Battlewagon Wednesday – 17 Jun 2009

‘I sank the Bismarck but only found out 59 years later’: British pilot learns of his place in history: Swordfish pilot who hit the Bismark’s rudder only found out it was him in 2000. Not really sure how this could have been a mystery for so long.

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Group set to salvage parts of battleship Yamato

Despite jaw-dropping costs and immense technical difficulties, business leaders here plan to salvage parts from the sunken World War II imperial battleship Yamato…Panel members said they hope to at least raise the 2,780-ton main guns and the front portion of the hull, which they say bear distinctive Yamato characteristics.

Are they kidding?

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Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus: Okay, this is only battleship-related because a BB makes an appearance at about 0:39 of the trailer:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa7ck5mcd1o

We watched this last night. The megashark eats the battleship. Seriously. It was the USS Missouri. Mighty Mo is devoured, but Debbie Gibson somehow manages to survive. I was hoping to have a screenshot of a battleship with a big bite out of it, but apparently the special effects budget didn’t allow for that.

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Economy struggles prevent repairs to the Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina is rusty and will stay that way for a little longer.

According to Executive Director of the War Memorial, Dave Scheu, the bottom of Battleship is rusting because it has been 52 years since the bottom of the ship has been worked on.

And here’s a few photos of USS Battleship North Carolina and Wilmington NC

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HMS Dreadnought Wallpapers

Murdoc likes this one:

HMS Dreadnought

HMS Dreadnought

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Finally, I’m not really sure what this is about: Liz Brown’s happy battleship painting

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Comments

  1. And here I thought it was absurd when John McClane shot down a helo with a crown vic. What truly amazes me is-
    1. Someone thought this movie was a good idea.
    2. Someone filled it with C list “actors” the likes of “Renegade” and an MTV teeny bopper mall queen no one’s heard from in 20 years.
    3. Someone cut a check for this nonsense.

  2. “Despite jaw-dropping costs and immense technical difficulties, business leaders here plan to salvage parts from the sunken World War II imperial battleship Yamato…Panel members said they hope to at least raise the 2,780-ton main guns and the front portion of the hull, which they say bear distinctive Yamato characteristics.”

    NO NO NO NO!
    They’re going to NEED those there in a hundred and ninety one years!

    Regards the torpedo hit on KMS Bismark: It may have been testimony from Bizmark survivors that they only looked at in ’99…perhaps someone noted the numbers on the plane that landed the hit.

  3. I have to admit when I recently saw that black buster monster movie in one of the haji shops on base the other day………. I gave it a pass. Hard to believe…………..I know.

  4. “2,780-ton main guns”

    Did I read this correctly? It seems like a lot of weight just for the 18-inch guns.

  5. Toejam, gun turrets are heavily armoured, after all (a) a battleship on which the main turrets will be disabled early into a battle is not so useful (those ships can survive a lot of hits from smaller guns) – after all there are only three of them – and (b) a hit on a turret which is in the process of being loaded with powder and possibly with the blast doors open could be a catastrophe.

    Also of course the guns themselves are heavy because they have to handle the massive pressured generated by firing the shells and do it thousands of times.

    I don’t know how thick the armour on the turrets is but I imagine it’s several feet of steel.

  6. RE the shark/octopus movie…..

    “We watched this last night.”

    I’m shocked to find out that it is an actual film. I thought it was just an Internet joke!

    James

  7. I’m shocked to find out that it is an actual film. I thought it was just an Internet joke!

    Oh, no. It’s real. It’s as bad as the trailer makes it look. But for a B-creature movie, it’s definitely fun.

  8. Here we go. The Bismarck’s turret armour varied in thickness from 130mm to 360mm (0.42 – 1.18 feet). This was equivalent to about 400mm of US Battleship armour (1.31 feet) presumably because it was a superior alloy. That’s a large volume of steel!

    http://www.kbismarck.com/proteccioni.html

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