Aerial view of Battleship Row moorings on the southern side of Ford Island, 10 December 1941, showing damage from the Japanese raid three
days earlier. In upper left is the sunken USS California (BB-44), with smaller vessels clustered around her. Diagonally, from left center to lower
right are: USS Maryland (BB-46), lightly damaged, with the capsized USS Oklahoma (BB-37) outboard. A barge is alongside Oklahoma, supporting rescue efforts. USS Tennessee (BB-43), lightly damaged, with the sunken USS West Virginia (BB-48) outboard. USS Arizona (BB-39), sunk,
with her hull shattered by the explosion of the magazines below the two forward turrets. Note dark oil streaks on the harbor surface, originating
from the sunken battleships (photo: National Archives).
At the first stage of salvage operations the destroyed superstructures were removed. The photograph dated February 17, 1942 shows the
superstucture under the forward mast twisted on the gun turret No.2.
(photo: Naval History and Heritage Command)
On May 6, 1942, the upper section of the forward mast was cut off the
bottom section and removed. The floating gantry crane YD-25, capable
of lifting 150 tons, used for dismantling the heavy ship components,
served at Pearl Harbor since 1903 (photo: Digital Archives of Hawaiʻi).