Carrier Parking at Pearl
Re the magazine’s and Randy Moore’s comments regarding parking at Pearl Harbor (Airdrop, August 2017), I have the following information to add. At the National Museum of the Pacific in Fredericksburg, Texas, I purchased what the publishers state is “The Most Accurate Map of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.” What I purchased is a postersize map of Pearl Harbor, showing all the ships and their berthing locations on the day of the attack as well as the results of the attack as to which ships
were sunk, severely damaged, moderately damaged, or undamaged.
I could not find a reference on the map to Pier 5. The map, however, shows ships berthed at locations referred to as F-3 (USS California), F-7 (USS Arizona and USS Vestal), and F-11 (USS Utah). On the map, the berthing numbering system around Ford Island begins with F-2 and goes to F-13. F-2 and F-9 were open on the day of the attack. Since the two aircraft carriers were at sea and due to return, it would seem logical to me that two berthing locations would be open close to Ford Island.
Berthing location F-2 was in front of the USS California and right outside of NAS Ford Island Headquarters on the same side of the island as Battleship Row. F-9 was on the other side of the island adjacent to the hangars (“Service Area”) for carrier aircraft. On the map, F-9 shows a small pier that would be located amidships of any aircraft carrier tied there. I believe this small pier is where the aircraft carrier would be loaded and unloaded with the ship’s aircraft. Therefore, I believe with F-2 open and F-9 with a small pier, these are the locations the aircraft carriers would have been be tied to on December 7, 1941, if they would have been in port on that day.
The publishers acknowledge and gratefully thank numerous sources and persons including the Arizona Memorial’s National Park Service historian Daniel Martinez, The Pearl Harbor History Associates, Inc., and many others. The map (#OSB-11494-PET) is published by OSB Mapmania Publishing Co., 1503 E. Town & Country Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Super info, Randy. If anyone has any more Pearl parking information, let us know.—BD