U.S.S. Wisconsin

There is no way I could do justice to this ship with my photography skill. To see more, and better, shots of this famous ship visit these websites:
Missles Launches
Big Guns Firing

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The bow of the Wisconsin. From the dock to the top must be 3 to 5 stories.
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This ship is huge! I tried repeatedly to get a good overall image but failed. I have since learned how to create a panorama of several shots and hope to return and do so.
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Another overall view.
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The stern of the Wisconsin. There is a small white sign that warns small boats to "Keep Back 500 Feet" (I think that was the distance). If I saw this thing pass me I'd stay back a couple of miles.
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This is an overall view from the bow. It shows the teak decking and a portion of the anchor chain. Each link of the chain weighs 120 lbs. The weather was very changeable the day we visited first sunny then cloudy. The picture did not come out well
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This is taken from the aft deck helicopter pad and shows the number 3 turret, the skyline of downtown Norfolk and the beautiful teak deck beyond the helo pad which is made of a sort of rubber.
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The aft 16" Turret. The plugs with the red star on them keep the weather out of the "tube". They are called Tampons. When I was in the the 4th Inf Div in Vietnam we used similar devices made of plastic to keep the weather and dirt from fouling the barrel and flash surpressors of our rifles
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Turrets 1 & 2 from the bow. These guns fire a projectile that weighs in excess of 900 lbs. They are accurate to a distance of over 20 miles. The deck is covered with teak that was replace just before the Gulf War. Before the days of airconditioning the teak gave some protection to the lower decks from the heat the metal decking created. While in Vietnam, I saw a shell crater created by the similar gun on the U.S.S. New Jersey. You could have given a three bedroom house a decent burial in the hole.
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Brad is standing next to one of the four Tomahawk missile battaries. These cruise missiles were added about the time the Wisconsin returned to service for the Gulf War.
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In the foreground you can see a rack that points up at a 45 degree angle. This was another Gulf War addition. These are Harpoon surface to surface missile launchers. Forward a little you can see the two Starboard Tomahawk battaries.
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This photo from the visitor's gangway shows Turret 1 and the navigation bridge.
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This is the Starboard side of the Wisconsin and shows the five inch guns. Just beyond the most distant five inch gun is the only place the Wisconsin has ever suffered war damage. She suffer minor damage from shore guns during the Korean War.
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This is and the other interior photos were taken through the glass of the porthole or other window. The ship is still in the active reserve and is sealed against the weather. This is part of the fire control center.
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Again through a window. This is an officer's cabin.
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Some sort of office.
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A small office/meeting room.
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A lounge area. This is part of the Ward Room (officer's mess). The rest of the Ward Room can be seen through the pass through in the middle of the image.
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Another view of an officer's cabin.
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An officer's cabin. Note he rates his own personal sink. The reflections that show are from damage to the window/port. It appeared to have been chipped by either sand or small shrapnel. This was close to the area where the ship once was hit.
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This is the other side of the same room shown in Pic000018. It is the Officer's Wardroom (mess hall). This is the Starboard side.
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I don't know anything about this ship. It was tied up near the Wisconsin and had a sign that said to the effect: Do Not Enter Property of the Norfolk Juvenile Court. ????
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