Gun from battleship Missouri goes on display at San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A massive gun that was on the battleship Missouri when the Japanese surrendered at the end of World War II will soon be installed on a cliff at the entrance to San Francisco Bay.

The 68-foot long, 236,000-pound gun will be refurbished and painted over the coming months and then displayed at the Battery Townsley fortification in the Marin Headlands. It will simulate one of two guns that protected the battery during World War II but have since been removed.

Those guns — each capable of shooting a 2,100- pound projectile 25 miles out to sea — were considered a significant technological advancement.

The battery itself was among two that flanked the Golden Gate strait.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports
that the gun from the Missouri was set to be moved up to the battery on Monday.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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