Re: Coating Mag with Linseed oil
On Aug 1, 4:15 pm, "Jim B." <Monster...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Richard, I have stood on the deck of New Jersey, and I can tell you
that it is neither 4" thick not varnished or Teak Oiled. It is scubbed
by it's crew weekly, is an anti-slip footing material over a steel
deck somewhere around 16" inches thick. (You can google for the
details.) For me it was hard to compreend when they retired all of
the Iowa class battleships. While a somewhat dated ship, thir presance
in the waters off a country consitituted absolute intimidation.
Hmm I googled it, Can Anyone guess what it said? Somethin about Teak
On top of about 6 inches of armor plate in three layers. Im surprised
I know How to read let alone work a computer or build fireworks
without a PhD. or 50 years of fireworks experience.
Jim, whatever than means. Some sort of a dig I imagine.
Ever try to run on the wet steel deck of a warship? I have.
Ever been aboard an active durty Iowa Class battleship. I have.
Perhaps when you have had a long lifetime of interesting experiences,
you will have similar things that you will fondly recall.
Working years for firms like Raytheon help give you this
experience...since when you are a professional with an aerospace firm,
you have to put in quite a bit of field time, since the new systems
don't integrate and test themselves.
I personally doubt that the teak decking on the Iowa Class actually
had anything to do with sparks, since most other earlier and later
warships lacked them, and sometime handled more or equivalently
dangerous ordnance. The primary differnce is that on a battleship, you
have to run for greater distances on deck than on smaller craft. Out
of curiousity, what is the flight deck of an aircraft carrier? I
never had the pleasure of being on one of those big guys. I believe it
is wood, but I'm not sure.
Now getting back to the Iowa class, their historic primary armament is
their 16" guns. The munitions used by these monster guns consist of 3
parts, all of which are loaded on the the ship while docked, using
special handling equipment. The projectiles are loaded, weigh in at a
ballpark weight of approximately 1-ton or more, but the fuze/detonator
mechanism is not attached until immediatly prior to loading into the
breach of the rifle, using a device that sets the detonation
properties of the shell. The second component is bagged, large grain
powder (impressively large grains) contained in cloth bags. The target
range being fired upon is employed to demine the number of bags rammed
into the breach behinnd the projectile. The final powder component is
an ignition primer, whichs has the appearance of a black pancake that
has a sticky surface on one side, and is attached to the last powder
Finally, what is essentially an electric squib is installed into the
breach block immediately, normally before it is closed.
Each of these components is relatively inert in itself, which is why
most people believe that the turret exposion on the Iowa was not an
There is some amazing information available on Wikipedia, but not
alway totally trustworthy because they are largely written by
volenteers, sometimes with no actuall experience in the subject on
which they are contributing. Still, they seem to get it correct maybe
80% of the time.
Just as a souvenir, I purchased a copy of the US Naval Institute's
book on the Iowa class battleships. I believe most people would
consider Annapolis to be a somewhat credible source. When I find it,
if anyone is interested, I'll post their explanation of the original
reason for the teak deck surfaces.
By the way, the one error that I posted was that the New Jersey and
Iowa were equiped with vertical lauch missle systems (VLS) They
weren't. They were outfitted with Armor Box Launchers (ABL). The VLS
system came later on Aegis Class Cruisers and guided missile
destroyers of the Spruance class, which also sported ABLs.
Just so readers comprehend the awesum destruction capability of these
ships, just the VLS system alone typically contains 64 lauch tubes.
Were each of these tubes to be loaded with Tomahawk land attack
missile containing a W-80 nuclear warhead (called a TLAN) with a dial-
a-yield up to 180-Kt each, one small destroyer of the Spruance class,
has the capacity to eliminate any middle eastern country (or
elsewhere) with a single 10-minite attack launced at a distance of
This is likely why we retired all the Iowa Class battleships, since
technology had obsoleted their usefulness.
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