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by OpanaPointer
Wed Jun 24, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Ships blowing up when the rolled over
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Ships blowing up when the rolled over

As far as I understand things, it is not the shells that explode in a magazine explosion, but powder bags. A ship that capsizes has taken heavy damage and may have some fires aboard. These fires as well as red hot fragment can ignite these powder bags. With enough powder to fling many large caliber...
by OpanaPointer
Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:26 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Ships blowing up when the rolled over
Replies: 6
Views: 817

Re: Ships blowing up when the rolled over

Maybe boiler explosions?
by OpanaPointer
Fri Jun 19, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Jammed rudders and damage to prop shafts
Replies: 4
Views: 567

Re: Jammed rudders and damage to prop shafts

I was on a guided missile cruiser that experience a rudder failure back in the '70s. Luckily this wasn't in confined waters, unless you consider the Panama Canal to be such. The skipper was about to beach her to avoid damaging anything when the glitch cleared itself.
by OpanaPointer
Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 764

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Interesting document covering US Army defenses on Oahu. I suspect there were probably more ground-based AA weapons than aboard the ships. https://www.armyupress.army.mil/Portals/7/educational-services/staff-rides/StaffRideHB_PearlHarbor.pdf B And the source, I suspect, for that document: http://www...
by OpanaPointer
Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 764

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Alan Zimm's book on Pearl Harbor might interest you.

As for Halsey, the NKB was achingly aware that the USN carriers were "out there somewhere" and they patrolled accordingly. There wouldn't have been an ambush scenario.
by OpanaPointer
Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 764

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Halsey was sent south to look for the carriers due to radio intercepts of messages from a destroyer unit normally associated with carrier plane guard duty. The intercept suggested they were around Johnston Island. It wasn't until after noon that the Army advised Com14th of the radar track Lockard an...
by OpanaPointer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:30 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 764

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

Francis Marliere wrote:
Tue Jun 09, 2020 9:00 am
My guess is that they would not use the modified torpedoes but the standard ones.
There were a limited number of the Nagasaki-modified torpedoes, IIRC. The ones without the wooden fins were in good supply as they weren't offloaded before the fleet sailed.
by OpanaPointer
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.
Replies: 20
Views: 764

Re: US fleet sail before attack on Pearl harbour.

"ships not fully manned"? I was assuming that if the fleet was at sea, the ships would not have a significant portion of their crews ashore like they were on Sunday morning of the attack on Pearl Harbor. You know that sailors weren't automatically granted overnight liberty, right? "Cinderella liber...
by OpanaPointer
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:33 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: US Battleships

Thanks for your replies, Looking at the weight of some of the US ships, its interesting to note that some of the more heavily armed ships 8x16" and 12 x14" ship were built around the 350000 ton mark long before the Treaty limits were imposed, but the RN apparently could not do so later on. 350,000 ...
by OpanaPointer
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: US Battleships
Replies: 8
Views: 573

Re: US Battleships

Never say never.
by OpanaPointer
Sat Jun 06, 2020 9:33 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: Leyte gulf

Another issue, land based aircraft. Ferried in and used to support the landings?
by OpanaPointer
Sat Jun 06, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: Leyte gulf

If both sides used their ships at 100% effectiveness? Without carriers the USN would have been heavy in BBs.
by OpanaPointer
Fri Jun 05, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Leyte gulf
Replies: 16
Views: 921

Re: Leyte gulf

RF wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:20 am
If you take out the US carriers, presumably because they don't exist, then the US carrier construction would be replaced with additional battleship construction, including US battleships with 18 inch calibre guns?
When did we find out the Musashis had "18 inch" guns?
by OpanaPointer
Fri May 29, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Naval Propulsion
Topic: Specs for Bureau Express and Babcock & Wilcox boilers Standard Type Battleships
Replies: 7
Views: 1016

Re: Specs for Bureau Express and Babcock & Wilcox boilers Standard Type Battleships

OpanaPointer wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 10:25 am
history.navy.mil may have the original manuals available. If not inquire with the National Archives.
You may also find archives of BuShips records. Take food and leave a trail of bright pebbles. :cool: