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  1. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    We didn't unload the loader to drop the Breech or remove a barrel. Cleaning this one, the water jacket is clearly seen, a close look will reveal the hose connections on the right gun, that fitting recoiled with the barrel through the slot clearly seen on the top of the left guns housing. This gun was manned 24/7 and did most of the shooting, we seldom went to GQ to provide fire support or transit the river, to much to do and not enough men so this gun took up the slack, we re gunned this one because of barrel wear, quick change, half hours would do it.
  2. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    We kept a fire hose to run into the cooling tank, if you weren't careful The water would turn to steam and pressurize the tank and a hot flow would come out the breather filler capr, bounce off the tank and scald us all, Quick fix throw a flack jacket over it and keep on shooting, second loaders would start to cool the tank with the fire hose. Here is a cooling tank getting replacement water it had boiled out. Each gun had it's own tank, looks like one with it is two separate tanks and cooling pumps. Yes, that is a helmet, fine pouring spout on the front of them.
  3. Plan Holder might work for you. When I had my Surveying office, things like Assessors Maps, Quad Maps, Highway and Railroad maps to organize, I bought 5 of those hangers similar to the one in the photo and built some horns that I attached to the wall to hang them from, one on each end. They worked well, one of them has been holding about 40 USGS 1:24,000 Quad Maps for years, did not use them as often after I had purchased a couple of disks of my part of Oregon USGS Maps, Just printed color letter size copy's of what I wanted from disk or printed using the plotter for full size copies. Those Plan Holders don't require much space and with the sheets hanging the roll memory eventually is lost, when you wish to look at one, look at it there or remove the holder from the rack, flip the drawings above the one you want and lay it over something, don't need to remove any from the holder or use sand bags to keep flat, but if you do wish to remove one, it's easy, I use the floor when removing or adding sheets saves frustration. Mine will hold up to a 30" wide sheet along the narrow side, the space below the hanger is all that limits length
  4. Since the Cannonades and guns were stored outboard with the muzzles through the Ports, it would require tackle to haul them inboard for maintenance and initial loading. The guns being in he stowed position, a ring in the deck, convenient for that position makes sense. Having the tackle rigged full time does not, so a double block rig needs a place to hang, clear of deck and gun when not in use, could be stored horizontally from the sides of an overhead beam, handy and out of the way. Another thing to think about, the ways would have been greased and like a wheeled carriage, protection of the serving crew would be needed when working the gun during battle when unexpected rudder shifts could cause an unsecured weapon to run without warning. I suspect the gunners of old did many common things when handling their guns, than never got into the record which was written by observers who were not doers. jud
  5. Have seen walls made soundproof by double studding. Each side had it's own support 2 X 4 studding sitting on the same 2 X 6 sill. The studs were evenly spaced but alternating sides, so a sound absorbing curtain could be woven between them, when in place each side was finishing to match the rest of the structure, just 2" thicker than the 2 X 4 walls. Might be able to duplicate the effects of such a wall, using double boxes separated by, a curtain. The discharge air could be muffled by a series of furnace filters or filter material stacked inside a large tube made to fit your space and allowing a muffled depressurization your vacuum container inner box. Like most things, different ways to get the job done. Good Luck.
  6. Put it outside mounted on a post or stand secured to the ground, not your shop, place it where you will have minimum bends on the suctions side, build a shelter around it with easy access for upkeep and cleaning. No point in taking up space inside, wiring with an inside switch should be easy and the hole for the suction pipe should not be a problem either, just use foam or rubber to seal, don't want hard contact with the structure. Enjoy your quiet and cleaner work space.
