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Reply #735 on: October 14, 2019, 05:38:01 PM
USS Nevada (BB-36) wearing her last paint job. Designated as the target ship for "Able" test, she was painted a bright red color to help distinguish her from the other ships. Her color was supposed to allow the bombardier to accurately drop the nuke on her.

However, the bomb was off by 1700 yards and Nevada survived. The second test, "Baker" detonated another nuclear bomb underneath the water. Nevada was damaged, but survived again.

She was then towed to Pearl Harbor to be thoroughly examined and then decommissioned. After this, she was expended as a target. The battleship Iowa (BB-61) and two other warships pummeled Nevada for over an hour. However, Nevada still tenaciously refused to sink. Finally, a torpedo was used to send her to the bottom.

Despite Pearl Harbor, two nuclear bombs, and a bombardment by other battleships, Nevada would not go down quietly.

Now, here's one for the braintrust, an old sea story:
there is a possibility that when she was finally sunk, she may have been sunk with a fortune in silver in her engine room. It was placed there during her rebuild after Pearl Harbor, to replace her corroded copper electrical bus bars, as at the time, copper was in critically short supply. As such, the navy withdrew some two million dollars (in 1942 money) of silver bullion from the US Mint, and had it melted down and rolled out into bus bars. They were then painted to conceal their nature from most of the crew. The chief engineer was given the task of inspecting them frequently to make sure people were not "scraping off a poke for shore leave". However, there was no mention of their recovery prior to the atomic bomb tests...in fact, except for the paint, most everything was left in working condition to judge the overall effect of the bombs on the ship (should she survive). The entire ship was flooded by the wave that engulfed her after the first blast, so if the bars were still present, they would have been too contaminated to recover afterward. It is also possible that they were forgotten about entirely. Sadly, at this point, we will never know, as she sits in some 2 miles of water off Hawaii, and the bus bars would be in the deepest bowels of the ship.
The other question is, if the silver was taken off, was it returned to the Mint?
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"We've got the torpedo damage temporarily shored up, the fires out and soon will have the ship back on an even keel. But I would suggest, sir, that if you have to take any more torpedoes, you take 'em on the starboard side."   Pops Healy, DCA USS Lexington.


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Reply #736 on: October 14, 2019, 05:46:11 PM
Awesome - thanks for posting that  :bigthumb:

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Reply #737 on: October 15, 2019, 08:31:42 AM
That will leave a mark.
A little wire brush, a little red lead...

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Reply #738 on: October 15, 2019, 12:16:16 PM
Must have been my Ex-Wife. She used to park the car the same way.

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Reply #739 on: October 15, 2019, 07:28:05 PM
That's what you get when you try to use a regular size launch rail with a jumboship.

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Reply #740 on: October 15, 2019, 11:27:22 PM
Monday at the Homer Simpson Shipyard.  :doh:

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Reply #741 on: October 16, 2019, 12:35:25 PM
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Reply #742 on: October 16, 2019, 12:36:27 PM
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Reply #743 on: October 16, 2019, 12:37:52 PM
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Reply #744 on: October 16, 2019, 12:42:16 PM
Someone has an, 'Asian Fetish' going on today.  :-X

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Reply #745 on: October 16, 2019, 03:11:59 PM
 The battleship California was launched at Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo in 1919. The ship failed to stop in the channel and continued across coming to rest in the mud on the Vallejo side, smashing into a dock before stopping.
There were young boys on the pilings, watching the launch.  Seeing the hull bearing down on them, they leaped into the water ahead of the collision.
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"We've got the torpedo damage temporarily shored up, the fires out and soon will have the ship back on an even keel. But I would suggest, sir, that if you have to take any more torpedoes, you take 'em on the starboard side."   Pops Healy, DCA USS Lexington.


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Reply #746 on: October 16, 2019, 03:21:23 PM
That sounds like California all right.  :hehe:

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Reply #747 on: October 17, 2019, 07:59:09 AM

"These things must be done delicately-- or you hurt the spell."  - The Wicked Witch of the West.
"We've got the torpedo damage temporarily shored up, the fires out and soon will have the ship back on an even keel. But I would suggest, sir, that if you have to take any more torpedoes, you take 'em on the starboard side."   Pops Healy, DCA USS Lexington.


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Reply #748 on: October 17, 2019, 08:01:10 AM
They wont patch that with fibreglass and duct tape!

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Reply #749 on: October 17, 2019, 08:07:27 AM
enough duct tape and blue plastic tarps will fix anything

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