: When IRON DUKE was bombed in Scapa Flow, she
: still carried a twin 13.5" turret in
: "X" position. Whether she
: actually sank is (pedantically) dependent
: upon definitions - she was deliberately
: beached, to prevent her going to the bottom
: of the Flow.
: There are several photos showing her in the
: Flow - eg
: (at this point the 5.25" turret had
: been removed, but its supporting structure
: was still in place) and a better view of the
: twin 5.25" mounting (fitted on
: "Y" barbette for trials purposes)
: in a photo taken in Weymouth Bay at
: http://i.imgur.com/Y1Y2bR9.jpg . There is a
: photo of her later in the war, after various
: AA weapons and directors were fitted, in R A
: Burt British Battleships 1919-1939 (Arms
: & Armour Press, 1993). Weapons appear
: to include a multiple 2pdr mounting on the
: quarterdeck, UP mountings on "Y"
: barbette and "X" turret and
: unidentified weapons on the after
: superstructure, plus and HA.DCT also on the
: after superstructure.
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: Does anyone have a photo or even drawings of
: HMS IRON DUKE as gunnery training ship ca.
: 1939 with a twin dual-purpose gun mount atop
: the former X-turret barbette aft? I'm trying
: to find out what mounting that was, ii.e.
: 4.5-in. or 5.25-in. and also what other
: light weapons the ship may have been
: carrying when she was sunk in Scapa Flow.
: THere's a new 1250-scale model of the ship
: from Neptun in the training ship
: configuration, and I'm trying to decide
: whether to buy one (at a cost equivalent to
: a month's worth of Stauffer's frozen
: dinners). Thanks much,