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by Fatboy Coxy
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:31 pm
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles
Replies: 20
Views: 891

Optimum speeds for destroyers in gun battles

Hi all, destroyers, the glamor boys of the Navy, what everyone wanted to be in, with their dashing high speed attacks, their torpedo suites, a serious threat to even the biggest of battleships, and present at just about any and every sea battle. So dangerous were they that you had to have a destroye...
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:02 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Broadsides
Replies: 5
Views: 397

Re: Broadsides

Did the introduction of the earlier, somewhat fragile, radar sets, cause Navies to try and stagger the broadside, hoping to limit the ship vibrations and not damage the radar sets.

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Fatboy Coxy
by Fatboy Coxy
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: RN USN and IJN ships
Replies: 9
Views: 1121

Re: RN USN and IJN ships

Ok, mostly using Wikipedia and NavWeapons, I’m just looking at the matchup between Britain’s worst active battleship and Japan’s for the opening six months of the Pacific War, although both navies had been engaged in war for the previous nearly four and a half years in Japan’s case, and well over tw...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Dec 01, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: US and IJN heavy cruisers
Replies: 3
Views: 202

Re: US and IJN heavy cruisers

The Takao's are ten years older, give or take a bit, than the Baltimore's, bit unfair I think The armour on the Baltimore's is thicker in most parts The American gun is better, giving a AP penetration of 6 inch belt armour at 20,000+ yds, while the Japanese gun is only penetrating 4.7 inch at just u...
by Fatboy Coxy
Fri Nov 27, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Emergency hull repairs while at sea
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Re: Emergency hull repairs while at sea

Clearly a credit to the ships architect and builders for the construction of a ship so well compartmented. I wonder how much spare timber might be carried by a ship for emergency bracing, and just how low and accessible it might be stored in a ship. Back in the days of the wooden ships, they must ha...
by Fatboy Coxy
Fri Nov 27, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: A Force Z What If

Thanks guys, ok further questions OK so Kondo attacks, the Kongo's close to visible range, 20,000 yds and open fire on the two big RN unit, one a piece. The Destroyers charge in hard, the British destroyers charging out to form a screen. How far out do the RN destroyers go from the PoW/Repulse to fo...
by Fatboy Coxy
Fri Nov 27, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Emergency hull repairs while at sea
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Re: Emergency hull repairs while at sea

Thank's OpanaPointer
by Fatboy Coxy
Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Hypothetical Naval Scenarios
Topic: A Force Z What If
Replies: 10
Views: 505

A Force Z What If

Hi all, a simple ‘What If’ based on the composition of Force Z and the Japanese ‘Main Body’ covering force meeting. Force Z is commanded by Vice Adm Sir Tom Phillips HMS Prince of Wales, battleship HMS Repulse, battle cruiser HMS Electra, destroyer HMS Express, destroyer HMS Tenedos, destroyer HMAS ...
by Fatboy Coxy
Tue Nov 03, 2020 10:30 pm
Forum: Naval Technology
Topic: Emergency hull repairs while at sea
Replies: 5
Views: 1258

Emergency hull repairs while at sea

Hi all, certainly in Nelsons time, and possibly throughout the years of sail, emergency hull repairs could and were undertaken while at sea, by fothering. This was the practice of wrapping a sail around the bottom of the hull, being fastened on either side of the ship, hoping the pressure of water t...
by Fatboy Coxy
Mon Nov 02, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: World War II
Topic: The numbering of British Field Armies in WW2
Replies: 0
Views: 259

The numbering of British Field Armies in WW2

Hi all, can anyone shed light on the numbering of British Field Armies in WW2, was there a rhyme and reason, why didn’t they follow the convention of WW1, ie First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth?

Regards
Fatboy Coxy
by Fatboy Coxy
Fri Sep 18, 2020 8:51 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Re: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner

Yes, along with the RAF commander, Pulford, when their heavily overcrowded launch ML 310 was beached in a sinking condition.
by Fatboy Coxy
Wed Sep 16, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner
Replies: 3
Views: 277

Officer characteristics from the diary of Megan Spooner

Hi all, how seriously can we take observations about people’s characters from personal diaries. I came across a passage from Megan Spooner’s diary referring to the senior officers in Singapore in 1941. Megan Spooner, nee Foster, a famous soprano, was the wife of Rear Admiral ‘Jackie’ Spooner, who ar...
by Fatboy Coxy
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95

I remember you have been keen on rebuilding this antique oddity for WWII, but there would have been an awful lot to do. Hi wadinga, yes it is part of me exploring what could be done to the ship on a rebuild. getting rid of the 5.5-inch guns and that massive tripod mast and control room would have g...
by Fatboy Coxy
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Re: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95

HMS Hermes Tub.jpg
Apologies for the poor art work, but this is what I am talking about
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by Fatboy Coxy
Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:19 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95
Replies: 5
Views: 474

Bathtub Sponson above Bridge of HMS Hermes 95

Apologies if this isn’t the correct terminology but it’s the best description I can give it. There is a bathtub like sponson above the bridge of HMS Hermes 95, does anyone know what it was used for?

Regards
Fatboy Coxy