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by Steve Crandell
Sun Apr 06, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hit on POW compass platform
Replies: 124
Views: 30102

Re: Hit on POW compass platform

What I think is that the term "Bridge" is being used by some individuals synonymously with "Compass Platform". Obviously the hit was on the latter.
by Steve Crandell
Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:19 am
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Rosselsprung 1942 actual combat
Replies: 93
Views: 14796

Re: Rosselsprung 1942 actual combat

Ah, thanks. It was the date that I was asking about, but the further info was helpful as well. I'd read that at some point, but I don't remember things as well as I used to.
by Steve Crandell
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:26 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Longest Gunfire Hit
Replies: 48
Views: 56433

Re: Longest Gunfire Hit

... All the claims have been disproved in more recent analysis, IIRC... Japanese records are notoriously overstated. So every claim, huh? I'd like to see the sources for these refuted claims, if you would. Because frankly, this sounds like standard issue Ameriburger butthurt. Can't stand having the...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:19 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Rosselsprung 1942 actual combat
Replies: 93
Views: 14796

Re: Rosselsprung 1942 actual combat

I should add that it was not appreciated at the time how corrosive the fumes from the Explosive D were to fuze mechanisms. The new Mk 19, 20 and 21 fuzes had tighter tolerances in the moving parts than had earlier fuzes and very complex arming mechanisms to enhance bore safety over the previous Mk1...
by Steve Crandell
Fri Apr 04, 2014 3:43 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck's port rudder
Replies: 49
Views: 41364

Re: Bismarck's port rudder

This may sound naive, but I have always thought that I would have tried lowering charges to the starboard area in an attempt to clear debris and attempt to steer with the propelers. That was considered and rejected because they thought they would do more harm than good. I believe the seas made it i...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: Rosselsprung 1942 actual combat
Replies: 93
Views: 14796

Re: Rosselsprung 1942 actual combat

I think a valid point to be made is we can't be sure either way. No formula is going to tell us what would happen in an actual instance, and what did happen once might not happen the same way the next time. There is a lot of uncertainty. We all like to debate the minutia of small differences in prot...
by Steve Crandell
Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit
Replies: 250
Views: 32461

Re: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit

To complicate this solution further, the Hood was turning to port at the time she was struck, thus slowly heeling to port, and having her deck not parallel to the waterplane, but at a few degrees (probably ?), higher than the normal position. Thus obliquity of the attacking shell would be worse, an...
by Steve Crandell
Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit
Replies: 250
Views: 32461

Re: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit

Bill Jurens has a possible scenario on the navweaps reference section concerning how a hit on Hood's 4" magazines was possible without penetrating her main armor belt, and how that could result in the venting seen from her engineering spaces prior to the main magazine explosion, caused by the 4" mag...
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 30, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit
Replies: 250
Views: 32461

Re: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit

This is probably obvious, but just in case I'm going to point it out anyway. Any time you start a starboard turn and then switch to a hard port turn, the heel is going to be a lot greater than if you had just commenced a port turn in the first place. This is because the mass of the upper works has b...
by Steve Crandell
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:10 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit
Replies: 250
Views: 32461

Re: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit

Looks to me like you did a really good job, Paul.
by Steve Crandell
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A ship history : Tirpitz
Replies: 35
Views: 13677

Re: A ship history : Tirpitz

Dave Saxton wrote:Please correct me if I'm wrong anybody.
Makes sense to me.
by Steve Crandell
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A ship history : Tirpitz
Replies: 35
Views: 13677

Re: A ship history : Tirpitz

Antonio,

Thank you for the info, and they were indeed twin mounts as you indicated. However, they were also hand loaded one round at a time. I have seen a photo of them in action, and you can see clearly from the photo you indicated that there is no place for a multi round magazine.
by Steve Crandell
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:37 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A ship history : Tirpitz
Replies: 35
Views: 13677

Re: A ship history : Tirpitz

I believe Bismarck's 37mm were single mounts and also loaded one round at a time.
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit
Replies: 250
Views: 32461

Re: Hood's sinking: the timing of that fatal hit

Prince of Wales loss of speed at 45* rudder was ~ 3 or 4 kts (so 25-26kts in that morning) That seems odd to me. I was on a nuclear submarine that lost about 30% of her maximum speed under full rudder. That's just an estimate from looking at the indicator when it happened, but it dropped very fast....
by Steve Crandell
Sun Mar 23, 2014 5:24 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: KGv without Rodney in the final battle
Replies: 20
Views: 3213

Re: KGv without Rodney in the final battle

If the Germans had increased speed they could have used all of their guns at least part of the time as the ship circled instead of just A&B turrets. I think the command personnel had just given up and weren't really trying to do anything.