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1941 Seth Thomas US Navy Mk1 Deck Clock questions

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Hi all, I recently got a 1941 Seth Thomas US Navy Mk1 Deck clock and noticed that it does not keep time. After winding it will keep time for about 10 minutes then the hour hand and minute hand will just stop. The second hand 1108911193_USNAVYMK1DECKCLOCK.jpg.ee947871783b439606d52565bcdd9299.jpgstill works and you can hear her ticking away. I know noting about these clocks, is the clock broken in need of overhaul or just simple maintenance that I can do ? Anyone with knowledge on these clocks to help me please, or connect me with people who are knowledgeable. Thank you.  Rob

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Salvage Sailor

Nice USN shipboard clock, let us know how it turns out when you get it repaired.


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Update on the US Navy Mk1 deck clock made by Seth Thomas. All good to go now, all it needed was a cleaning and lubrication. Apparently the clock came off the USS Nicholas DD-449/DDE- 449 but I take that with a grain of salt as there is no proof to this fact.   Keeping good time now. Thank you

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Salvage Sailor

Hope you can establish that provenance as she's a legendary destroyer with a long battle history



Three war Fletcher class destroyer in service from 1942 to 1970


Undated, wounded survivors from USS Helena being transferred over the gangplank of the rescue ship USS Nicholas (DD-449) after the Battle of Kula Gulf. Photo and text from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.



The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

for service as set forth in the following

"For outstanding performance in action against enemy Japanese forces off Kolombangara Island, New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands, on the night of July 5–6, 1943. After waging a vigorous battle as part of the small Task Force which destroyed a superior Japanese surface force, the NICHOLAS remained behind with an accompanying destroyer to save the survivors of the torpedoed U.S.S.HELENA. Forced to clear the area on three occasions during rescue operations, she gallantly fought off continuing attacks by Japanese warships emerging from Kula Gulf and, with the other destroyer, sank or damaged an enemy light cruiser and two destroyers with deadly torpedo and gunfire, returning to the area after each onslaught to complete the heroic rescue of more than seven hundred survivors. The valorous achievements of the NICHOLAS reflect great credit upon the United States Naval Service."

For the President,
Frank Knox
Secretary of the Navy



Undated, USS Nicholas (DD-449) blasts the night with gunfire at the peak of the Battle of Vella Lavella, when U.S. destroyer forces intercepted the enemy's Tokyo Express trying to evacuate remnants of his troops from the Central Solomons. Photo and text from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.


  • In addition to her Presidential Unit Citation, Nicholas earned 16 battle stars in World War II, placing her among the most decorated US ships of World War II, a total surpassed among destroyers only by her sister ship, USS O'Bannon. She earned five more in the Korean War and nine in the Vietnam War for a total of 30, a number unmatched by any other U.S. Navy ship in the twentieth century.




These are both her DDE and DD patches



Undated, as seen from the USS Nicholas (DD-449), ships of Task Force 18 are shelling Japanese Facilities on Kolombangara and New Georgia. Note No.3 5" /38 mount and wake of the ship. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-K-2751



USS Nicholas (DD-449) firing her forward 5"/38 guns at Japanese destroyers during the Battle of Vella Lavella, 18 August 1943. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-58874.



Circa 1968 underway to Vietnam as seen from the USS Intrepid (CVA-11). From the collection of Dennis H. Hough.

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