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Did you Know the North Carolina-class Battleships had Remotely Controlled Search Lamps?

I, for one, did not. Not bad for a circa 1937 battlewagon.

Ryan Szimanski, the curator for Battleship New Jersey, is on the road and has a great installment on search lamps and star shells from the deck of USS North Carolina (BB-55), below.

Enjoy!

New Jersey gets her barrels back

New Jersey just received three of her historic 16-inch gun barrels that have been stored at Norfolk for more than a half-century.

The 16-inch/50-caliber Mark 7 guns, each weighing 237,000-pounds, were first installed on the USS New Jersey when she was built at the  Philadelphia Navy Yard in the 1940s. While she used them to good effect in the Pacific and off Korea, the worn barrels were replaced by new tubes, which the battleship still has, and the old wartime vintage barrels placed in storage at Norfolk Naval Shipyard’s St. Juliens Creek Annex for the past 60 years. Now, after a $200,000 fundraiser to move three of the 66-foot long guns from Virginia to Camden, New Jersey, the old battleship has some of her original teeth back.