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by Steve Crandell
Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: The supposed hit to Scharnhorst's boiler room
Replies: 31
Views: 12826

Re: The supposed hit to Scharnhorst's boiler room

Interesting ideas and a number of reasons for reduced propulsion power.

However, I don't understand why it would be necessary to reduce speed to retain steerage. Ever. The faster you go, the more effective a given rudder is at maintaining course, right?
by Steve Crandell
Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:45 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 968
Views: 87107

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

Considering where the Baron's action station was, he would not have had any first hand knowledge of where Prinz Eugene was, except somewhere he couldn't see. He had been ordered to keep track of the British cruisers.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood Gunnery on May 24
Replies: 109
Views: 17436

Re: Hood Gunnery on May 24

Hi All, Just a quick question, I have read through Captain Ellis's biography again and noted something, he states that he considered Suffolk's tactical role was to follow and flank mark and so had a sailor placed on the appropriate set on the appropriate frequency calling up Hood to be able to repo...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 20, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: How did so many survive?
Replies: 22
Views: 7920

Re: How did so many survive?

... And remember too that most of the incoming shells were coming from the port side, or off the bow, so those on the starboard side aft would have been somewhat shielded. ... Paul I was under the impression that Rodney's short range pummeling was carried out from Bismarck's starboard side, and one...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Mar 17, 2016 1:16 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Sea Dart
Replies: 3
Views: 3293

Re: Sea Dart

Steeve, I agree that the problem should not the same for a CGN which has plenty of power. The gentlemen I am talking about was a sailor on a French 'Escorteur d'Escadre' (built in the 50s). That makes sense. I went overboard in mentioning a CGN and I would expect any CG to have more than sufficient...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Mar 16, 2016 4:50 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Sea Dart
Replies: 3
Views: 3293

Re: Sea Dart

I seriously doubt the Sea Wolf would have those restrictions since the launcher is quite a bit simpler. I'm curious about your friend's statement and whether it includes all SM-1 launchers and ships; some of them Nuclear powered cruisers. I'm a bit skeptical about his implication that a cruiser with...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Mar 14, 2016 3:11 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2
Replies: 23
Views: 9412

Re: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2

The Type 93 was certainly a potent weapon, so much so that the Allies didn't really realize its potential at first. Of course, even the Type 93 had its faults, namely in terms of safety. The crews were extensively trained in safe handling and the tubes were given some protection from splinters; how...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 13, 2016 2:50 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2
Replies: 23
Views: 9412

Re: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2

Okay then, that's one more to how US Early torps suck. As for the best, in terms of killing ships like cruisers and DDs, would I be wrong to count the Japanese Type 93 as a good canadate for one of the strongest torps? I believe that was the best torpedo in the war. I don't think anything else was ...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2
Replies: 23
Views: 9412

Re: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2

VoidSamukai wrote:So basically, until the US Navy got around adressing the problem, their torps were the worst. They could go off course, go off before they reach the target and those that do hit usually dont explode.
You left off running too deep, which may have been the worst problem.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:22 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2
Replies: 23
Views: 9412

Re: Best and Worst Torpedo WW2

The British appeared to have some trouble with their magnetic pistol as well, at least in the case of trying to torpedo HMS Sheffield. Of course, what makes the American case special was BuOrd's initial response in assuming their sub skippers were incompetents who didn't know how to handle torpedoe...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 06, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 44316

Re: Cover up synopsis

Hi Duncan, Leach had in front of him the 2 fore turrets with 5 guns in action before salvo 9, however after three days he wrote 3...... not a great demonstration of competence, if according to Steve he had to wait "someone" in the wardroom to tell him they were 5...... Bye, Alberto Considering what...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 06, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Cover up synopsis
Replies: 623
Views: 44316

Re: Cover up synopsis

Simple explanation. One day Leach thought there were 3 guns in action. Several days later he was talking to someone in the wardroom about writing their official summary and casually mentioned that there were only 3 guns in action and that someone said "No, we actually had 5 in action then". So he co...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:54 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Bismarck firing procedures at DS
Replies: 968
Views: 87107

Re: Bismarck firing procedures at DS

Actually the figures I quoted were from Bill Juren's paper on US Fast Battleship gunnery in W.I. Issue 42 #2 and he references the US Bureau of Ordinance Instruction 2-45 pg 41 which has a table listing NPG Dahlgren testing of the Mark 8 Mod 3 FC radar.
by Steve Crandell
Thu Mar 03, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Greatest admiral of all time
Replies: 217
Views: 118906

Re: Greatest admiral of all time

I have great admiration for Nimitz; he was a wonderful leader and his abilities were well suited to his position commanding the Pacfic Fleet. However, he wasn't in command of any ships employed tactically, and most of the others were. He has to be measured by a different yardstick; one which would i...
by Steve Crandell
Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:40 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: Bismarck 1/100 initial structure
Replies: 109
Views: 63682

Re: Bismarck 1/100 initial structure

Wow! Truly amazing work.