Re: PRR gun flats

Anthony Thompson <thompson@...>

Bruce Smith wrote:
Refits for the Pacific fleet battleships appear to have occurred most commonly at Bremerton, but
also may have been performed at San Francisco, hence these facilities would need to receive barrels from the storage depots on a regular basis.
Hunters Point, San Francisco, had a crane capable of removing complete turrets from Iowa class battleships. Of course there could be many maintenance reasons for doing so, but changing barrels could have been one.
Bruce has a copy of the SP company photo showing a gun barrel on the Watervliet flat car, somewhere on the SP, which the SP described as a barrel for shore defense. Whether it was such a barrel, I don't know.

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