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Re: Liberty Ship Armament Question
I think Fran has described the armament evolution very accurately from what I remember. The first Liberty ship I served on was the Edwin M. Stanton, and it had a 5 inch 51 stern gun, but otherwise had the latest group of other guns. The old 5/51 used powder bags and not a single-piece shell as used in the 5/38. I'm wondering if the 4/50 also used powder bags. As I recall, the Stephen Hopkins used a 4/50 to sink a German raider before it went down itself.