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Looking forward to the book - Visited her in 1968 in Philly & participated in exhibits at the museum
Photo 1968 at the Philly Navy Yard, just before she ;left for service off Vietnam.
3 days after she opened as a museum ship
As many of you know, I have been working on a book on the USS New Jersey for several years. This book will focus on the structure of the New Jersey in its final 1980's configuration. I am still going through the original blueprints that have survived. I have gone through the ship to correct the blueprints. If you have been on the ship recently and saw someone on his knees with a tape measure, that was me.
I could not find measurements for an ABL so I have crawled all over both versions with a tape measure as well.
As the research starts to wind down and the shift shifts to writing and diagraming, I would like know what you folks would see in such a book.
Not to denigrate but—I view this project as my chance to improve upon "The Anatomy of the Ship" series. So I am wondering what kinds of things would you potential readers like to see in such a book:
Some of my rules:
1. Computer generated images will not be a substitute for photographs.
2. The baseline is the NJ at retirement in 1992. There will be some how did we get from there to here historical material but things changed constantly so I had to pick some baseline and I chose 1992.
3. The focus is on the structure of the ship.
The book will be illustrated with:
1. My own drawings including deck plans
2. 3D renderings of structural details where 3D helps visualize things that cannot be seen in photographs (e.g., armor structure).
4. Where possible, original plans (I'd use them more if they were not in such #@$# shape).
I want as much new material as possible so I am avoiding things found in other books as much as I can (there is going to be some surprising new material that has never been published before).
If you have any suggestions of things you like to see, feel free to respond or to email firstname.lastname@example.org
For example, would a table of offsets be of use? How about tabular data of other structural elements? Or is that kind of thing just a waste of paper to you?
What have you wanted to know about the structure of the NJ (or other Iowa) but have never seen in a book before?
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