Credit for inspiration for this post, as well as for some of the text of this post, goes to bucketybuck for : http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=653044
Who would be the likely winner in the following scenario:
Two ships only, one Iowa class battleship against one Nimitz class aircraft carrier. No support ships of any type. The battleship starts ten miles away from the carrier and has one objective, search and destroy. Both ships are moving at less than one knot, and pointed directly at one another.
The action takes place in the middle of waterworld, there is no land to run to. Also, the aircraft carrier does not have any aircraft on board. It’s ship against ship.
The only ammunition available to the occupants of either vessel is that ammunition normally used in small arms; that is to say, pistols, shotguns or rifles.