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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:29 am 
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Maybe Bremerton? Just a guess...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 12:32 pm 
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I'm going to guess Norfolk Navy Yard.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:45 pm 
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Brooklyn Naval Yard


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Deep from the depths of the internet, I found this fascinating shot of Langley in Dry Dock at Norfolk Navy Yard. I had never seen a picture of her with a circle on the flight deck. I know Lex and Sara had circles around 1930. I think the cruiser is Northampton Class, probably Huston or Augusta as they were the only Northamptons built in the area. Does anyone have any info on circles on flight decks?


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I have found one very poor quality image of LANGLEY with a circle on her flight deck. It's a post-conversion pic & said to have been taken in the summer of 1937. Not too definitive, however.


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Charybdis wrote:
Deep from the depths of the internet, I found this fascinating shot of Langley in Dry Dock at Norfolk Navy Yard. I had never seen a picture of her with a circle on the flight deck. I know Lex and Sara had circles around 1930. I think the cruiser is Northampton Class, probably Huston or Augusta as they were the only Northamptons built in the area. Does anyone have any info on circles on flight decks?


Definitely NOT Houston or Augusta, nor Chicago since the ship is a short forecastle Northampton class. That means Northampton, Chester or Louisville.

Probably Northampton (Bethlehem Steel Quincy Mass) or Chester (New York Shipbuilding Camden NJ) since Louisville was built at Puget Sound.Navy Yard. Unless the photo is actually at Puget Sound in early 1930.

By the way I like the discarded cage mast lying in the foreground of the photo. Which means this was most likely Norfolk Navy yard in Portsmouth, Va. since most the battleship reconstructions of the 1930’s were done there.

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Captain Morgan wrote:
Definitely NOT Houston or Augusta, nor Chicago since the ship is a short forecastle Northampton class. That means Northampton, Chester or Louisville.


Great observation. I've found a picture of Mississippi being reconstructed in the same dock. It's from the opposite angle and you can see the same cage masts and funnel. The photo is dated 24th June 1931. In my notes, I have Langley in the Norfolk area in Sept 1931 when she did the autogyro (Pitcairn XOP-1) tests. Her builders plans list a change being made to the drawings at Norfolk on 03 Sept 1931.

However, There's another photo of Mississippi in the same dock in October 1931. So was it before or after Mississippi was in there? Or was she moved out for Langley and put back? It's a conundrum but it must be 1931, surely.


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