Still, it took them a little while to work out the bugs with having centerline turrets. The sheer mass of the guns caused the ship to list to one side exposing the waterline below the armor belt on the other side. They even had problems with the turrets breaking loose from the locking mechanisms in heavy seas and swinging uncontrollably from side to side. Think originally they used hydraulic rams and lead counterweights to balance the turrets. Eventually they finally gave up on the pillbox turret and went for the rectangular box turret.
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