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War game-10 in. gun practice- SEATTLE (LOC)

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Bain News Service,, publisher.

War game-10 in. gun practice- SEATTLE

[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

Title from data provided by the Bain News Service on the negative.
Photo shows the USS Washington which was renamed the Seattle in Nov. 1916. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2010)
Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

General information about the Bain Collection is available at hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

Higher resolution image is available (Persistent URL): hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09615

Call Number: LC-B2- 2271-7

Lovepumpkin, gennaro_vicenti, Tro8, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. Kilted Cowboy 73 months ago | reply

    the reason the Washington is crossed out is this ship was originally the Washington. On 9 November 1916, Washington was renamed Seattle (retaining her classification as Armored Cruiser No. 11). She was simultaneously taken out of reserve and recommissioned for duty as flagship of the Destroyer Force.
    She was probably renamed as the was a Battleship planned named Washington which was later scrapped under the 1922 Naval treaty.

    her long story is here

  2. technogeo 68 months ago | reply

    What are the things attached to the gun barrels with leather straps? Would they stay in place when the gun was fired?

  3. Kilted Cowboy 68 months ago | reply

    I don't think those are leather, I think they are metal claps, they seem to be holding a mirror for the gun layers or sight setters.

    the rear "rings" are part of the barrel. Here is a very detailed description of how the guns are manufactured

  4. technogeo 68 months ago | reply

    The super hi-res version of this image and the others in the Seattle series show stitching on the straps. Metal clamps probably would have damaged the surface of the guns (and they loved these things too much to damage them).

    I thought the barrels were built up with telescoped sections at first, too, but the other images show they're one piece from end to end. The shadows of the straps play tricks on us.

    This image shows the shadows being cast on the opposite side of the straps.

    Every strap can also be followed to a fitting somewhere on the barrel.

  5. FrigateRN 44 months ago | reply

    Very interesting picture and the commentaries do let us know what exactly is going on, thank you all.

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