the Ranger site has all the photo's, and yes thats her in Brem. for now she is saved from the scrap machine. hopefully she will become a museum.Here's a pic I found of Ranger at Bremerton, on the right, alongside Midway, with Independence on the left. The link is to a number of satellite pics of Bremerton: www.sff.net/people/K-Mac/amateur.htm
I also found a larger version of one of ssmandavid's photos. View attachment 984
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USS RANGER: 1934-1946 by Robert J. Cressman. Potomac Books Inc. (www.potomacbooksinc.com) 22841 Quicksilver Drive, Dulles. VA 20166. ISBN 1-57488-519-7. Cover price is $26.95. Copyright date is 2003. 451 pages including the index. No idea if it is still in print. Can't recall where I picked it up, but have an idea it was at a Half Price Books.Clyde
Could you provide info on that book? I would like to get a copy.
Don't know where you got this, but I checked both "Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships" and Conway's "All the World's Fighting ships" and no mention was made of using a battleship keel. They did take design elements from the Montana class, though....edit: funny you should mention the midway's size in relation to a battleship. her keel was originally laid to be a battleship, and she and the coral sea actually had battleship armor belts around the waterline....