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Superstructure
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For all you non-Navy types, that is the term for everything on a naval craft above the weather deck... the deck we're standing on, here at the U.S.S. Alabama ship museum (South Dakota-class battleship) and memorial to the men and women who served in World War II, docked permanently in Mobile Bay, Alabama (the ship was deemed a national historic landmark in 1986). The part of the deck we're standing on is metal, not as susceptible to a bow collision as the wooden teak deck you see in the distance. The large triple gun turret you see here are three of the nine 16" diameter cannon on the Alabama, capable of throwing a 2,700 pound shell, accurately, 22-1/2 miles, and 24 miles max. The gun tub in front of the turret sports two 40mm anti-aircraft guns, and the multiple weaponry projecting out from the base of the superstructure back there are 5" cannons. The only things not original to the ship in this photo are that brown York air conditioning unit on the left, installed to keep below-deck visitors cool, and the bronze plaques on the right side of the 16" turret, that speak to the ship's history and current status. A visit to any warship museum is recommended, if only to understand what it was like to be belowdecks during a battle, and what your chances of survival were if the ship was in harm's way. It also allows you to understand how brave these men and women were then and are now to accept this duty, and the thanks we all owe them. 2.09-8

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::biffobear
02/08/18 8:16 AM GMT
Bristling with firepower...Good angle...R.
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I wish I was a Glow Worm, a Glow Worm's never glum, 'cause how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?
::Ramad
02/08/18 8:56 AM GMT
Impressive firepower. Good clear details overall Nik.
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Smooth seas do not make skilful sailors.
.Dunstickin
02/08/18 9:40 AM GMT
My dad served on the Air Craft Carrier 'Indomitable' during WW11...I had the pleasure of visiting her twice. I have always enjoyed reading about naval history.
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.0930_23
02/08/18 3:15 PM GMT
Great shot and information Knik. I see the Owd Timer's dad served in the Navy as well. I was curious as to how many degrees the turrets could swivel and if the shells are ejected.

TicK


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People are like cameras--sometimes they lose focus.
::Nikoneer
02/08/18 3:28 PM GMT
Those big guns are 16"-50 caliber Mark 7 guns, 66.6' long, from breechface to muzzle. Each gun weighed about 239,000 pounds (108,000 kg) without the breech, and 267,900 pounds (121,517 kg) with the breech. They fired projectiles weighing from 1,900 to 2,700 pounds (850 to 1,200 kg) at a maximum speed of 2,690 feet per second (820 m/s) with a range of up to 24 miles (39 km). At maximum range the projectile spent almost 1-1/2 minutes in flight. Each turret required a crew of 79 men to operate. The turrets themselves cost US$1.4 million each, to which the cost of the guns had to be added. The guns could be elevated from -5 degrees to +45 degrees, moving at up to 12 degrees per second. The turrets could rotate about 300 degrees at about 4 degrees per second and could even be fired back beyond the beam, which is sometimes called "over the shoulder". Complementing the gun was a fire control computer, used to direct the fire from the battleship's big guns, taking into account several factors such as the speed of the targeted ship, the time it takes for a projectile to travel, and air resistance to the shells fired at a target. Hope that fills in the holes, Tick.

-Nik
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.icedancer
02/08/18 6:14 PM GMT
Whoa so impressive to see a capture of them up close, must have been wonderful to it in person - outstanding and thanks for the wonderful history lesson
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::tigger3
02/08/18 10:42 PM GMT
Powerful post, and I really like the clarity of this one, thanks also for the informative narrative. tigs=^..^=
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.rvdb
02/10/18 3:16 PM GMT
The big guns for sure they gave a bang nice capture Nik.

Rob
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.japio
02/13/18 1:31 PM GMT
Wow..amazing, that big..
grtz
Jaap
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