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Wingwiper nailed it! To quote the page where I found the photo:
A salvaged 16in turret from the Japanese Battleship Mutsu, 1971ish. The Mutsu was a Nagato class Battleship completed in 1921. At the time of her completion, she was the fastest(26 knots) and the most powerful(8 16.1 in main guns)in the world. In 1943, she suffered an explosion while at anchor in Hashirajima bay that destroyed the forward part of the ship, resulting in her sinking. The most likely culprit was the cordite powder for the main guns combusting(not the first time that had happened). A major salvage operation was undertaken in the early 1970's, resulting in the recovery of over 800 sailors remains. Most of the ship was scrapped, but some remain on display in Japan.
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