Re: Flatcar Load: Conning Tower Tube
Armored conning towers were not restricted to US battleships. According to U.S. Cruisers An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman, the later Cleveland class light cruisers had conning towers with armor thickness tapering from 5” at the bottom to 2.25” at the top and the Baltimore class heavy cruisers had conning towers with armor thickness tapering from 6” at the bottom to 3” at the top. Ships of both classes were under construction at East Coast shipyards in October 1943, the date of the photo in question.
Silver Spring, MD
From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of Ralph W. Brown
Sent: Monday, October 1, 2018 8:42 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Flatcar Load: Conning Tower Tube
Hi Fenton, Bruce, et al.,
Regarding the load, there are three drawings, including a longitudinal section, of the Missouri on the Missouri Memorial website. The longitudinal section drawing may be found here: https://ussmissouri.org/learn-the-history/the-ship/as-built-blueprints. If one examines this drawing, a tube labeled “Conning Tower Tube” runs vertically five decks from one deck below the main deck up to the O4 deck to the “Ship Conning Station” and the “Fire Control Station” above it. I suspect that this F22 load is the bottom section of that tube.