Bismarck Turret Installation Photos

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Re: Bismarck Turret Installation Photos

Post by 30knots » Sat Apr 26, 2008 12:53 pm

I'm probably missing something here, but i can't see how a 'pole', swung out from the hull and suspended by wires, can 'guard the propellers'

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Re: Bismarck Turret Installation Photos

Post by Terje Langoy » Sat Apr 26, 2008 2:25 pm

Imagine the Scharnhorst entering Kiel by night. In the harbour, there's a lot of buoys floating around. Common for all of these buoys is that they're all connected to a heavy weight at the bottom, moored by a chain, a wire or whatever they would use for that purpose. In either case, say the ship pass close by one of these at night, just close enought to trade paint, there is a fair possibility that the wire, chain, etc could actually get tangled up in one of the propellers. But if a propeller guard were present to push the buoy clear of the hull as it passes by ...
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Re: Bismarck Turret Installation Photos

Post by 30knots » Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:01 pm

Terje, i like the style of your posts. Thanks.

I think you've got it. I always wondered what those 'poles' were.

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Re: Bismarck Turret Installation Photos

Post by rtwpsom2 » Fri May 29, 2009 8:16 am

It was my understanding that these were meant to keep the rear of the hull from being pushed up against a quay, thereby reducing the risk of damage to the propeller. The cables that held it in place never went below the water.

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