My father was assigned to the USS Honolulu right after Pearl Harbor and served on the cruiser till it was torpedoed at Leyete in 1944. It,s nickname was the Blue Goose, and on her foredeck? had a painting of a goose with a torpedoe up it's ass. the story goes that when it was at Guadalcanal. The Japanese came down the slot while the cruiser squadron it was in was anchored at Iron Bottom Bay.
The Captain of the Honolulu refused to idle it's boilers so that it could manuever in case of an emergency. When the Japanese came in contact with the Task Force, it launched torpedoes which accounted for several ships being severly damaged and or sunk. The captain since he had steam was able to manuever to avoid the attack but was struck by one of the "long lance" torpedoes in it's stern, which luckily failed to detonate. So that's how the Honolulu got it's nickname. Just a bit of history that people might be interested in.