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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World II.
Location. 38° 52.476′ N, 76° 59.836′ W. Marker is in Navy Yard in Washington, District of ColumbiaTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington Navy Yard DC 20374, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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); Functioning as a Union Stronghold (about 600 feet away); Serving as an Arsenal and Gun Factory (about 700 feet away); Teaching Sailors for the Fleet (about 700 feet away); Naval Historical Foundation (about 700 feet away); Navy Department Library (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,456 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.