frontkampfer wrote:I saw powder canisters on both USS Missouri & New Jersey. Did not the US keep them in the canisters till passed into the scuttle for hoisting up to the turrets?
..Each canister holds three bagged charges...it is essential to keep charges in air tight containers; otherwise the ether and alcohol mixture will evaporate, and the performance of the powder will be adversely affected. Worse, the loss of these volatile elements leaves a powder with high, rather than low, explosive characteristic; that is a powder that will explode rather than burn. The result would be a ballistically dangerous substance that might explode the gun.
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