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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2020 12:39 pm 
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New question:

California (and Tennesse) have readily apparent 3" ready ammo lockers in the vicinity of the aft 3"AA tub. It's not so apparent for West Virginia. The few photos of this area are all post December7th, and no locker is apparent in the same location, nor anywhere else.

Does anyone have better information, thoughts, conjecture? I do wonder if the force of two torpedo hits under WeeVee's 3" tub might have dislocated the locker, or it was removed post attack to aid in clean-up.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:10 am 
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Bump. Any thoughts, anyone?


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:35 am 
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Dan,

That's a great question. Been looking through my archives and going through the salvage report, but alas nothing definitive. I used my high res copy of the image you posted to zoom in-

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The lockers if in the same location as TN and CA should show above water still if they were there. What is interesting is there does indeed seem to be something mounted there or at least had been. Your theory about them being dislodged, while possible I do not feel that there was enough devastation to completely remove evidence of them from the area. Even if they had "Cooked Off" from the oil fires or the fires atop Turret 3, we would see more damage then just a couple of missing lockers.

This image of her refloated shows the area, but the gun tub is obstructing the base of the Projection Booth and obscuring any sight of the lockers. Does show the tub has being open backed however.
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My theory is that they are mounted on the Stern facing side of the Projection booth and just obscured by the tub in all the available images.

My $.02 before taxes...

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:25 pm 
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Hi Dan,
I also looked for any evidence of them but didn't find any yet. I did however start to wonder what the rounded bulges on the projector booth were. There is something attached to the bulge that is facing forward. Any ideas on that? I bet Matt could produce a 3D printed version of this booth complete with the loud speakers on top. Hint, hint!
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:48 pm 
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Thank you both for pondering this.

Matt's idea about the lockers being placed behind the tubs by the opening makes a lot of sense; even more sense then where these are placed on CA. I can go with that.

Jeff, do you mean at the base of the booth, fore and aft? Isn't that just the top of the vent,with the booth extending down around it? Or am I misunderstanding what you're indicating.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:55 am 
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Yes, you are exactly right about the vent. I completely wasn't thinking about a vent under the projector booth. :Oops_1:


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:49 am 
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Jeff Sharp wrote:
There is something attached to the bulge that is facing forward. Any ideas on that?


Looks like it's the movie screen frame without the canvas screen

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