Battlewagons

Red Turrets on the USS Arizona (BB-39)?

USS Arizona (BB-39) with red turrets at Pearl Harbor

Murdoc came across this at some point but never linked. New USS Arizona model shows blue paint scheme Craftsman Don Preul, determined to create the world’s most accurate representation of the warship, conferred with Park Service historian Dan Martinez on the proper colors. Research was difficult because most of the ship’s records had been destroyed […]

Battlewagon Wednesday – 30 Sep 2009

USS Missouri heading to shipyard for makeover The 65-year-old ship is in good shape, but it still needs to go to Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard for repairs because rust is protruding from peeling paint in areas and the teak wood deck is warped and bent in others. The ship’s exterior is due to be sanded […]

Battlewagon Wednesday – 12 Aug 2009

USS North Carolina visitors up 12.3% The North Carolina Zoo, state aquariums and the Battleship North Carolina all beat last year’s numbers for the month. “It’s very affordable and we’re not far away,” said Heather Loftin, with the Battleship North Carolina. Most attractions that saw the bump are only a day trip for most in […]

Battlewagon Wednesday – 17 Jun 2009

‘I sank the Bismarck but only found out 59 years later': British pilot learns of his place in history: Swordfish pilot who hit the Bismark’s rudder only found out it was him in 2000. Not really sure how this could have been a mystery for so long. Group set to salvage parts of battleship Yamato […]

Battlewagon Wednesday – 04 Feb 2009

This post went live a bit earlier but was incomplete. I pulled it until I could get more battlewagons into it. My apologies. A previous edition of Battlewagon Wednesday linked to a skateboarding event held aboard USS North Carolina (BB 55). It seems that not everyone thought that the event was appropriate: Battleship skaters an […]

Battlewagon Wednesday

USS California (BB 44) Class: Tennessee Laid Down: Oct. 25, 1916 Launched: Nov. 20, 1919 Commissioned: Aug. 10, 1921 Displacement: 32,300 tons (40,950 after refit) Length: 624.5 feet Beam: 97.3 feet Draft: 30.3 feet Speed: 21 knots Complement: 57 officers, 1026 men Armament:    12× 14-inch (356 mm) guns    14× 5-inch (127 mm) guns    4× 3-inch […]