Photo Quiz #2

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Photo Quiz #2

Postby José M. Rico » Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:37 am

Identify this ship, where, and when.

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Postby Ulrich Rudofsky » Thu Dec 09, 2004 12:15 pm

HMS Royal Ark, Cammel Laird Yard, Birkenhead, 13 April 1937.
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Postby Gerard Heimann » Thu Dec 09, 2004 2:13 pm

Very good as usual, Ulrich, but what time of day?

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Postby Ulrich Rudofsky » Thu Dec 09, 2004 4:05 pm

Gerard: You are really asking for a lot. It looks to me like it either early in the morning or late afternoon. The ship must be facing south to be launched into the Mersey. Right? So it is late afternoon????? It would be nice to know when high tide was on 13 April 1937. The Mersey has very high tides in the spring: 10 m. I give up!
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Postby ufo » Thu Dec 09, 2004 5:53 pm

Impressive detail! Before you figure out who the guy with the yellow tie and the funny socks is, who stands to the next of the lady in blue, allow me to voice a tiny, tiny doubt. It looks so close! But then – there are two incy wincy details that puzzle me:

The openings in the bow! Ark Royal had them but they stood closer together – they looked more or less like one with a traverse in between.

And I think Ark Royal was launched with her catapults in place and I think they did overhang the flight deck a wee bit!? No sign of a catapult here!

It is not a Colossus for it has three bow anchors.

But it is British and it is big. For these two features I would throw a member of the Illustrious class into the ring.

I admit that is far less precise than Ulrichs suggestion but may be closer :think: ?

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Postby Ulrich Rudofsky » Thu Dec 09, 2004 8:24 pm

I have to agree with UFO that the picture is not of the Royal Ark launching. See photos at

http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/hms_ark_royal.htm
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Postby José M. Rico » Fri Dec 10, 2004 8:22 am

NO, that photo is not of the Ark Royal.

Photo of Ark Royal's launching attached here; see differences.

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Photo. The launching of the Ark Royal on 13 April 1937.

Final answer coming soon but keep trying.

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Postby ufo » Fri Dec 10, 2004 10:17 am

Hey, don't rush it!
I admit we are back to square one but there is hope left :?

Illustrious class?
That would leave us with the which one, where and when to sort out ... only!
Oh gosh - I am so useless when it comes to carriers :(

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Postby ufo » Fri Dec 10, 2004 11:20 am

Not that we have not tried everything :wink: ; I'll throw in:
HMS Illustrious at Vickers Barrow in Furness at April 5th 1939.

I am sure it is not HMS Indomitable but for the other Sisters ... well, bit of an educated guess.

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Postby Javier L. » Sat Dec 11, 2004 5:38 pm

What about the HMS Victorious?

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Postby Ulrich Rudofsky » Sat Dec 11, 2004 10:34 pm

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Postby José M. Rico » Sun Dec 12, 2004 9:14 am

OK guys, it seems that by now you all agree it is an Illustrious Class aircraft carrier and that is correct. :ok: All we need to know now is which one?

Illustrious, Victorious, Formidable, Indomitable, Implacable, Indefatigable?

Final answer posted tomorrow.

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HMS Illustrious

Postby José M. Rico » Mon Dec 13, 2004 8:47 am

and the mystery ship is… the HMS Illustrious, aircraft carrier of the 1936 Programme, launched at the Naval Construction Works of Vickers-Armstrongs Limited, Barrow-in-Furness, on April 5, 1939. The launching ceremony was carried out by Lady Henderson, the wife of Admiral Sir Reginald Henderson, G.C.B., who had been, Third Sea Lord and Controller of the Navy.

Ufo was right from the very beginning.


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