Photos from Test Able

Port bow view of the Prinz Eugen, taken on 10 March 1946 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. The ship sailed from here to the Pacific for the atomic bomb tests.


View off port beam of the Prinz Eugen, photo taken on 10 March 1946 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


View from port quarter of the Prinz Eugen. Photo taken on 10 March 1946 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


View from dead ahead of the Prinz Eugen after Test Able. The ship is riding very high in the water. Notice the starboard spherical AA director is missing as it was removed in Philadelphia for testing.

View off the port bow of the Prinz Eugen after Test Able.


Another view of the Prinz Eugen off the port bow after Test Able.

A slightly underexposed photo of the Prinz Eugen off the port bow after Test Able.


View off the port side of the Prinz Eugen after Test Able.

A close in view of the Prinz Eugen's superstructure after Test Able. Notice the fractured forward mast.


View from the Prinz Eugen's port quarter after Test able.

View from the Prinz Eugen's port quarter after Test able.


View from astern of the Prinz Eugen's after Test able.

View from the Prinz Eugen's starboard quarter after Test able.


View from the Prinz Eugen's starboard quarter after Test able. Notice the water being pumped out of the ship.

View off the Prinz Eugen's starboard beam after Test able.


A close up of the Prinz Eugen's starboard superstructure after Test Able. The fractured foremast is readily apparent.

The Prinz Eugen's forward superstructure from off the starboard bow after Test Able. The monitoring device welded to the top of the forward command post is readily apparent.


View from the Prinz Eugen's starboard bow after Test Able.

View off the Prinz Eugen's starboard bow after Test Able.


The photographer has now climbed aboard the Prinz Eugen to observe the aftereffects of Test Able. This photo is taken from the port side, looking up and to starboard at the fractured foremast. The mast was made out of wood and clearly did not fare well in the blast.

This view was taken from the aft mast or the Haupt Signaldeck looking forward over the wrecked hanger. The shock-wave from Test Able easily flattened the wide expanse of the unsupported hanger cover.


Looking aft along the starboard side of the hanger. The top of the bulkhead has separated from the deck above, angling outward. The jagged metal at the top of the separation is the roller support for the hanger cover.

Photo taken looking aft and to port toward wrecked hanger. The large beam in the center of the photo is part of the hanger cover roller support assembly.


Photo taken from the ship's centerline, looking aft and slightly to port. A seam failure in the hanger cover is shown. Behind the hanger cover is the aft port AA director.

Within the wrecked hanger, the photographer has captured a fracture in a welded seam. Notice how the welded seam has separated due to the stress on the joint.


Inside the destroyed hanger, looking aft and up. The dished hanger cover fills the space.

Another view from inside the hanger, looking up at the after section of the destroyed cover.


This photo is taken at frame 62 on the Decke des Hinteren Deckhauses (superstructure 03) outside of the officer's galley. Notice the slight dishing of the bulkhead into the galley.

Photo taken in the crew's work room on the Prinz Eugen's oberdeck (main deck), frame 145-146. The photo shows the connection of the longitudinal frame, 2 meters to starboard, with the barbette for turret 2. The paint is peeling where the frame buckled; notice the separation failure of the flange from the longitudinal frame.


This is a close up of the failed flange shown in the prior photograph.

Photo also taken in the crew's work room on the Prinz Eugen's oberdeck (main deck), frame 142. This photo shows the intermittent welding failure between the web and the flange. Crew's lockers are shown at the bottom of the photo.


This photo is taken of the same web failure shown in the prior photo, just from a slightly different angle.

This photo is in the crewman's mess room on the Prinz Eugen's oberdeck (main deck), frame 146. The view is looking inboard, up at the longitudinal. Notice the buckling of the longitudinal, shown by the curve and peeling paint.


This view is of the same longitudinal as the prior photo, but now the view is looking outboard. The separation of the longitudinal from the flange is easy to see.

The crewman's mess and the crewman's workroom on the Prinz Eugen's oberdeck (main deck) are separated by a bulkhead which his shown here. Taken at frame 143, this view is looking aft in the crewman's mess at the compression buckle in the bulkhead separating the two rooms.


The photographer is looking to starboard at the door separating the creman's mess and the crewman's workroom on the Prinz Eugen's oberdeck (main deck). Photo taken at frame 143. Notice the buckling of the plate over the door.

View looking aft from the bow of the Prinz Eugen's oberdeck (main deck) after Test Able.