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Decommissioned in San Fran to start
Garett Pawlowski’s book Flat-Tops and Fledglings states she is decommissioned in San Francisco 11/47. Recommissioned in May of 1951. She spends Spring and Summer in the Boston Navy Yard. In August 52 she exchanges crews with Antietam in Bayonne, NJ and arrives in Bremerton in Sept. 52 for a 3 year conversion. Not much time for any major work and why spend the money if she is slated for a major rebuild?
If you look at pictures of Antietam which did serve in the Korean War she still had her 20mm galleries minus the 20mm guns. I also do not see the radio masts. So probably not much changed on Shangri-La and would have to agree with Rick
I have four Essex Class long hulls in my to do pile, built up to hanger deck level, then suspended. I have a particular fondness for the Korean War era and intend to do all four in the 1950 to 1952 time frame.
Of those Shangri La was activated for Atlantic service for about a year before she went into the yard for her combo 27C/125 modernization. I want to depict Shangri La during that year's period.
To that end, was there any preliminary work done on Shangri La in anticipation of her long conversion period, during the activation process if the year before? I am most concerned with the two bow 40mm mounts (and directors), which, I understand we very wet forward. I know some Essex Class straight decks had them removed a little later in time. I, of course, am also interested in any other additions or removals done during the activation process.
Pictures of Shangri La during that period are few and far between, and good photos more so.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
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