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by culverin
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: RAF Singapore Auxiliary vessel "Aquarius' sunk 15.2.42 - crew names?
Replies: 1
Views: 59

Re: RAF Singapore Auxiliary vessel "Aquarius' sunk 15.2.42 - crew names?

Michael, welcome to this valuable resource. I am not certain how much i can help regarding individuals in RAFA Aquarius but i can give you some details on the vessel. Built by W. J. Yarwood & Sons in Nantwich, Cheshire as yard number 346 being launched 14th February 1934. She immediately conducted t...
by culverin
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Ships sunk in port by aircraft attacks
Replies: 6
Views: 2588

Re: Ships sunk in port by aircraft attacks

10th December 1941. USS Sealion SS 195. Cavite. On this date the first US warship after the carnage of Pearl Harbour had subsided was sunk in the conflict when the USA and Japan became belligerents. Others between the 8th and 10th had also been lost either scuttled or captured but Sealion became the...
by culverin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: flashless cordite
Replies: 5
Views: 2624

Re: flashless cordite

Difficult to quantify the term flashless, in this action Norfolk was the only 8" of the trio and this may have had some bearing on her misfortune leaving her the unfortunate recipient.
by culverin
Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Ship Models, Plans and Drawings
Topic: HMS EXeter post Graf Spee shell hits 'drawing/s'?
Replies: 4
Views: 5953

Re: HMS EXeter post Graf Spee shell hits 'drawing/s'?

Kev, if i could also advise, Bill is being incredibly modest here as in the current edition of Warship 2018 he has contributed an extensive article titled - Under the guns: Battle damage to Graf Spee, 13 Decmber 1939 of 22 pages. This follows 17 pages by Alan Zimm, a tactical analysis of the battle....
by culverin
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:21 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Recommendation of Victoria Cross.
Replies: 5
Views: 4370

Re: Recommendation of Victoria Cross.

Lt Cdr Gerard Roope was CO of HMS Glowworm sunk in action with the Hipper 8th April 1940.

Please follow this link for more details
www.hmsglowworm.org.uk
which includes a copy of the supplement to The London Gazette detailing the award of a posthumous VC to Lt Cdr Roope.
by culverin
Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:42 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Recommendation of Victoria Cross.
Replies: 5
Views: 4370

Recommendation of Victoria Cross.

Recommendation of Victoria Cross for Cdr C E Glasfurd (deceased) and Lt Cdr J F Barker (deceased) for action against German battlecruiser Scharnhorst: not approved. This is in file ADM 178/334 in the British National Archives (TNA), Kew. Many individuals in this forum and others have expressed const...
by culverin
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Regarding Hood at DS : a new article
Replies: 11
Views: 9798

Re: Regarding Hood at DS : a new article

Thanks for your interest Thorsten and Alberto, the brief statement i made re transposing the shell and magazine rooms in Hood's 3 half sisters is covered in detail by Ian Sturton, Cancelled Sisters: The Modified Hood Class, which comprised Anson, Howe and Rodney, Warship 2010, pp 96 - 102. Maybe you...
by culverin
Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: Regarding Hood at DS : a new article
Replies: 11
Views: 9798

Re: Regarding Hood at DS : a new article

Some revisions. That is an understatement. When an author fails within 3 paragraphs to recognise the correct Armoured Cruisers lost in catastrophic circumstances at Jutland, with their entire complements, ones faith diminishes somewhat. Defence and Black Prince were the pair. Warrior was a very slow...
by culverin
Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Movies, Films, Documentaries and Games
Topic: Documentary on Hood
Replies: 2
Views: 3064

Re: Documentary on Hood

Yes Paul, i also watched this episode. An hour well spent. This programme was made for any layman to easy understand in 1 hour the history of Hood and i can only give credit to all involved, irrespective of your depth or lack of knowledge. It did not dwell on her demise. It was the final of 4 episod...
by culverin
Sat Oct 22, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Military History and Technology
Topic: Barbary Pirate raids on England and Ireland
Replies: 4
Views: 6424

Re: Barbary Pirate raids on England and Ireland

The Barbary coast inhabitants over the centuries have caused many ructions to Europeans. And the USA. Thanks Tommy303, your links still function, most enlightening. Apparently, the US Department of the Navy, founded 30 April 1798, was a direct result of political issues in that part of N Africa. The...
by culverin
Fri Oct 07, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Zerstorers
Replies: 5
Views: 5615

Re: Zerstorers

As with all destroyers built in the 1930's, larger calibre guns did not guarantee any positive results in action. Unlike their larger cruiser brethren, the effort in manpower involved simply getting the shell from shell room / magazine to the breach was strenuous, even with fit men in a well drilled...
by culverin
Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: World Navies Today
Topic: USS AMERICA CV 66
Replies: 2
Views: 5049

Re: USS AMERICA CV 66

With CV-66 now 3.2 miles down, intact, upright, 400 miles west of Bermuda, her namesake has entered service. Is Bermuda that far from the States. Just checked. So it is. Further in fact. USS America, LHA-6, is lead ship of a new amphibious assault ship class, a number of which are planned. Sister LH...
by culverin
Sat May 21, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: A ship history : Seydlitz
Replies: 4
Views: 8586

Re: A ship history : Seydlitz

How much bearing might the loss of sister Blucher on 9 April 1940 have had on the decision to suspend further work on Seydlitz, bearing in mind the final incomplete unit Lutzow had been sold to the Soviets previously. The exploits of both Admiral Hipper and Prinz Eugen are well documented, the 8" cr...
by culverin
Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Depth Charges Aboard HM cruisers 1939-45
Replies: 13
Views: 7026

Re: Depth Charges Aboard HM cruisers 1939-45

Further evidence of DC's being carried is in the log of HMS Naiad. 22 May 1941, whilst evading extensive bombing which was to last all day, at 1147 Naiad jettisoned her depth charges. Derived from 'The man around the engine', by Vice-Admiral L Le Bailly, a Lt (E) in Naiad from build to loss. This to...
by culverin
Sat Aug 22, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Depth Charges Aboard HM cruisers 1939-45
Replies: 13
Views: 7026

Re: Depth Charges Aboard HM cruisers 1939-45

Most British Royal Navy cruisers up to the Improved Dido and Colony classes carried 1 single depth charge rack with 5 charges maximum on the starboard quarter and 15 depth charges. None ever carried any form of D C thrower(s). Consequently no pattern as such could be launched. Apparently at the Rive...