On April 23, I toured the USS North Carolina (BB-55), a battleship moored at the port of Wilmington, North Carolina. As is my wont, I took a bunch of photos… a good percent of which are kinda crummy. But some turned out fairly well. Below are some shots related to the 16-inch gun turrets. More later (including panoramas) if there is interest.
These photos are higher-rez than what I usually post. I’m checking out the new “theme,” and if I can get the whole “blatant advertising project” underway, then future photos will be presented in a manner similar to this.
More photos below…
Some more photos:
Directly below one of the main turrets, showing the 16-inch shells stacked up ready for loading and firing.
A display showing the propellant bags stacked up behind a 16-inch shell, and compared with equivalent propellant and shells from previous ships called “USS North Carolina.”
View from the forward deck of the USS North Carolina, looking back on the forward gun turrets.
A 16-inch shell being loaded on board.
These guns are true monters. Difficult to get across just how big they are.