Navy Yard in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The nine projectiles in groups of three shown here represent the payload of one full broadside from one battleship; three turrets with three guns each, firing a total weight of up to 24,300 lbs. On projectile can penetrate 30 feet of concrete and create a crater 50 feet wide and 20 feet deep. Pictured is the Iowa firing a broadside of all nine guns.
Weight of projectile: From 1,900 to over 2,700 lbs depending on type of projectile ("Armor Piercing", "High Capacity" - such as these on display - "Target Practice", etc).
16-inch/50 Caliber gun Maximum Range: 41,622 yards at 2,690 feet per second.
Location. 38° 52.476′ N, 76° 59.836′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Isaac Hull Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located on a walkway beside the parking garage on the Washington Navy Yard. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within The Leg of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren (within shouting distance of this marker); "4-in. 40 caliber rifles" (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frank W. Crilley Building (about 600 feet away); Naval Historical Foundation (about 700 feet away); Navy Department Library (about 700 feet away); Washington Navy Yard Chapel (about 700 feet away); The Center for Naval History - The Navy Museum (about 700 feet away); USS Balao (SS-285) (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Navy Yard.
Also see . . .
1. 16-inch/50-caliber Mark 7 Guns. Detailed look at the guns which fired these projectiles. (Submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. 16-inch Mark 7 Naval Gun. More information about the guns, including many photos showing loading and handling of the projectiles. (Submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. Firing a 16-in Gun. Video of an Iowa-class battleship firing the 16-inch guns. (Submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, World II •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,306 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017.