MATT MURPHEY ORIGINAL WATERCOLOR USS BREESE 122/DM18
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Sold Date: 11/24/2008
Channel: Online Auction
SEVERAL INTERESTED PARTIES INQUIRED ABOUT THIS PAINTING AFTER THE AUCTION ENDED ... SO LETS TRY IT AGAIN!...EARLY 1920'S VINTAGE! THIS IS A FANTASTIC AUTHENTIC ORIGINAL VINTAGE HANDPAINTED AND SIGNED WATERCOLOR (NOT A PRINT) OF THE U.S.S. BREESE BY MATT MURPHEY. MURPHEY WAS AN IMPORTANT 20TH CENTURY MILITARY ARTIST WHO WORKED AS AN ILLUSTRATOR FOR THE U.S. NAVY AND OTHER BRANCHES OF THE ARMED FORCES. HE WAS ACTUALLY STATIONED ON THE U.S.S. BREESE AS A MAIL CLERK DURING THE 1920S-30s AND HIS TALENTED ARTWORK APPEARS ON MANY A NAVAL COVER, NAVAL CACHET AND CANCELLATION! . ADDITIONALLY HE WORKED AS A POSTER ARTIST PRODUCING RECRUITMENT POSTERS FOR THE U.S. NAVY DURING WORLD WAR II . ( SEE EXAMPLES IN PHOTOS ) HIS WORK APPEARED IN SEVERAL POPULAR PUBLICATIONS OF THE ERA DEPICTING MILITARY LIFE & DUTY INCLUDING ONE ARTICLE ABOUT "WACS" AND NURSES WHO SERVED DURING WWII.also known as (aka): Michael B : Matt Murphy USCS # 230 / ANCS # 288 - MAIL CLERK USS BREESE- HONOLULU (note incorrect spelling of last name!) THIS VINTAGE WORK OF ART BY AN IMPORTANT MILITARY ARTIST OF THE 20TH CENTURY IS IN FINE CONDITION...NO LOSSES...NO RETOUCHING...NO RIPS, CRACKS, OR TEARS...LIGHT SCATTERED FOXING/STAINS AROUND PERIMETER/NOT ON IMAGE ...DRAWN ON THICK CARDSTOCK IT MEASURES 11 X 15 IN. (IMAGE DIMENSION) AND 12 IN. X 16 IN. (OUTSIDE FRAME DIMENSIONS) THE BLACK/GILT ORIGINAL WOOD FRAME APPEARS TO BE A PROPER PERIOD STYLE PIECE AND IS FREE FROM ANY DAMAGE . SEE PHOTOS! THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO OF THE U.S.S. BREESE AND THE RECRUITMENT POSTERS SHOWN ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS AUCTION! USS BREESE (DD-122 / DM-18)
CLASS - WICKES (LAMBERTON)
Built to Bath plans, built by Newport News, these Wickes versions were
slightly heavier but had a good cruising radius.
Displacement 1,213 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,900 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines with Geared Cruising Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 101.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on November 10 1917.
Launched May 11 1918 and commissioned October 23 1918.
Decommissioned June 17 1922.
Reclassified Light Minelayer DM-18 January 5 1931.
Recommissioned as DM-18 June 1 1931.
Decommissioned November 12 1937.
Recommissioned September 25 1939.
Stricken February 7 1946.
Fate Sold May 16 1946 and broken up for scrap Breese was named for Kidder Randolph Breese (1831-1881) who served in Mississippi , flagship of Commodore Perry, during the expedition to Japan (1854-55) and as captain of Black Hawk , flagship of Admiral Porter's Mississippi Squadron during the Civil War. She was commissioned 23 October 1918 as a destroyer but was re-designated as a light minelayer in 1931. Breese was attached to Mine Division 2, Minecraft, Battle Force based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On 7 December 1941, Breese was anchored at Pearl Harbor and by 0757 she was firing at the attacking Japanese planes at close range with her machine guns. Although she received no material damage from the Japanese attack, Breese aided in the sinking of one midget submarine and damaged numerous enemy planes during the action.
Breese served in the Pacific Theater throughout World War II, earning 10 battle stars. After the war, she was decommissioned and sold on 14 May 1946. THE FOLLOWING IS A REPORT OF THE U.S.S. BREESE DM-18 ACTIVITY DURING THE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR!!: This vessel was moored in berth D-3, Middle Loch, in nest with division, order of ships from starboard U.S.S. Ramsay, Breese, Montgomery, and Gamble (flagship). This vessel had division guard. Following officers were on board:
Lt-Comdr. H.F. STOUT, USN, Commanding.
Lieut. A.B. COXE Jr., USN, Executive.
Lt. (jg) H.D. WARDEN, (MC) Division Surgeon.
Ensign A.R. BARBEE, USN, Engineer Officer
Ensign E.A. COBEY, Jr., USN, Asst. Engineer and Spotter.
Ensign R.L. CARLSON, USNR D-V(G), Communications and OOD.
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