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16-inch Projectiles

 
 
16-inch Projectiles Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 10, 2010
1. 16-inch Projectiles Marker
Inscription. These projectiles were fired from the largest guns used by the U.S. Navy, specifically the 16-inch/50 caliber guns on the Iowa-class battleships. These ships were the USS Iowa (BB61), USS New Jersey (BB62), USS Missouri (BB63), and USS Wisconsin (BB64) built between 1940 and 1944.

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. Touch 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
16-inch Projectiles and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 10, 2010
2. 16-inch Projectiles and Marker
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); 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). 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.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Another Set of Projectiles image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, April 10, 2010
3. Another Set of Projectiles
One of three sets of three.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,338 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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