Photo #: NH 51982
Admiral Graf Spee (German Armored Ship, 1936)
Photograph of the ship's forward broadside (15cm gun) director, with a USS Helena crew member sitting on it. View looks aft, with the forward superstructure in the background. The director has partially collapsed to starboard. The sketch below shows the director's arrangement, extending down to the main deck.
Taken on board Admiral Graf Spee's wreck in the River Plate, near Montevideo, Uruguay, where she had been scuttled in December 1939.
Page from an intelligence report prepared by USS Helena (CL-50) during her shakedown cruise to South America. The photograph was taken on 2 February 1940 by Ensign Richard D. Sampson, USN. See Photo # NH 51982-A for a cropped version of this image, showing only the photograph.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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Image posted 18 August 2006