|USS Salem CA-139
by Steve Wiper of Classic Warships
|The USS Salem represents the ultimate in World War Two wartime cruiser design. She was a member of the Des Moines Class Heavy Cruiser the last of the all gun cruisers built by for US Navy. Certainly they were the largest, unless you consider the Alaska Class Battle Cruisers. Similar to the Oregon City class these Cruisers were about 4,000 tons heavier. The extra tonnage was to accommodate the extra ammunition that these ships carried.||
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|Each of the Salem's 8" main guns could pump out shells at the rate of 20 per minute, making them a formidable opponent. In this book the 8th in the Warship Pictorial series you will find close up photo's of these main guns with a cutaway dimensioned drawing of the inner workings of the turret showing the shell and powder hoists.|
|There are many crisp clear photo's of this graceful cruiser throughout the book that trace her career from her commissioning to her dry-docking in winter 1999-2000. Included is a listing of her operational career from the date she was ordered to her dry-docking after becoming the only Heavy Cruiser museum in the United States.|
|There are several scaled drawings of the various guns and other fittings such as the Mk 37 5" gun director with the Mk 25 fire control radar fitted as shown on the right. In addition to the gun director drawings you also find drawings of:|
|The many photo's are well captioned, with the story behind them. Steve points out the details shown in each one, such as the side by side comparison of the Salem and a Baltimore class CA.|
|Whether your a historian facinated by
ship design or a modeler wanting to build the most accurate ship possible,
this book is just what you need. It is obvious that Classic Warships has
done their homework, don't let the low $11.95 list price of this book fool
you, it is a very professional work, and you can't go wrong using
this book as your reference.
This 8-1/4" x 11" soft book has 58 pages about 55 photo's and 29 drawings.