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by paul.mercer
Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1873

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Gentlemen, At the end of his post HMSVF quoted a point made elseware: On the flip side I read a post on a different site that summed up a lot of the criticism about Bismarck and the RN along the lines of "she was mission killed by the worst treaty battleship and crippled by the worst TBD". Now that ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?
Replies: 34
Views: 1873

Re: Was the battleship Bismarck really the best of its time?

Gentlemen, A most interesting discussion, far beyond my understanding when it comes to ballistics I'm afraid! A question, both Scharnhorst and Warspite hit their targets at roughly the same range so am i correct in assuming that the 15" shell from Warspite would penetrate more than the 11" from Scha...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jul 31, 2020 8:29 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2373

Re: Who won?

Bill, Steve,Wadinga, many thanks indeed for all your info, it was very kind of you all to take so much trouble. I am surprised that the shooting of the Iowas in the Vietnam and Gulf wars may not have been declassified yet, particularly as it is very unlikely they will ever put to sea again or fire t...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 30, 2020 9:30 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Who won?
Replies: 33
Views: 2373

Re: Who won?

Gentlemen, A fascinating subject although a bit too complex for my limited (very!) knowledge on the subject. Are we saying that with the improvements to radar and range finding in the latter years of WW2 that it was possible to fire out t a range of 35000 yards with a reasonable chance of hitting th...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Broadsides
Replies: 3
Views: 177

Broadsides

Gentlemen, I understand (rightly or wrongly) that full broadsides were usually only fired at a fairly close range, did firing all the guns at once put a big strain on the ship or was it factored into the design. I'm thinking of the damage Rodney did to herself when firing broadsides in the final par...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 23, 2020 9:03 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: RN USN and IJN ships
Replies: 8
Views: 899

Re: RN USN and IJN ships

Thanks for your reply Steve, I can't imagine anything much slower than an 'R'! As for combat potential, i'm sorry I did not make myself clear, what I meant is how would they fare in a battle against each other, for instance a modified QE against a comparable US or IJN ship, if the 'Nelsons' were too...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:26 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: RN USN and IJN ships
Replies: 8
Views: 899

RN USN and IJN ships

Gentlemen, I another topic we discussed the point that many of the battleships of the main navies RN, USN and IJN were fairly elderly, so if we exclude the Yamato's, Iowa's and KGV's, and concentrate on the WWI vintage and any of their rebuilds up to around the early 1930's, how did they really comp...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 22, 2020 9:04 am
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Ships boilers
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Re: Ships boilers

Many thanks for your reply,
what is a 'pit snipe' and how did it get its name
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Ships boilers
Replies: 6
Views: 1413

Ships boilers

Gentlemen,
Not sure where to place this, but here it is anyway.
A question I have often wondered about, when a ship sinks could the sudden rush of cold water cause the boilers to explode?
by paul.mercer
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)
Replies: 12
Views: 977

Re: Bismarck and Prinz Eugen vs Pennsylvania and West Virginia (Post PH refits)

Gentlemen, I agree with Wadinga that PE and Bismarck would have left the two old US battleships floundering in her wake, Lutjens didn't really want to take on Hood and PoW and had he met Rodney when trying to get to Brest (I believe they passed within 50 miles of each other) he would have put on spe...
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

Thanks Steve,
It must have been pretty impressive all the same with all those big guns belching fire, I'll bet the Japanese commanders nearly wet themselves when confronted with 6 battleships!Even without modern fire control the fire from 48 x14" guns must have hit something.
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 01, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Halsey on Leyte Gulf
Replies: 6
Views: 632

Re: Halsey on Leyte Gulf

Gentlemen. iwas watching a documentary on Letye Gulf the other day and it mentioned the battle of Surigao Strait, with 5 (old) US battleships annihilated a Japanese force by crossing their T, as far as i could make out the US forces has something like 18 x16", 48 x14" and 47 x 8" shells to play with...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:02 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Main armament hoists
Replies: 7
Views: 480

Re: Main armament hoists

Admirable synthesis! Thanks! Was there any manual backup for either (I must admit that there would be difficult lifting about a ton 15 m by hand). Regards Hi Marcelo, It would indeed be a job to raise a 16" shell by hand, made even more improbable un the film 'Battleship' where 4 or 5 carried a she...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine
Replies: 17
Views: 1278

Re: French navy taken over by the kreigsmarine

Thanks Wadinga,
I think your quote that "the 'R's and the Nelsons were too slow to even catch a cold"' has to to go down as one of the most classic statements ever on this Forum!
by paul.mercer
Fri Jun 26, 2020 9:00 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Ships blowing up when the rolled over
Replies: 6
Views: 808

Re: Ships blowing up when the rolled over

Thanks for your replies, i believe Scharnhorst actually blew up underwater after he went down, perhaps there were still fires burning new the magazines?