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Viewing Battleship memorials using Google Earth

Postby BuShips » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:01 pm

Here is a view of the US Battleship Alabama, BB-60. It is located in Mobile, Alabama. Let's see others here contributing overhead views of the world's warships, as it would be fun. I'd like to see views from all over the world, but I suppose most will be of USN assets due to that being most of what is still viewable. For example, two of the four South Dakota class were saved as memorials/museum ships.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&s ... 9&t=k&om=1

Is this fun, or what??? :D
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Postby BuShips » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:10 pm

Here is the USS Arizona and USS Missouri, friends!

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&z=18&ll ... 6&t=h&om=1

Even though for me it was perfectly centered, you might need to drag the picture around a bit to recenter it over both ships.
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Postby BuShips » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:14 pm

Now here I'll make this a bit of a trivia test for you. What battleship is this, perchance? I know, but do you? :wink:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=h&om= ... 1,0.006706
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Postby BuShips » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:20 pm

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=h&om= ... 7,0.003353

This is the USS North Carolina memorial. I just wish they would have done something like this with the USS Washington, as that ship had a much richer history (not meant to take away from any N.Carolina fans out there, of course). :wink: The USS Washington and USS Enterprise deserved a better fate than that of becoming razor blades :cry: .
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Postby BuShips » Sat Nov 04, 2006 10:41 pm

I'm afraid this is much too fun, and the list is shrinking fast, friends. Here is the Mikasa, flagship of Admiral Togo in the battle of Tsushima in 1905. Next even though it's not a battleship, the cruiser Belfast should be included as well.

Mikasa:
http://perljam.net/google-satellite-map ... hip_Mikasa

HMS Belfast
http://maps.google.com/maps?t=k&hl=en&i ... 06706&om=1
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Postby Reaverman » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:23 pm

WOW..this is like spying, I mean there are subs and all sorts here....before anyone puts their penny in...yes I know it public domain, and yes I know it might be from images 6-18 months ago :P!
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:05 am

Here is a grand old Lady- the USS Texas. Setting aside the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides) and the USS Olympia, it's probably the oldest United States warship memorial/musuem ship the US has, scrapping most of her contemporaries or sinking them as targets. USS Texas was a contemporary of HMS Dreadnought, armed with 10-14" guns. When commissioned in 1914, she was the most powerful weapon in the world.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 3&t=k&om=1

Well, as I was trolling about Pittsburgh, USA looking for the old cruiser Olympia, look what I found! Another of the four Iowa class BBs, I'm guessing it is either New Jersey or Wisconsin. Although it could be Iowa, it (had a damaged turret), it would be hard to tell. Plus this picture could be a year old as I don't know how often the maps get updated. Still, to find another Iowa class was fun!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 4&t=k&om=1

Ah, here is the old Olympia.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 4,0.004227

It looks like it's next to a tall ship, andalso a submarine. The sub looks like a WW2 fleet sub, maybe Gato class. Let's see what the web says about it (back in a sec!, lol).....

OK, it is a Balao class WW2 sub (an improved Gato class).

OK, this one is for Mr Evil, as he very much likes the Russians.

This is the first rate cruiser Aurora, and is in St. Petersburg, Russia. She's a beautiful ship, and is a contemporary of the USS Olympia. She was at the Battle of Tsushima Straits in 1905, and I'm glad she survived that as well as several world wars to be viewable today. Well, she was bombed and sunk in 1944 :cry: , but she sure doesn't show it! Like I said, she is a beautiful ship (best viewed from her side, that is).

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... iwloc=addr

Like viewing the other ships, you might need to drag the image to center it. When I "took the picture" it was centered.
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:07 am

katadder wrote:not a battleship but lots of ships:

http://perljam.net/google-satellite-map ... _Ark_Royal


and just cos we have to:

http://perljam.net/google-satellite-map ... MS_Victory
Yeah, I already did the Belfast, but I knew some chap would slip in the HMS Victory and that's just fine by me! :D
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:10 am

Reaverman wrote:WOW..this is like spying, I mean there are subs and all sorts here....before anyone puts their penny in...yes I know it public domain, and yes I know it might be from images 6-18 months ago :P!
Reaverman, are you seeing these alright? I mean, do you find you have to re-center the images? Here is one site that serves as a beginning point of reference if you want to dig up your own submissions here. It's great fun! :lol:

http://www.hnsa.org/index.htm
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:17 am

To distance a bit from the US dominance in museum ships, here is another beautiful ship, and one I didn't know about! Georgios Averoff was an armoured cruiser, and was around in WW2 so it would work for a scenario. Here is the info site and then I'll try to locate her! (yay!)

http://www.hnsa.org/ships/averoff.htm

Heh, I found her! She's a great find, and I wish I could fly there right now and walk her decks!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 4&t=k&om=1
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Postby Chernobyl » Sun Nov 05, 2006 1:32 am

I believe the Iowa is currently in Suisan bay near San Fransisco.
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:23 am

