Book Review-‘Anatomy of the Ship: The battleship USS ‘Iowa’’ by S. Draminski

By David Bowen, published January 2021


Commissioned in 1943, the United States Ship Iowa was the lead ship of a class of six that were destined to be the very last US battleships; indeed only four of the class were subsequently built. Formidably armed, well armoured and handsome, they were the fastest battleships ever built, with a maximum speed of 33 knots yet with a range sufficient to cross the Pacific and back again. While not as heavily gunned as the biggest Japanese battleships, they were more than a match in every other feature. Iowa earned battle honours in the Second World War and the Korean War, was mothballed, reconfigured and recommissioned several times and was finally struck from the Navy Register in 2006. She remains afloat as a museum ship in Los Angeles. One of the ‘Anatomy of the Ship’ series from this publisher, this book is principally comprised of competently produced computer graphics representing numerous views, details and diagrammatic representations of the ship with its weapons, rig, radar, and external fittings. As an example of this form of art, it is of the highest order, and clearly the product of skill and devoted labour. The detail is breathtaking. The quality of production is excellent with crisp definition and sufficiently sized drawings and photographs…

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Filed under: WW2 | Post WW2
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Shipbuilding & Design

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