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Operation Crossroads: Bikini Atoll. Paintings from the site of the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests. Some personal favorites. (via)
posted by BackwardsCity (12 comments total)
posted by poppo at 9:30 AM on August 22, 2005

oops, what i meant to say was related

too bad i've ruined my joke now. today sucks
posted by poppo at 9:31 AM on August 22, 2005

Fantastic ... I've seen this somewhere else b4 ... Harper's magazine?
posted by mrgrimm at 10:15 AM on August 22, 2005

This is pretty cool.
posted by grouse at 1:49 PM on August 22, 2005

How it looks on the receiving end: Ground Zero 1945: Drawings by Atomic Bomb Survivors.

Tomiko Konishi's story (scroll right).
posted by cenoxo at 3:21 PM on August 22, 2005

Hmm, I wonder why they didn't do the third test underwater. Too many dead fishys?
posted by parallax7d at 3:58 PM on August 22, 2005

Also I wonder if that will be the only time in history when a warship is thrown 150 meters?
posted by parallax7d at 4:02 PM on August 22, 2005

I wonder why they didn't do the third test underwater. Too many dead fishys?

They wanted to see if (and found out that) atomic blasts cause more destruction to ships and people if exploded above water level.

Dang water just sucked up all the energy.
posted by Balisong at 4:21 PM on August 22, 2005

cenoxo, I think your comment is worthy of an FPP itself. That site is amazing.
posted by BackwardsCity at 4:37 PM on August 22, 2005

...more nuclear renderings at Nagasaki Nightmare: Art of the Hibakusha.

We have no idea.
posted by cenoxo at 4:53 PM on August 22, 2005

From the FPP

Although the Navy mounted an extraordinary effort to save USS Saratoga (CV-3), the warship was too contaminated to conduct extensive damage control procedures and she eventually sank. One of the legends of the Pacific war, her loss was keenly felt by the officers and men of Operation Crossroads.

Gosh, we really didn't want to lose this legendary ship of WWII. So, we parked it next to a nuclear bomb. I, for one, can't think of any reason why that might not have worked.
posted by eriko at 9:15 PM on August 22, 2005

Exercise Saratoga Crossroads—diving on the USS Saratoga in 1999:

The first thing you see as you swim down the huge elevator shaft and enter the hangar deck is a rack of 500lb aerial bombs. There is some dispute as to whether these are live or not but we didn't touch them just in case! Looking up at the ceiling you notice that the light fittings are still intact. A little further in we came across 4 airplanes stowed, wings folded, on the hangar's starboard side. The first three are 'Helldiver' single engine aircraft and the fourth an 'Avenger' torpedo bomber. Every instrument remains mounted in the instrument panels except the clocks which were taken out because they were too attractive an item and might have been stolen! Next we come across Mark 13 torpedoes, many tumbled and loose on the deck. Weighing a ton each it was weapons like this that were responsible for the sinking of the Japanese battleship Yamato.

More diving details here:

The USS Saratoga is the largest divable shipwreck in the world. She is a mammoth of a wreck and is bigger than the Titanic at 880 ft+ long with a 106 ft beam, displacing 39,000 tons.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall.
posted by cenoxo at 10:28 PM on August 22, 2005

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