November 18, 2013

Mystery Ship XXV Demystified


Meet the USS Electrician.  Built in the first quarter of the 1900s at what is now called Naval Station Norfolk, she was a 3/4-scale model of a Pennsylvania-class battleship.  While made of wood, she was more-or-less fully outfitted as a training unit for NSN's electrician's school... the class of 1921 is seen above.  The guns weren't real though, probably much to the relief of Norfolk.

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This photo really got me this time.  I did suspect it was a replica of a battleship, because it had cage masts, triple turrets, and a single funnel (Armored cruisers, which also had cage masts, lacked the triple turrets and had multiple funnels.), but it looked too late and was too different to be the Recruit, and I do not recall seeing a replica of a Pennsylvania or New Mexico class before (The replica could not have fitted Tennessee or later classes.).

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at November 18, 2013 11:35 PM (71STu)

2 The portholes should have been a give-away. No warship has portholes like that.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at November 19, 2013 05:38 AM (+rSRq)

3 Maybe not that big, but plenty of warships have portholes like that... even the actual USS Pennsylvania.

Posted by: Wonderduck at November 19, 2013 07:27 AM (Izt1u)

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 There are enough references to warships getting plates welded over some of their portholes once the fit has hit the shan or is about to, to see that designers give even combat ships lots of portholes (Makes ventiliation and air circulation easier, especially if the ship is going to be operating in hot weather climes.).

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at November 19, 2013 07:05 PM (6MXB5)

5 JCarlton, this is for you... again.  Don't post raw URLs in your comments.

This is the second time in a week I've had to do this.  Don't give me reason to do it a third, please.

Posted by: Wonderduck at November 19, 2013 08:14 PM (Izt1u)

6 I've always thought the tripod masts with the little castles on top looked cool.

Posted by: RickC at November 20, 2013 02:05 PM (A9FNw)

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