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Plus 1 Second, Carlisle and Gillian Transports Take It on the Bottom

Two ships caught in the atom bomb blast
Description: Painting, Watercolor on Illustration Board; by Grant Powers; 1946; Unframed Dimensions 13H X 21W
Accession #: 88-181-E
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Do to a bombing error, the ABLE device exploded almost directly over the attack transport USS Gillian (APA-57). It was flattened by the force of the blast and sank in under one minute. USS Carlisle (APA-69) was tossed about 150 yards by the blast. Battered and on fire, the ship sank in flames shortly thereafter. To the right is former Japanese cruiser Sakawa, which sank the next day following severe superstructure and hull damage.

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