Bill Jurens wrote: To me, the actual path of the torpedo prior to impact remains conjectural.
RF wrote:Bill Jurens wrote: To me, the actual path of the torpedo prior to impact remains conjectural.
Bill, presumably from the position of the attacking Swordfish when it released the torpedo the angle of track would be at something approaching right angles to Bismarck's stern?
Bill Jurens wrote: The rudder stock broke off just inside the outer surface of the collar where the rudder passed through the shell plating.
Bill Jurens wrote:Yes. My observations suggest that the torpedo actually struck -- or exploded very near to -- the starboard rudder. Probably, the starboard rudder was not detached because it was essentially 'end-on' to the shock wave, i.e. had a knife-edge pointed towards the explosion. It ended up getting pushed forward into the propellers. It's my feeling that the port rudder failed because it was 'side-on' to the blast and thus presented a great deal more surface area that the starboard rudder did. To me, the actual path of the torpedo prior to impact remains conjectural.
30knots wrote:Interestingly, no one has commenteted directly on my suggestion about manually turning the port rudder to the exact opposite angle of the damaged starboard rudder, in an attempt to at least giving steering with the shafts alone a better chance. My understanding is divers could indeed access the steering compartment, albeit with great difficulty.
One good example of this is the oft-seen description of the floor plates in the center engine room being displaced about a half-meter, with no reference to whether this represented a permanent or a temporary deflection.
The forward section of the shaft tunnel and the center engine room are recorded as being flooded before record-keeping efforts were abandoned later in the action on 27 May. If the ship was indeed scuttled by flooding the engineering spaces, I would consider the report of "all three propellers still turning" to be improbable.
Bill Jurens wrote:Hello George:
I would very much like to learn more about the survivor testimony you mentioned in your memo, especially regarding the shaft tunnel situation, as these reports are certainly not in agreement with other damage control records. Do you know how many men were involved, how far they actually proceeded into the tunnel, and exactly when their examination was conducted?
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