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USS North Carolina

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To wind up the tour, I finally made it back topside, to the main deck. I took this picture (sort of obligatory on battleships!) from the forecastle.

This anchor was the starboard anchor. http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/photos/feature/6730/dsc00160.jpg

The ship, when it was being towed up the river to its current berth, was caught in a storm, and the tugboats didn't have enough power to keep it in place when the storm passed through. So they dropped the anchor to stabilize the ship. However, since there was no power aboard the ship, they couldn't raise the anchor, so 2 men volunteer to cut the anchor cable and free the ship. The placard describing this activity didn't say where they anchor cable was cut - down at the anchor itself, or if the cable was just cut on the deck.

These last pictures are of a twin 5" mount on the 01 level (i.e., one deck above the main deck). I wished I had climbed inside the turret, but I was pretty wrung out, and wasn't too sure of my footing to get up the footholds and into the turret. http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/photos/feature/6730/dsc00161.jpg http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/photos/feature/6730/dsc00162.jpg http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/photos/feature/6730/dsc00163.jpg http://modelshipwrights.kitmaker.net/photos/feature/6730/dsc00164.jpg

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If you want to get an idea of Battleship action during WWII read about the BB battles around Guadalcanal during 1942 and 1943. the North Carolina was deep into you.
OCT 19, 2017 - 07:47 PM
This is a great reference, thanks! If you have any more exterior shots, they would be most welcome...
JAN 16, 2018 - 01:49 AM
Tim, I think most of the exterior shots were posted. I spent most of my time below decks; it was a hot day, and I was pretty wrung out when I finally got topside. Didn't have much energy at that point to go up into the superstructure and look around.
JAN 16, 2018 - 12:36 PM
Fascinating pictures Timmy of a most interesting ship! Thank you for sharing! ... if only the RN had been allowed to keep a KGV as a museum piece
MAR 04, 2018 - 08:13 AM
Glad you liked the photos, Russell. Always willing to share that kind of stuff! Hopefully, my next walkaround will be for the USS Constitution.
MAR 04, 2018 - 11:23 PM