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by KevinD
Mon Aug 10, 2015 9:47 am
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: HMS Hood Bell Recovered from the wreck!
Replies: 15
Views: 5465

Re: HMS Hood Bell Recovered from the wreck!

José M. Rico wrote:HMS Hood Bell Recovered from the wreck!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HG4YWMwkAvA
Great, repeat GREAT, stuff! :ok:
by KevinD
Mon May 18, 2015 11:51 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: PoW & Repulse wrecks being plundered
Replies: 2
Views: 4480

Re: PoW & Repulse wrecks being plundered

The following is a post made yesterday (18/5/15) on a scuba diving message board. Guess its a lot easier for the Malaysians to be harassing divers than going after the real culprits! Are we the last group to dive the Repulse? What a trip! 11 of us from Wales, England and Gibraltar set out from Heath...
by KevinD
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: PoW & Repulse wrecks being plundered
Replies: 2
Views: 4480

Re: PoW & Repulse wrecks being plundered

paulcadogan wrote::evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

What can be done to stop this??

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... sives.html

Unfortunately, very little. :(
by KevinD
Mon Apr 06, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Bismarck General Discussion
Topic: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait
Replies: 2254
Views: 120672

Re: The Court Martial for the Denmark Strait

Please don't say again that PoW was just opening range, as the smoke screen ordered at around the same time (see photos) is a clear indication of the intention to just.....run away. I would hardly call a tactical withdrawal as ‘running away’ but you seem intent on using this term, seemingly with th...
by KevinD
Thu Apr 02, 2015 1:53 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck Wreck Salvage
Replies: 113
Views: 117666

Re: Bismarck Wreck Salvage

As an after thought, did not the British Government authorise the salvage of the Russian gold bullion from the wreck of the Edinburgh? Yes they certainly did! When loot is involved, and it suits the Governments fancy, it seems the 'war graves' issue goes right out the window. So am I (and others wh...
by KevinD
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?
Replies: 43
Views: 17778

Re: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?

I asked some questions elsewhere and turned up the following info from a Japanese researcher; According to the book Nihon Suirai Senshi (History of Japan´s Torpedoes- published by Rekishi Kanko Kyokai ) <日本水雷史、木俣次郎、歴史刊行会> written by professor Kimata Jiro of Tokyo University, the IJN torp research te...
by KevinD
Thu Mar 19, 2015 1:04 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?
Replies: 43
Views: 17778

Re: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?

So, I am still left wondering why, if oxygen was removed from the Long Lance equation so to speak, then why are Long Lance’s considered any more volatile than any other (IJN or other navies) torpedo? Was the explosive material the IJN used for their LL warhead particularly more volatile than any ot...
by KevinD
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:38 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?
Replies: 43
Views: 17778

Re: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?

The risk factor related to the use of pure oxygen was (insofar as my reading has progressed on the topic) was not so much related to an outright explosive burst of the high-pressure flask as it was the piercing of same by fragments. The emitted stream of pure oxygen under high-pressure would greatl...
by KevinD
Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:21 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?
Replies: 43
Views: 17778

Re: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?

Biggest negatives I see about the Long Lance was it volatility of the weapon to enemy fire. I've often wondered if it would have been better for the Japanese Heavy Cruisers to have a less volatile if perhaps less well performing torpedo on deck as opposed to the LL. On Destroyers and even light cru...
by KevinD
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:22 am
Forum: Naval Weapons
Topic: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?
Replies: 43
Views: 17778

Re: Rodney torpedoes compared to Long Lance?

The Type 93 "Long Lance" oxygen torpedo was a MUCH more powerful torpedo. Its exact specs (there were several variants) can be found on the web, but, if memory serves, the LL would travel 20,000 yards @ 50 knots while carrying a 50% heavier warhead; its maximum range at reduced speed setting was so...
by KevinD
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:22 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck Wreck Salvage
Replies: 113
Views: 117666

Re: Bismarck Wreck Salvage

In England some parts of the Indian community do display the swastika within their own community, for them it has a different meaning and pre-dates its hijacking by Hitler. That does not offend me, they should have free right of expression. Exactly! The Nazi's hijacked the swastika (a 'auspicious' ...
by KevinD
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:42 am
Forum: The Wreck of the Bismarck
Topic: Bismarck Wreck Salvage
Replies: 113
Views: 117666

Re: Bismarck Wreck Salvage

P.S: The person called Bismarck may be male, but the Bismarck is female, just like all other ships, airplanes, and vehicles. I think you will find that the Germans referred to their warships in the masculine, that is 'he', not she. If I am not mistaken, on orders from Hitler no less. And I might ad...
by KevinD
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Yamato + Musahi - Damage taken
Replies: 74
Views: 25835

Re: Yamato + Musahi - Damage taken

Yes, I think the POW class was a bit weak in underwater defenses compared to other modern battleships. Not because of that one hit, but because it's voided area was a fair amount thinner than most other vessels of it's class. Given that only one of PoW's four hits (and a relatively inconsequential ...
by KevinD
Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:37 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: BATTLE OF SAVO ISLAND--AUG.1942
Replies: 26
Views: 7257

Re: BATTLE OF SAVO ISLAND--AUG.1942

>>>>>The first of a series of naval battles around Guadalcanal, the defeat at Savo Island saw the Allies lose four heavy cruisers and suffer 1,077 killed PLUS TWO USN Admirals .>>>>>> Aurora, re underlined above, I don't recall two admirals being killed at Savo? If my memory serves me well it was l...
by KevinD
Wed Dec 03, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Naval History (1922-1945)
Topic: Has anyone located the wreck of KM Karlsruhe
Replies: 6
Views: 3561

Re: Has anyone located the wreck of KM Karlsruhe

RF wrote:
culverin wrote:Doubtful if any efforts will be made to find her remains.
Unless the likes of Robert Ballard can be persuaded.
Unfortunately, Ballard has stated numerous times that he will no longer search for 'modern' wrecks, but concentrate on very old wrecks, i.e. many centuries old as it were.