Grace, James W., Sea Classics
I just finished reading "The Lost Ships of Ironbottom Sound, Part III" in Sea Classics, March 2010, Vol. 43, and offer the following observations:
"The Battle of Cape Esperance," pp 27-29: While sources agree that the Duncan was hit by friendly fire, none of them identified the Salt Lake City as the responsible party. What was your source for this?
The photo of the Fubuki is actually an Aoba-class cruiser. You can find a photo of the Fubuki on the web and "Maru Special" has an issue on the class.
Admiral Goto's ships did NOT have any 5.5-in guns; only Japanese CLs carried them and none were present.
Admiral Scott's force had 19 8-in guns (ten SLC, nine ST) and 52 5-in guns (eight each on the cruisers, four each on the five destroyers).
"The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal," pp 29-31: All of the American cruisers were damaged - Atlanta, 49 shells and one torpedo; San Francisco, 45 shells; Portland, two shells and one torpedo; Helena five shells; Juneau, three(?) shells and one torpedo and, then, the fatal torpedo later on the 13th. …