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kcvet
02-02-2012, 06:17 PM
some what dated. but the USS Iowa is finally underway and will soon head for its new home in LA. with a stop in Richmond for some needed repairs.
years a go the state of Iowa opened its purse for contributions to have her moved. and I made mine. took long enough but finally got my money's worth. I am so happy to see her out of pack rat fleet and away from the chopping block. a piece of American history has been saved. I think she's been there since 1960

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/Iowa%2001.jpg

http://blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/Iowa%2002.jpg

http://oi41.tinypic.com/wrgarr.jpg


story (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-10-27/world-war-ii-era-uss-iowa-leaves-for-los-angeles/50968324/1)

you go girl !!!!

US Navy USS Iowa BB-61 Battleship Final Mission To Los Angeles California To Be Used As A Museum - YouTube

TopekaRoy
02-02-2012, 07:26 PM
I can still remember touring the USS Alabama in Mobile when I was a little kid. Those battleships are amazing.

I do think it's kind of funny, though, that our most powerful ship is named after a land-locked state!

kcvet
02-02-2012, 07:31 PM
I can still remember touring the USS Alabama in Mobile when I was a little kid. Those battleships are amazing.

I do think it's kind of funny, though, that our most powerful ship is named after a land-locked state!

I toured the Alabama to. got some photos in a box somewhere

chiefnut
02-03-2012, 09:48 AM
i remember a vet telling me w/he was on a battleship and it fired a full volley, the recoil "litteraly" pushed the ship sideways back thru the water. during a bombardment some ships would need to bring the ship back into range after hours of shelling. can you imagine the fire power they had to move forty five thousand tons sideways thru water? think of the resistance of water on your hand when you push it thru water. congratulations on saving an important part of history, we should never forget what they and the brave men aboard did for us.

kcvet
02-03-2012, 11:14 AM
we felt that recoil when the New Jersey fired in Nam. might take some time but the swells would roll under your ship. and she was firing miles away.
its takes very little to push any ship big or small. you can push one away from a peer with one leg. that's how buoyant they are.

chiefnut
02-03-2012, 03:26 PM
we felt that recoil when the New Jersey fired in Nam. might take some time but the swells would roll under your ship. and she was firing miles away.
its takes very little to push any ship big or small. you can push one away from a peer with one leg. that's how buoyant they are.

that is true,but try this experiment; take a 4x8 sheet of plywood, submerge it lenghtwise in a swimming pool and with one on each end try to push it quickly thru the water. you will find it quite difficult yet one of you can slowly push one end with almost no effort.

kcvet
02-03-2012, 03:55 PM
that is true,but try this experiment; take a 4x8 sheet of plywood, submerge it lenghtwise in a swimming pool and with one on each end try to push it quickly thru the water. you will find it quite difficult yet one of you can slowly push one end with almost no effort.

a true story. reminds me of the Missouri. I think it was back in the 70's. the city council in Independence, Mo put together a proposal to bring the Missouri there. Independence being the home of the late prez Harry Truman. it called to bring her up the Mississippi, then a left turn at the Missouri river. all the way across state. but she was just wide enough for passage. problem. because of her massive weight she no doubt would get stuck in the muddy bottom. solution. remove every thing above the main deck. then rail, truck and fly the parts in for reassembly.
when the council was handed the proposed bill it was on to new business

chiefnut
02-03-2012, 11:52 PM
all we have from the USS Wilkes-Barre is the anchor which is on display outside the county courthouse. it actuall fell over once and killed someone getting their picture taken in front of it or so the story goes.

kcvet
02-04-2012, 12:06 AM
all we have from the USS Wilkes-Barre is the anchor which is on display outside the county courthouse. it actuall fell over once and killed someone getting their picture taken in front of it or so the story goes.

your kiddin. that's hard to believe. well they do have to be ah anchored

http://www.navsource.org/archives/04/103/0410303.jpg

she was a Cleveland class cruiser

service record link (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Wilkes-Barre_(CL-103))