  7. Good bunch of Photo's, Thanks. Couple of questions, Steel was being produced at that time in limited amounts with lots of effort, so in the 4th photo, I See 2 Steel Swivel Blocks, I say steel because of the dimensions and the way they are constructed, question number one would be, were they reflecting original equipment and if so, where were they used. Question number Two, Grenades, being the days of fire and fuse, do you have any idea how they were lighted, or were they only used from a stationary position with a light available and not used by individuals moving about the decks? Glad you received the invite and used a lot of your time taking these photos, do you have more? Thanks Again. jud
  8. Or find a wet and dry thermometer, wet the wet bulb and giver her a spin, do every 4 hours and log it. That is what was done in the Navy in the early 60's but those instruments they disappeared from the bridge and quarterdeck. You have came up with a good substitute for those Wet and Dry Thermometers we used years ago, same principal, so the results should be good. See there are some avable today that aren't very expensive, those like we used I did not see during my quick search but they were expensive instruments and would still be expensive to make today. jud .
  9. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    The first photo, ( Wed 1638 ), shows me at the pointers position, we fired using local control and our sights, so as Gun Captain, it was common practice to take that position, could use the sights and when satisfied, it was me that pressed the firing pedal. Our gun crews almost lived on the guns and did not need close observation, all were cross trained, I could call a second loader up and put him in the pointers seat and go repair a gun if needed. Replaced the extractors in the right gun of a twin while the left was firing one nite, hadn't noticed until then with my feet and legs in the pit above the ejection shoot that the gas in the empty cased glowed as they went by and the opining breach also emit a glow. Forces ashore needed support and it was this gun providing it, no others were maned.
  10. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    Happy seeing just what happened with your fine work. Excellent job. An old Gunner, jud First loaders
  11. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    Some of the brass ones were made into ashtrays, but very few in relation to what went over the side. I have an ash tray that I made in RVN from a brass case. We were receiving a lot of steel cases, the brass was also a mixed lot, newer had less copper than the the older WW2 stuff that seemed to be softer and a different color, if you look at my above photo of spent ammo, the steel cases can be picked out from the brass and the two different colors of brass is also detectable. Your ash tray is clearly of the WW2 vintage, we had two of that vintage split the case when fired, one of them the projectial just cleared the muzzle and exploded, pattern in the water was a half circle, almost a perfect straight line on the gun side perpendicular to the line of sight. That ammo was part of a deck load that had been hit with recoilless rifle fire and set on fire and the fire put out, we sorted it out, but we were happy to see the last of it fired. Navy 40 MM ammo because of the volume fired over the fleet, used a self destruction feature as part of the tracer that exploded the round after about 4000 yards, out of thousands, only experienced the one that was that early. Delivery day, everything we consumed was delivered by these small ships, they were often fired at, slowed that down after putting 81 MM-50 Cal combo Mortars on them, they could return the fire much better. Reminds you of Mr. Roberts.
  12. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    Republic of Vietnam. We started to save it, but we went through so much it was crowding us off the ship because we couldn't get it picked up and we never left the river to dispose of it. It went overboard, sometimes the popular forces would get some cans to fill with mud and build forts along the river bank, most of them went over the side, we shot holes in every one so they would sink. Second photo, Bob had just thrown an empty 40 MM can overboard, it was a 20' throw from there, but on the 01 level so the rail was cleared
  13. Must keep in mind, a Naval Gunship of any type or nationality, ancient or modern, only exists to get the guns or weapons to the battle and support them. The rule is, in the way of working the guns, it must move, guns come first, so you put up with losing the space they and their equipment occupy. jud
  14. Reason I refereed to the Mooring line in both posts, go ahead and remove your foot from that location, we all find our feet in uncomfortable positions occasionally.
  15. 40mm/56 Twin Bofors by oneslim, Bob W

    There was a slot that as the 4 round clip was fed into the loader, the clip dropped out of the loader ending up on the deck where the loader was standing, just as you thought. In the second photo above and just left of the First Loader with his back to you, you can see the slot where the clips dropped clear, looks like one is just clearing the loader in the photo. Here is a photo your friend might enjoy, could put a lot of rounds through those twin Bofers and we did. .

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