Quote of the Day
I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
During some routine research on battleships, I encountered some photos on the web that I thought were worth sharing here. My hope with these photos is to give readers a feel for the size of these guns and their projectiles.
Figure 1 shows the 14-inch guns of the USS Texas, which is the last remaining dreadnought. She is a great example of a WW1-era warship. Unfortunately, salt-water is slowly eating away at her and her long-term fate is probably as a land-based museum exhibit. I find it remarkable that they have kept it afloat this long. I do plan to travel in the next few years to the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where she currently resides.
Figure 2 shows a “photoshopped” collection of different battleship shells with a person standing next to them to give a sense of scale. A heavy cruiser 8-inch shell is included in the photo (far right) to show that battleship shells are in a different category of size from that of a cruiser.
The Yamato-class battleships used the 18.1-inch shells. I can find only one, albeit disputed, mention of the effectiveness of these shells in combat because the Yamato-class ships saw so little combat. According to Japanese sources, the USS Gambier Bay was apparently heavily damaged by a near-miss from one of these shells.
Figure 3 shows the selection of shells available to an Iowa-class battleship. Most sources only mention the 1900 lb HC and 2700 lb armor-piercing variants, but you can see there were a number of other options.
Figure 4 is a photo that I saw on Quora that does a good job of comparing the sizes of the battleships (link).