Yes, I'm having fun! And you should too before I find them all, heh. For my Canadian friends, here you will find the world's last Flower class Corvette, HMCS SACKVILLE (K-181).

http://www.hnsa.org/ships/sackville.htm

Here it is! Muahahaha!!


http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 4&t=k&om=1

This took me a bit longer to find, but I've referenced the museum location to the sat-map, and they synchronise well. As this is a small ship, it was harder to locate and didn't look as militarised from the top view. If you switch to the map view you'll indeed find "Sackville St."
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:33 am

Chernobyl wrote:I believe the Iowa is currently in Suisan bay near San Fransisco.
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I'm betting what I found was the New Jersey, as the Wisconsin is in Norfolk. With you accounting for the Iowa, that leave just one ship it could be. I wonder how old this Google map is?
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:36 am

Now if the Flower-class Corvette wasn't hard enough to find, how about this? This is about as small as they get! There are a few PT Boats (or MTBs as many of you know them as) that have been restored, but there are just maybe only one or two USN "Patrol Boat, Torpedo" that have been restored to operational status, and one (or all?) of them is PT-658. There were many more Elco-made 80' boats than were ever built by Higgins, but this 78-footer was made by the same famous builder as who built the "Higgins" landing craft that were used all over the world. I had a good hint where the boat was docked at, because I was once talking with one of the PT Boat veterans that restored it. I had the chance to visit it last summer while it was on the Columbia River within about 20 miles of where I live. It is normally stored at the Naval & Marine Corps Reserve Center at Swan Island, Oregon, USA. With that as a starting point and the address of the Reserve Center found using Mapquest, I was able to find that little 78-foot MTB on Google World! Downright scary... :shock: . Do you see it? It's in Navy Gray (or Grey if you prefer) and no, I'm not standing on the deck there, waving. Besides if I was, I might not be exactly "waving"... :wink: .



http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 9&t=k&om=1

http://www.hnsa.org/ships/pt658.htm

USN PT boats (I've always thought of MTBs as a British term, heh) were a very good investment, from spiriting General MacArthur away to Australia for his eventual return to the Philippines to harassing the Imperial Japanese Navy so much that they were called Devil Boats by their tormented enemies.
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Postby BuShips » Sun Nov 05, 2006 6:31 am

OK I'm winding this down for now, ending with the US Heavy Cruiser Salem, CA-139. Although the ship was launched in 1947 after WW2 ended, you would not want to be at the other end of its guns in a what-if cruiser scenario! The ship was completed with nine 8"/55 cal. guns which incorporated a new design goal. The main battery of nine 8-inch guns were loaded automatically from the ammunition handling rooms to the gun muzzles. They were capable of firing at a rate nearly four times faster than any others of the same or larger caliber. At almost 22,000 tons, this cruiser would have been considered in another time by another name: dreadnought... :shock:

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q ... 4&t=k&om=1

The purpose of the fast-firing 8" guns was that in WW2 only guns up to 6" in size by various nations had automated loading machinery. Success in the early part of the war by the Japanese in doing well with their fast-firing 6" gunned ships made this ship the answer to that "little problem". These ships are the largest conventional cruisers constructed by any navy.
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Postby Uriel Ventis » Sun Nov 05, 2006 8:56 am

Now here I'll make this a bit of a trivia test for you. What battleship is this, perchance? I know, but do you?

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=h&om= ... 1,0.006706
Is it the Utah ?

Search in the Norfolk harbour , you can find a lot of aircraft carrier.
In Murmansk you can find the Kusnetsov.
And a lot of other thing
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Postby Reaverman » Sun Nov 05, 2006 12:04 pm

BuShips wrote:
Reaverman wrote:WOW..this is like spying, I mean there are subs and all sorts here....before anyone puts their penny in...yes I know it public domain, and yes I know it might be from images 6-18 months ago :P!
Reaverman, are you seeing these alright? I mean, do you find you have to re-center the images? Here is one site that serves as a beginning point of reference if you want to dig up your own submissions here. It's great fun! :lol:

http://www.hnsa.org/index.htm
Oh yeah I found them, but you can also wander around the ship yard find other things like Subs in dock :D
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Postby Chernobyl » Sun Nov 05, 2006 4:11 pm

BuShips wrote:
Chernobyl wrote:I believe the Iowa is currently in Suisan bay near San Fransisco.
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I'm betting what I found was the New Jersey, as the Wisconsin is in Norfolk. With you accounting for the Iowa, that leave just one ship it could be. I wonder how old this Google map is?
The google map tool uses commercialy available photos from all kinds of different sources. Its probably with ships that have been moved around in recent years (like the Iowa-class) that you'll find pictures of them in 2 different places. I think it was the Iowa in Philly for several years. The New Jersey is currently Is on display in the state of New Jersey somewere I believe. Wikipedia or global security will probably have the current disposition of the ships you're looking for.

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Postby oggie x » Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:14 pm

Bu Ships is it by any chance the Utah?

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