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by paul.mercer
Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: American SH shells - Famed or Folly
Replies: 12
Views: 4705

Re: American SH shells - Famed or Folly

Gentlemen,
Without wanting to start another ship v ship discussion, would the US super heavy shells have penetrated Yamato or Musashi's armour at any range and while we are on the subject, would their 18" shells easily penetrate the armour of an Iowa?
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 30, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: It's up to you
Replies: 3
Views: 436

It's up to you

Gentlemen, I was going to put this plea in the ‘Off Topic’ part of the forum, but as it mainly applies to the ‘Bismarck General Discussion’ bit I decided to put it there. Gentlemen, Yet another thread has been locked because some of the posts got out of hand with unacceptable comments. I don’t know ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: FYI: meaning of the notation of the draft measurements during Bismarck’s trial runs, fall 1940
Replies: 28
Views: 753

Re: FYI: meaning of the notation of the draft measurements during Bismarck’s trial runs, fall 1940

Marc, Thank you very much for posting this. So, if I understood that correctly, for the famous speed trial of 29 October, 1940, we have the following data: Draft forward: 8.5 / 4 = 9.85 meters. Draft aft: 8.8 / 4 = 9.80 m meters. Mean draft: 9.825 meters, which corresponds to a displaced volume of ...
by paul.mercer
Fri Aug 23, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History
Replies: 59
Views: 8982

Re: Battleship Bismarck: A Design and Operational History

There have been, over the years, a large number of attempts to in some way calculate or quantify things like the 'staying power' of a ship. Some attempts concentrate on offensive capabilities, others on defensive capabilities, i.e. essentially resistance to damage, and others on some combination of...
by paul.mercer
Tue Jul 30, 2019 9:35 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 3970

Re: Matapan

Fellow Contributors, The point of a forum is surely discussion and possibly argument. Not to constantly lock threads to no purpose, simply because there is some dissension. My original question was about the ships and the battle and we are still discussing a ship, submarine Ambra and its part in th...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jul 26, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Matapan
Replies: 73
Views: 3970

Re: Matapan

Gentlemen, Thank you all for your input. However, once again this topic seems to be going the way of many of the others before it, some of which have been locked. My original question was about the ships and the battle, if it is going to get to the point where no one will agree and start arguing wit...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling
Replies: 6
Views: 996

Re: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling

I should say that this incident happening during the seizure of the Italian tanker Sangro by HMS Cavina. Cavina was relieved by HMS Camito, which my grandfather was on, and the two ships began their journey home. Both the Camito and Sangro were torpedoed and sank on the way, however. An inquiry was...
by paul.mercer
Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Naval History in General
Topic: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling
Replies: 6
Views: 996

Re: Legality of measures to prevent scuttling

If the case in question is definitely proven and not just a story made up by the survivors of the tanker, then it is totally unacceptable to open fire on a boat that has survivors aboard,this was proven by the conviction for murder of one or two U boat captains after WW2, I believe that this sort of...
by paul.mercer
Mon Jul 08, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turrets
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Re: Turrets

Hi Paul, I recommend that you obtain a copy of "The Big Gun - Battleship Main Armament 1860-1945" by Peter Hodges. Both the 16in triples of the Nelson Class and the 14in quad turrets of the KGV Class shared certain distinguishing characteristics. [ 1 ] Both designs were prodigiously heavy ( 2x the ...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Turrets
Replies: 3
Views: 771

Turrets

Gentlemen, While not wanting to reopen the debate about the foibles of the 14” guns on the KGV’s I wonder why that compared with the tried and trusted twin 15” the triple and quad turrets gave so much trouble? It has been reported else ware that the ‘Nelsons’ initially had problems with their triple...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3721

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen, Re the 'shell casings, were 8" shells complete with brass cases (like a bullet) or were they a shell plus cordite bags? If they are the latter, would the 'casings' be what I believe were sometimes referred to as 'Clarkson cases'? The KM used a brass case for the main propellant charge bu...
by paul.mercer
Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Lion class battleships
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Lion class battleships

Gentlemen,
Were the proposed RN Lion class battleships compatible with the US Iowa's in strength and firepower?
by paul.mercer
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:04 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait
Replies: 78
Views: 3721

Re: Some questions about the battle at the Denmark Strait

Gentlemen,
Re the 'shell casings, were 8" shells complete with brass cases (like a bullet) or were they a shell plus cordite bags? If they are the latter, would the 'casings' be what I believe were sometimes referred to as 'Clarkson cases'?
by paul.mercer
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10746

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Gentlemen, This topic is going the same way as 'PoW's readiness for active service' and other topics before it, Is it not time to shut this one down as well as we appear to be going in circles without any definite points being made and no definite conclusions arrived at with only increasingly hostil...
by paul.mercer
Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: More on KGV Class main armament problems
Replies: 318
Views: 10746

Re: More on KGV Class main armament problems

Hi Paul, you wrote: "I find it difficult to believe that two people were 'sleeping' during the battle..." of course I was joking and underlining the fantasies I have read recently on this forum... Please see examples here (http://www.kbismarck.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8556&start=285#p84182) an...