FIRING THE 'B' GUN: When fired, a 4 inch projectile left the muzzle at 2,610 feet per second and produced a deck-thrust in the magnitude of 60 tons when the barrel was elevated to 45 degrees. Recoil was constant but the deck thrust varied with the angle of the gun. The range of the projectile could be upwards of 8 miles, again, depending on the barrel elevation. Iroquois' gunners had to be in good physical condition in order to load the gun as a 4 inch shell weighed 66 pounds. (Photo courtesy Tom Ingham).
Iroquois ' B' gun crew taking a break after a practice shoot. Two of those men in the picture were killed and some others wounded when a shell from a shore battery landed near 'B' gun some time later. (Photo courtesy Tom Ingham)
This was a typical work party while refuelling at sea. Tribal class destroyers proved to be the tanker's most frequent 'customer' due to their high rate of fuel consumption. (Contributed by: William Russell, Pickering, Ont.)
Above and Below: This is the extent of damage done to the starboard side of "B" deck when an enemy shell hit the deck causing casualties. In the blow photo, the damage has been repaired temporarily. (Contributed by William Russell, Pickering, Ont)
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