culverin wrote:Thanks for pointing out that error Simon. Poor planning on my part.
It should read,
Director control was moving rapidly onwards and it was their half sister Neptune where it was first fitted in the fore top.
Additionally, to further clarify this, Neptunes director was the first to be retained after installation, in December 1910.
Previously, gun directors had been in Hero, Africa, Good Hope and Bellerophon, then all removed.
Hercules and sister Colossus had theirs installed later in 1915.
simonharley wrote:Byron, does the person in question specifically state that the director gear wasn't operational? I'm rather loath to trust Fawcett & Hooper after I discovered a number of discrepancies in the account of Lion's gunnery officer.
One of the battle cruisers didn't use director firing at Jutland because it had only been recently installed and the captain didn't want to use it. One of the 12-in ones. For the life of me I can't find the reference - must be in Max Arthur's stupidly named "Lost Voices from the Royal Navy".
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