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The structure to the right is stationary and is a part of the turret foundation.
The structure to the left is a part of the stalk that hangs from the turret and rotates with the turret.
You can see the circular mark in the deck which rotates.
The 3 powder bags you see are for one of the powder elevators that go up to the gun.
There are 3 powder elevators equally spaced around the stalk.
As the turret rotates the powder passers may change to other powder elevators.
The powder cans in the powder flat are like a ready locker and if for some reason
you cannot get powder from the magazine through the scuttles you can open the powder cans.
Around the powder flat and in the magazines are tubs like the one here.
These are filled with water and if a bag breaks you immediately dump the broken bag into the tub.
There are also wash down hoses and you immediately wash the deck and everything the powder got on.
The grains of powder are not a big worry by themselves but if the ignition patch is torn
and the black powder spills out then you have a big worry because it does not take much
to set off the black powder and it will set off the grains of powder.
Then you have a large problem.
There are also wash down hoses in the gun house should a bag break in loading.
The round tube is in the center of the stalk and contains all of the wires that make up the cable twist.
The cable twist is all of the wiring that connects the turret to the ship.
This view is of the Parbuckling Ring, the inner rotating projectile ring and
the outer stationary projectile ring which you cannot see any projectiles on.

Chapter 7 Turret Installations at page 113 Ammunition Handling will give you a good idea of this process.

Parbuckling a little information about parbuckling
The handle on the gold colored plate controls the forward and backward rotation of the projectile ring.

There are 6 of these equally spaced around the projectile flat both upper and lower.
This is the outer stationary projectile ring.

The black AP shell weighs 2700# and is 72" tall.

The HC projectiles weigh 1900# and are 64" tall.
The structure to the right is stationary and is a part of the turret foundation.
The structure to the left is a part of the stalk that hangs from the turret and rotates with the turret.
You can see the circular mark in the deck which rotates.
The 3 powder bags you see are for one of the powder elevators that go up to the gun.
There are 3 powder elevators equally spaced around the stalk.
As the turret rotates the powder passers may change to other powder elevators.
The powder cans in the powder flat are like a ready locker and if for some reason
you cannot get powder from the magazine through the scuttles you can open the powder cans.