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KEYSTONE BATTLESHIP: USS PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38). She had twelve 14-inch guns which could throw a 14-inch, 1,400 lb projective over 10 miles This fine pictorial history of the Pennsylvania includes many photos and supporting nar

Click to EnlargeKEYSTONE BATTLESHIP: USS PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38). When "Pennsy" was commissioned in 1916, she was a powerful battleship ahead of her time. She had oil-fired boilers driving four sets of geared turbines, a top speed of 21 knots, and a steaming range of 4,000 miles. She had twelve 14-inch/45 calibre guns which could throw a 14-inch, 1,400 lb projective over 10 miles, and she had an average rate of fire of 1.5 rounds per minute! Arguably the world's most powerful warship, "Pennsy" had to watch World War One from the sidelines because the U.S. had no fleet tankers or oil depots in Europe for supporting her thirst for fuel oil. This fine pictorial history of the Pennsylvania includes many photos and narrative to record the many structural and equipment she would receive in her long active life with the Fleet. In drydock at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the drydock caisson absorbed the blows of the Japanese torpedoes to prevent fatal damage to Pennsylvania. Anchored at Okinawa during the final days of the war, she received her worst damage from an aerial torpedo. Students of Naval history need this book to make their libraries complete. It is an outstanding little book about an outstanding great ship.

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