Re: US Navy Floating Dry Docks
Thanks for the PM response Don (Don Boyer), and in particular for pointing out my erroneous mention of USS Iowa docking in YFD2 in November 1941 not long after the dock arrived at the Naval Base. This was in fact a typo, and should have course read USS Shaw ..!! I have corrected this.
At 45,000 tons, length 887 feet and 108 feet beam, Iowa would never have got in the dock ..!! As you rightly point out, the Yard Floating Docks were indeed designed for destroyers.
Here are a couple of aerial shots of the dry dock area at Pearl Harbor; the first, taken on December the 7th, and showing USS Shaw in YFD2 before the attack (left most dock bay - lower left of shot)
In the second photograph, taken on the 10th of December, you can see that the dock has sunk and Shaw adrift without her bow. Note how the dock looks wider - due to her dock walls leaning due to her list, as shown in the photographs in the previous post.
The Google Maps picture is of the floating dock in the Dominican Republic, and a possible candidate for being YDF2 today.
YFD2_15: US National HistoricalCenter photograph #80-G-451185
YFD2_16: US NationalHistoricalCenter photograph #80-G-387598
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