Roger Neilson 3
From: Bedlington, Northumberland, UK
I spent the first three weeks of May on a road trip round New England. Thanks to those on the forum who helped me with advice about where to go and what to see. Second day in Boston I was on the USS Constitution, and two weeks later on the BB Massachusetts at Fall River. Others have posted great pictures of the Fall River ships.
My observations, in no way meant to diminish the BB are worth, I think, sharing. Whilst its a big ship, its not as big as I expected it to be. Indeed the Sub and DD moored beside her are sizeable companions. I had always assumed for artisitc effect the icons in WITP exaggerated the smaller ships to make them easier to depict - not so I reckon.
There are obvious differences in technology and build and gunnery between the two, but the living conditions on the two were not that different. I really do take my hat off to the guys who lived and fought on these ships - for months on end sometimes. The design principle looked to me to be, stick as many guns on as you can and then let the guys live in the space left......
The sub 'Lionfish' is moored very close to the battelship so its not a perspective thing, lengthwise she is pretty well the length of the battleship from the fore to the aft guns.....
Now I may be telling you things you all know, if so apologies, but my expectation was of a very different size between the two.
As for the holiday, WOW. 1200 miles of sheer enjoyment, though with a sense of places opening for tourists as we left! (Not necessarily a bad thing).