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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:04 pm    Post subject: mystery ship Reply with quote

I cannot figure out the image that is thrown down to me in this thread on another BBS.

Please ignore my rantings over there. I act like a child on that board :)

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 3:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sometimes come in useful. My memory told me HV (two letters for the name) was a French usage, and after a minute of checking, she is apparently the French destroyer "Hova".

"Arabe" Class - http://www.battleships-cruisers.co.uk/arabe.htm

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How did you work this investigation? I was struck by her manifestly British appearance. I can see why the Japanese would make something with British features, but I did not expect this to be a French ship.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I noticed your comments regarding our fine British naval constructors. The DNC obviously had no qualms about using child labour!

The thing which struck me about the destroyer in the picture was that it acutally had an enclosed bridge - a luxury the Royal Navy seemed to think perverse and frown upon until they started converting destroyers into A/S frigates in the 50s . I assumed it was foreign, remembered the recognition markings and just had a quick glance through the French destroyer classes on battleships-cruisers.com

You should have a go at the Mystery Ship Quiz over at the World Naval Ships forum - always a bit of fun flicking through Jane's, Breyer or Parkes to bide the time!

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know, enclosed cabs on British steam locomotives were not common at all, either. There was enough there to keep the driver from blowing off the foot plate, and that was it.
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