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Evacuation of the Fleet

A battleship painted orange is in the center of boats and ships
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Paper; by Arthur Beaumont; 1946; Unframed Dimensions 16H X 20W
Accession #: 88-169-A
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Selected as ground zero for test ABLE, USS Nevada (BB- 36) was painted bright orange to assist the B-29 bomber crew find their aim point. Although the old battleship survived both bombs, extensive contamination from test BAKER led to her destruction by gunfire and aerial torpedoes in an exercise off Hawaii on 31 July 1948. The view is from the bridge of USS Arkansas (BB-33), during final test preparations and the evacuation of people and the support fleet from Bikini lagoon.

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