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by hammy
Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:54 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Swap Sydney with Zara or New Orleans
Replies: 103
Views: 10140

Re: Swap Sydney with Zara or New Orleans

In comparing "Sydney" with "Belfast" you are really looking at two different types of ships . The "Apollos" ("Sydney") were the jump to a much improved type of Light cruiser , following the completion of the WW1 programmes . As the Light cruiser in British service is the Linear descendant of the sai...
by hammy
Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:17 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Any Research on the Fate of the Wreck of the Bismarck?
Replies: 24
Views: 18730

Re: Any Research on the Fate of the Wreck of the Bismarck?

I dont know much about deep ocean conditions , but it is going to be very chill down there on both these wreck sites , and totally black-dark . I wonder if conditions will be so very different at the two sites . You can compare with shallower tropical wreck degredation because we have the Truk lagoo...
by hammy
Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:03 pm
Forum: Announcements, News and Updates
Topic: Presentation
Replies: 13
Views: 17362

Re: Presentation

Hola Juan , and welcome to the forum . We tend to go off topic quite a lot here ( well I do ) , someone starts a thread asking if Admiral Lutjens cat was neutered , and three pages on we are arguing whether Amundsen's trip through the Northwest passage should count because Gjoia was only an overgrow...
by hammy
Sun Jan 24, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Oscarburg fortress in Drobak Narrows, Oslofijord
Replies: 36
Views: 6469

Oscarburg fortress in Drobak Narrows, Oslofijord

While playing "Hunt the harbour" all around Europe , using Google Earth , for Terje the other day , I passed by this place , (where the " Blucher " got short shrift in 1940 ), and looked at a lot of the linked photos posted there . There are still three big coast defence guns on big traversing Batte...
by hammy
Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Climate Change agenda
Replies: 268
Views: 67005

Re: The Climate Change agenda

One of the new nuclear plants is due to come to Sizewell to replace/add capacity to two existing Reactors there , on the Suffolk coast , not far from here , and the local "Tree huggers" are already up in arms about it . Yet at this time we are told that my immediate area must construct another ( Ive...
by hammy
Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:11 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Swap Sydney with Zara or New Orleans
Replies: 103
Views: 10140

Re: Swap Sydney with Zara or New Orleans

The British "Town" class introduced the triple 6inch turret instead of the previous twins (Appollos/Leanders/Arethusas) in beamier hulls , in response to bigger foreign cruiser designs outclassing our own . At the same time the spotting aircraft stowage was increased and the planes far better protec...
by hammy
Sun Jan 24, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Karlsruhe V Leander
Replies: 5
Views: 1318

Re: Karlsruhe V Leander

The ships were structurally too weak , with low freeboard from the break of the forecasle aft , and extended distant water cruises pre-war as "show the flag exercises" caused weather damage in open ocean storm conditions , requiring varying degrees of reconstruction . Their power plant of turbines p...
by hammy
Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:56 am
Forum: Warship Photos
Topic: Naxos ZM
Replies: 8
Views: 8493

Re: Naxos ZM

Well Terje , Ive spent about 12 hours on Google Earth going round every harbour from Bordeaux right around to Konigsberg/Kaliningrad , and there are only two candidates . Frederikstad , just around the "Skaw" --> Skagen , on the tip of Denmark , just inside the Kattegat . As a Danish Naval station t...
by hammy
Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:50 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: About the Bodies
Replies: 35
Views: 32665

Re: about the bodies

the ( False ) U-boat sighting alarm , which caused the British ships Dorsetshire and Mashona to hurriedly leave the scene , Correction - Maori, not Mashona. Sorry , "them Tribals all look the same to me !" ( That politically incorrect racist joke was jointly sponsored by the British National Party ...
by hammy
Fri Jan 22, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Swap Sydney with Zara or New Orleans
Replies: 103
Views: 10140

Re: Swap Sydney with Zara or New Orleans

The deck plan I have for Kormoran ( From "German Raiders of WW2" by Karl August Muggenthaler ISBN 0 330 26204 1 - Pan Books paperback edtn of 1980 ) shows the deck features and armament layout as follows ; A short raised forecastle has a single 20mm on the centreline just aft of the hawsepipes , aft...
by hammy
Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Any Research on the Fate of the Wreck of the Bismarck?
Replies: 24
Views: 18730

Re: Any Research on the Fate of the Wreck of the Bismarck?

I know of no research specifically on Bismark , but you are looking at a wreck there with large areas of heavy plating , let alone the extensive armour , the subdivision , etc . Looking at the salvaged U S N " Monitor " of 1860 gives you some indicators as to how long the heavier bits will last - te...
by hammy
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:04 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: About the Bodies
Replies: 35
Views: 32665

Re: about the bodies

I tend to think the vast majority of Bismarck's crew got off the ship or were got to the upper decks. I doubt that many died below decks and those that did probably died in the fires they had been sent to fight, so their bodies would have burned up. The dead and the dying would have floated away as...
by hammy
Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: About the Bodies
Replies: 35
Views: 32665

Re: about the bodies

It is only in recent years that we have begun to see that there is a remarkable amount of life and life forms even in the deepest of the ocean abysses . As well as the visible fish , etc , microscopic analysis has shown that there is also a large population of the tiny things , right down to single ...
by hammy
Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:47 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest Warship Name Ever
Replies: 98
Views: 51082

Re: Greatest Warship Name Ever

Jolly interesting campaign , the Mediterranean , pretty much non-stop action right through , and quite evenly matched so the pendulum of advantage swung from one side to the other continuously throughout . After 1943 and the Italian surrender Germany took over most of the Important Island Garrisons ...
by hammy
Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:20 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Battle of Little Big Horn
Replies: 49
Views: 22327

Re: Battle of Little Big Horn

The Sabre had gone out even during the Civil war , on both sides , as a weapon . Several of the European military observers commented ( disparagingly ) on that , the British one reported something like " Their cavalry fights are the most miserable affairs imaginable - both sides canter up into rang...