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Battleship Arkansas Being Tossed in Giant Pillar

A column of water engulfing ships
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Illustration Board; by Grant Powers; 1946; Unframed Dimensions 14H X 19W
Accession #: 88-181-D
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Unlike ABLE's atmospheric explosion, BAKER's detonation started with a spray dome that appeared at the underwater site. Owing to the denser nature of water, which quickly cooled the explosion, the initial fireball did not grow as large as ABLE's. The spray dome broke the surface near USS Arkansas (BB-33) and she sank quite suddenly.

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