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Could this tube have contained an elevator or other lift from the
magazines to the gun turrets?
On 10/5/18 3:09 PM, Daniel A. Mitchell
NO, the photo presented here does NOT match the tube shown on the
gun flat. Not even close. The actual "conning tower” described
here is much larger, three stories high, with 18” thick walls. Not
mentioned here, but it is also oval in cross section. This main
"conning tower”, by itself, would weigh several hundred tons.
Someone’s earlier suggestion that the tube shown on
the gun flat was a connecting tube joining the lower part of the
“conning tower” to the main armored citadel a few decks below
The thing shown on the flat is only (at most) nine
feet in diameter … with 18” thick walls that leaves only about
six feet of internal diameter, less any cabeling and piping
running through, plus a manway (ladder) of some kind … leaving
not enough space inside to do much of anything. Another problem
is that this tube, if 9' in diam. with a 6’ hole through it, and
perhaps 20 ft. long, would weigh almost 200 tons by itself. FAR
more than a single gun-flat could carry. The tube is just NOT
So, it might well be a lower connecting tube as
suggested, smaller in diameter and thinner of wall, but is
certainly NOT the actual "conning tower” of an Iowa battleship.
On Oct 5, 2018, at 11:59 AM, Matt Smith <flyn96@...