Re: [PRR] Re: Re: Guns for the 30' gun flats.

Richard Townsend

I haven't seen the photo, and I don't want to call anyone's perception into doubt, but don't forget that the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground is located just northeast of Baltimore. My father-in-law worked there during the war and he told me about how they cast large rifled cannons in trenches they dug into the ground there (they were too big to cast indoors, he said. Don't know what they were, and I am well aware that the army is not the navy (coming from a solid Navy family), but it could be that they were moving something from Aberdeen.

P.S. I am reporting what I was told by my father-in-law. I have not checked check the truth of his statements, and no longer is around for me to ask.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon

Bruce Smith <smithbf@...> wrote:


Close... but while the "P" is subject to interpretation, and the "E" is
completely blocked by a catenary pole, the "RRY" is clear as can be
meaning it can't be "HENRY". �Bummer!

Baltimore would be an interesting location. �I'm still chasing the
information down, but it appears that Watervliet Arsenal south of
Albany NY was the possible site of manufacture for these guns. �The
Iowa class BBs were all built in New York (no PRR connection) or
Philadelphia Naval Yard (no Baltimore transit). �The other possibility
is that the rifles are 16"/45 caliber guns for the South Dakota, built
at Camden NJ, or the South Dakota class Indiana or Alabama, built at
Newport News and Norfolk Navy Yard respectively, or the North Carolina
class ship Washington, built at the Philadelphia Navy Yard at around
this time.

Happy Rails

Bruce F. Smith V.M.D., Ph.D.
Scott-Ritchey Research Center
334-844-5587, 334-844-5850 (fax)

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Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, Oregon

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