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Old 02-18-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I think the coolest looking battleships were the Rodney and Nelson, sister ships. Treaty ships, they were powerful but slow and had all the main guns forward to concentrate armor and save weight. They were the only British battleships with 16" guns; Rodney was one of the ships that destroyed Bismarck.

Rodney
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'm enjoying this thread immensely! Thanks for putting all this great information out there. Though I spent my military career in the Air Force, I was always fascinated by naval ships, especially the grand Battleships.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Here's an actual photograph of the Bismarck firing on HMS Hood. It was taken from the Prinz Eugen. I've seen a brief home movie of it, but can't find it.

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Old 02-18-2011, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Denver
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This is what happened to the most powerful battleship that ever sailed (another victim of technology-she was downed by airplanes):

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Old 02-18-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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I always liked those actual battle scenes on the movie Midway (1976) when the American heavy cruisers and destroyers are blasting away their heavy guns at the Japanese torpedo planes attacking them as i'll put on my stereo head phones crank it up as i dig hearing them blast away !! One of my alltime fave war movie's !!
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Old 02-18-2011, 03:48 PM
 
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plwhit,

Baltimore-class? What's really got me stumped, though, is the hull number...
Yessir, USS Boston CAG-1. Served on her from 67 until she was decommissioned in 1970.

Before she was converted to a heavy missile cruiser her designation was CA-69.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Boston_%28CA-69%29

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghCaBHA8mD0








The business end of an 8"/55 barrel



Under fire off the coast of North Vietnam, 1967



5"/38 shell exploded in the gun barrel



Minor damage to superstructure


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Old 02-18-2011, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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I think the coolest looking battleships were the Rodney and Nelson, sister ships. Treaty ships, they were powerful but slow and had all the main guns forward to concentrate armor and save weight. They were the only British battleships with 16" guns; Rodney was one of the ships that destroyed Bismarck.

Rodney
Nelson class battleship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Ge...ttleship_(1939)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Rodney_(29)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Nelson_(1927)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuTNJ2oz1aE


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ib7j...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0dTp...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM5CA...eature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yeXJB...eature=related
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Old 02-19-2011, 01:13 AM
 
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Excellent find....

Reading up on the Prinz Eugan I have to say she was the toughest ship afloat.
We sailed her over to the Bikini nuclear test site, exploded the bomb and she was
still afloat.... The finally had to scuttled her....

To all the sailors in all the worlds Navies I salute them for their courage and valor.
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Old 02-19-2011, 08:17 AM
 
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To all the sailors in all the worlds Navies I salute them for their courage and valor.
I'll second that !!
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