A visit to the Navy Museum
at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
on April 22, 2003
(last update 5/26/2003)
This museum has a very large detailed model of an LSM ship. It is
located at the rear of the museum on the right side.
The model is behind a plexiglas wall, so there is some glare in the photos
because of that.
The photos on this page concentrate mostly on the LSM model.
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Closeup of the twin 40mm bow guns
Harold on the dual twin 40mm guns
Deck view showing 50 caliber guns. I think
we had 6 or 8 of the 50 cal. guns.
Harold Westhoff looking at the mid section. There
is a 20mm in a gun tub immediately forward of the life raft on the conning
tower. We had 4 of those.
Mid deck view 1
Mid deck view 2. 20mm on the left side, 50 caliber middle front of
Wider aft view of model
Officers quarters. The picture of the officer is about 5-6" high,
so I think the scale of the model is about 1" = 1'.
Rear showing screws (wish I had "windex" along)
Front and rear views of conning tower
Another view showing the rear half. The front part showing the
bow doors and ramp.
Rear view (Fantail).
This picture (rear view) shows the 20 mm best--it's
in a tub on the port (left) side and you can see it is a much bigger gun
than the 50 cal. which is really little more than a large machine
gun with limited range, but it fires real fast and the ammunition is in
belts, whereas the ammo in the 20mm is loaded into the kind of cylindrical
cannister which you can see on top of the 20mm. Those are hand loaded
and replaced with a new one when empty.
I think the 5 or 6 barrels on the fantail (rear end) of the ship are depth
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