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Naval 6 Inch 50 Caliber Gun - ROTC, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member sherpes
N 33° 46.728 W 084° 23.514
16S E 741506 N 3740687
Quick Description: 6 Inch secondary armament of of BB15 - U.S.S. Georgia. In front of an old red brick building, currently housing the ROTC offices of Georgia Tech, an engineering school.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 1/22/2009 4:07:32 PM
Waymark Code: WM5MPD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 24

Long Description:
This naval rifle is from the ship USS Georgia, 1906.
The 6" 50 cal was Secondary armament on “Virginia Class” Battleships.

Originally used on pre-dreadnoughts [BB Georgia] and armored cruisers built in the late 1800s.
Also used on some auxiliary vessels during World War I.
When many of these ships were scrapped after the war and as a result of the Washington Naval Limitation Treaty, the guns were then used as coastal artillery.
Mounted afloat during World War II on some older auxiliary vessels.
This gun is interesting in that, unlike most USN weapons, the nominal caliber length was actually the overall length.
Date of design: about 1898
Date In Service: about 1903
Weight: 18,628 pounds
Rate of Fire: 6 rounds a minute
Shell Weight: Common and Armor Piercing - 105 pounds
Muzzle Velocity: 2,800 feet per second
Range: 15,000 yards

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The U.S.S. Georgia, BB-15, was launched October 11th, 1904 and commissioned September 24, 1906 at Boston Navy Yard.
Her full war displacement was 16,094 tons.
She carried 40 officers and 772 enlisted men.
MAIN GUNS: 4-12 inch 40 caliber, 8-8 inch 45 caliber, 12-6 inch 50 caliber Mark 6 & Mark 8
SECONDARY GUNS: 12-3 Inch 50 caliber, 12-3 pounders
Length: 441 feet
Draught: 23 feet 9 inches
Beam: 76 feet
Torpedo Tubes: 4-21 inch submerged
Fuel: Coal, 1925 tons
Speed: 19 knots
The U.S.S. Georgia sailed with the ‘Great White Fleet” 16 December 1907 to 22 February 1909.
She never saw battle action and was decommissioned 15 July 1920 and was sold for scrap on 1 November 1923.

REFERENCE:
American Battleships: A Pictorial History
Max E. NEWHART
Pictorial Histories Publishing Company
Missoula, Montana 1995
What type of artillery is this?: Naval 6 Inch 50 caliber cannon

Where is this artillery located?: Other

What military of the world used this device?: US Navy & Argintina

Date artillery was in use: 9/24/1906

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

Date artillery was placed on display: Not listed

Parking location to view this Waymark: Not Listed

Cost?: Not Listed

Are there any geocaches at this location?: Not listed

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