Equipment Wish List.
Navy issue chairs-shipboard
Vises-- strong industrial/navy type
Fans (GE, Westinghouse, etc) Gray/Silver circa post 1960.
Fire Hose-- various diameters
hand held Battle Lanterns
Generic Signage such as DC, Post Office, Casualty, operating instructions, etc
1960's military radio equipment, teletypes, ship entertainment systems
Floor model Coke machine (mix type)
Electronic Test Equipment
Basic galley and Mess decks equipment
Fire extinguisers (old and empty) for display
Sound Powered Phones- headsets
Unlimited- Vacuum tubes
bulbs, fuses, lens covers for fluorescent lights
Navy style Plugs
Jack Box covers
Stern light glass bulb covers
Jack and flag staff (with lights)
interior doors and hardware
Water tight doors and hardware
Navy style sheets and blankets
Big Eye binoculars
Vintage diving equipment
Mk 25 Fire control Radar Equipment-- director
Welding machine--vintage Navy/Industrial type (need not work)