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Your Battleship and Her Requirements

Your Battleship and Her Requirements: (Newsmap, May 1944)

U.S. Navy WW2 Battleship Poster

Requirements to Build and Operate A Navy Battleship

To Build a Battleship:

  • 2,500,000 man hours for design—30,000,000 man hours for construction
  • Up to 6,250 shipbuilders for 3½ years
  • 348,000 lbs. blueprint paper 30″ strips 5,808,000 ft. long
  • 1,135,000 rivets—4,300,000 ft. of welding
  • Electrical plant for all needs of a city of 20,000
  • 1,220,000 ft. electrical cable
  • 422,000 ft. of piping
  • 9½ acres or 404,000 sq. ft. of decks and platforms
  • More than 900 electric motors
  • 5,300 electric lighting fixtures
  • 1,091 telephones for internal communication
  • 84,480 ft. of air ducts for ventilation

To Operate a Battleship (Per Year):

  • 1,500,000 lbs. of vegetables
  • 600,000 lbs. of fruit
  • 9,000,000 gals. of fuel oil
  • 10,000 lbs. of wheat, 4,500 lbs. of cotton produces powder for one 16″ broadside
  • 800,000 lbs of meat
  • 60,000 lbs. of butter and 900,000 eggs
  • 300,000 bars of candy
  • 60,000 qts. of ice cream
  • 100,000 bars of soap
  • 75,000 lbs. of coffee

 

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