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Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2018 9:32 a.m. PST

Found this short vid. while researching the SAW: interesting film of several USN ships.

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Ragbones23 Jan 2018 10:04 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting that. Don't know quite what it is but I love the look of the ships from that period.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

I agree. It might be because I toured the Olympia when I was a kid.

Col Durnford23 Jan 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

Same same. Maybe it's the painting color scheme. I was aboard the Olympia a few years ago. I'll take brass and velvet over steel and leather anytime.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2018 1:15 p.m. PST

Hopefully, the technique that Peter Jackson is developing for the WWI films can become common enough to be applied to these. I think the results would be amazing.

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Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP23 Jan 2018 2:13 p.m. PST


AussieAndy23 Jan 2018 8:36 p.m. PST

Thank you for sharing. It always astounds me just how quickly the technology developed in the second half of the nineteenth century, even without the impetus of a major naval war. Amazing that these ships are only 36 years after USS Monitor v CSS Virginia.

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 9:53 a.m. PST

Two things struck me about the footage.

First, the relative low freeboard of the battleships.

Second, the footage at about 4:00 of morning colors aboard USS Raleigh appears to be in backwards as one of the color party makes a rather snappy left-handed salute.

But a good find none the less.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP24 Jan 2018 12:17 p.m. PST

Jim: my thought exactly. Having held morning colors more times than I care to remember I caught that too!

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP25 Jan 2018 9:46 p.m. PST

The low freeboard maybe a holdover from the monitor designs.

StarCruiser10 Feb 2018 6:51 p.m. PST

Some of the images are inverted – hard to tell at first but, the left handed salute is a give away.

The Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon were the first true "Battleships" built for the US Navy and were low free-board ships since they were viewed as coastal defense ships:


They were rather slow but, the Oregon made a record trip from the west coast – all the way down the Pacific to Cape Horn and back up to join the Atlantic fleet. That trip helped get the Panama canal built. No one bothers to make such a long and dangerous trip 'round the horn anymore…

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