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HMS Orion 1913 Gun Loading Time
I have a private photo of A turret gun crew of HMS Orion taken in 1913 with a chalk board in front of this group claiming 8 rounds, 8 hits in 2 minutes and 8 seconds. If the claim is true, it would appear safety procedures must have been ignored to achieve these results even before the war started.
the British battlecruiser losses at Jutland were mostly due to some captains trying to increase the speed of firing and not obeying the anti flash measures!
speed of firing is not everything! speed is fine , accuracy is final!
Does anyone know of a source giving comparative loading times for various battleship guns in the real world.
The claim is that the Iowas could reload in 30 seconds. This is a video showing a reloading that takes over a minute.
In this video it's done in about 40 seconds.
I saw another video showing the movement of projectiles into the hoist in an Iowa class. The process was unbelievably fast. One guy would throw a rope over the projectile and other would tighten the rope around the gypsy head and it would go right into the hoist so fast it was hard to believe. Then the storage ring would move and the process repeats.
Of course, once the inner projectile ring is exhausted things must slow down a lot.
This video shows shell handling on Rodney and there is much more movement (and clearly a much slower process) than on an Iowa.
I was wondering if there was a comparative loading time document out there somewhere.
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