You can see where the turrets were mounted. I don't recognize the two forward and two aft configuration though. Maybe its too small to be a battleship. Definitely four large guns though.
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By: kjfitz


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pdunn picture
@ 2005-10-24 17:48:20
Cool find.
jef picture
@ 2005-10-24 18:15:18
Look at the shadows on the four round areas. They are not gun turrets, they are holes.

I wonder if it's the USS Cabot, partially disassembled.
kjfitz picture
@ 2005-10-24 18:59:47
They are the wells in which the turrets sat.
Analogman picture
@ 2005-10-24 19:47:04
The USS Cabot was an aircraft carrier and, as such, would have no turret wells.

You can find a picture of the mostly cut up Cabot here: and here:
AlbinoFlea picture
@ 2005-10-24 19:53:08

This whole area seems to be part of International Shipbreaking Limited's operations. There's a list of ships they've hacked up here:

That should help to narrow things down.
Analogman picture
@ 2005-10-24 20:08:37
Unfortunately, none of the ships on that list fit the ship in the photo.
AlbinoFlea picture
@ 2005-10-24 21:19:19

My bad. International Shipbreaking's slips are on the north side of the channel, along with ESCO Marine.

These slips belong to Transforma Marine. Google Earth says the shot dates from Feb. 17, 2004.
jef picture
@ 2005-10-24 22:05:43
I didn't realize that gun turrets went so deep!
kjfitz picture
@ 2005-10-24 22:11:11

There is even the story about the Brazillian Battleship Rio de Janeiro that suffered structural difficulties due to the size and depth of its seven turret wells.
Analogman picture
@ 2005-10-25 18:34:36
It's not just the turrets but the magazines, ammo handling rooms, and equipment to rotate and power the turrets.
Anonymous picture
@ 2006-04-01 16:29:07
I do believe that it is the repair ship Ajax sold for scrap in 1997 since the bow and stern are pointy. This was common to U.S. Navy repair ships of the 1930,s .
kjfitz picture
@ 2006-04-01 19:08:15
Ajax was 539 feet long. This is only 429. There were no cruisers that I can find listed. Maybe a German, Brit, or Japanese battleship.
Gosell picture
@ 2007-03-26 18:30:38
I think this may be a cable laying ship. The round wells are where they stored the cable. It has about the same LOA and Beam as the one shown in this link.

There also appears to be what could be a fitting to feed the cable over the stern.

Thanks to Pdunn's Viscount post for getting me in the Brownsville neighborhood. That's a plane I flew on several times as a kid.
Anonymous picture
@ 2008-01-02 21:32:19
That is not a battleship. Just north of that across the channel appears to be a Salem class Heavy Cruiser from WW2, and as you can tell is much bigger.