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At first glance, it looked a bit like a downed At-At.
Where is it now
the weight of those things are so fucking heavy, how could the gun end in a position like that unless it was blown from the ship in an explosion or a crane dropped it?
That thing is massive! I’m amazed it could be hoisted anywhere by anything, let alone driven around on the sea.
Does anyone have a higher resolution version of this, cause this would be an awesome background screen
Mutsu was second of Nagato class(Nagato, Mutsu) battleship. The ship sunk in a harbour with giant explosion, probably started from 3rd Turret(that’s the picture of first one I think.. it had four of those. 16-inch gun).
The wreckage is salvaged after the war.
Looks bigger without ship attached to it
i see… those colossal structure n oversized weapons in jp games maybe inspired base on these thing
Pre nuclear bomb testing steel is super valuable(use in medical devices, devices with sensitivity to radiation, etc.) I wonder how much they got for this.
This is a description of a different 16 inch naval gun but the specifications are close enough for our purposes
“ These guns were 50 calibers long—or 50 times their 16-inch (406 mm) bore diameter, which makes the barrels 66.6 feet (20 m) long, from breechface to muzzle. Each gun weighed about 239,000 pounds (108,000 kg) without the breech, and 267,900 pounds (121,517 kg) with the breech. They fired projectiles weighing from 1,900 to 2,700 pounds (850 to 1,200 kg) at a maximum speed of 2,690 feet per second (820 m/s) with a range of up to 24 miles (39 km). At maximum range the projectile spent almost 1½ minutes in flight.”
So, basically, every shot fired was like launching a small car through the air at you, from 24 miles away.
For a fraction of a second, my brain was sure this was a manipulated picture of a flipped Mammoth tank (Red Alert).. But who am I to judge.
On a more serious note. This is the first time I’ve seen this picture. Nice find! It’s a whole lot bigger than I thought they were.
I always imagine how much needed food, housing, and medicine get sunk into these things
This looks like a shot from the Amazon show Tales from the Loop
This looks like a modern sci movie still
Why did I thought about 40k the moment I saw this?
In 1972 they salvaged parts of the bow, stern, both rudders and scrapped them. They also got back some personal crew items, one propeller, several smaller guns and one main battery barrel which are on display at the Yamato museum an Mutsu memorial (陸奥記念館, Mutsu kinenkan) in Suō-Ōshima.
The wreck itself remains at 33° 58′ N, 132° 24′ O (E) in about 40 meter deep waters.
Another last fact: Nobody knows exactly why Mutsu sunk. They even rebuilt parts of a turret to test the reaction of different ammo types within the ships ammo storage. After excluding submarine attacks, it is now known that the explosion in the ammo storage happened without any external influence. So the 2 possible scenarios are an unlucky accident or sabotage.
Question, aren’t all sunken battleships classes as war graves? I thought it was forbidden to salvage them?