There are very few things more impressive than the Iowa Class battleships. They were the pinnacle of the gun at sea at the same time the gun as main weapon was more or less obsolete.
I was digging through my library for blogfodder and I came upon this book about ship fitting.
I was going to post about how ships were designed and built when I realized that in some ways the book was a building diary for the SS America, built at Newport News Shipbuilding just before WW2.
Taking the lines off the model
Starting the frames and plating.
Adding bulkheads and superstructure
Preparation for launch.
And delivery to the owners.
A video on the ship’s timeline
Fairly recent article from the Newport news Daily Press.
British Pathe news service on the launch
The US has, by and large, given up on shipbuilding. Which is sad because the rest of the world uses the techniques in this video.
Somehow the greatest generations didn’t seem to function with the same limitations that we have to live with.
The SS United States.
I was stunned one night when I got lost in Philadelphia and encountered her moored at her pier. I think that she would make a perfect addition to the NYC waterfront as a restaurant and large hotel, perhaps right next to the Javitts Center at her old pier. The cover photo was taken by my grandfather on a trip to NYC in 1961
things seem to have turned dicey for this great ship
This ship should be saved.
The USS Independence. The first of a class of light carriers built on cruiser hulls to fill the gap in carrier construction. Served in the Pacific through the war and then was nuked at Bikini during Able and Baker. Brought to San Francisco for evaluation and then scuttled, probably because of radiation issues. In remarkably good shape on the bottom.
The North Sea, in addition to being am oilfield, is a major shipping lane and fishing bank. That means that old oil rigs that have played out need to be removed as navigation and environmental hazards. This is the ship that does that job.
Launching a 5000 ton barge with inflated rollers.