Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Che_Guevara, Feb 22, 2006.
Let´s have a look, hehe :wink:
Second pictutre a U Boat attempts to torpedo her and instead ends up with a killer headache
damm the torpedo's, give me an asperine :grin:
euhm :-? , who did say "damm the torpedo's"
"Damn the torpedoes" was spoken by Union Navy ADM David Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay in Aug, 1864. There is a floating marker on top of the USS Tecumseh which struck the torpedo (called mines today) and sank as the Union Fleet made its move passed Fort Morgan and into the bay.
so, if i understand your post correctly, torpedo's in those days were called mines in these days
Exactly. The torpedoes were made of watertight wood barrels and were submerged just under the low tide water level. They had anchors holding them in place.
When a vessel came along and hit it, a striker would puncture a primer inside the barrel setting off the explosive.
They looked similar to a beer barrel with spikes sticking out of it.
Makes one wonder what the intention was.
It is dazzle camoflage - it makes it very hard to tell what course the ship is on. It worked very well, if U-boot captains are to be believed.
That might be even more migraine inducing than the Nebraska!!
Also, on a serious note. When viewed from a distance the pattern helps very effectively to break up the ship's outline, making it difficult to spot at all.
There's never a herd of zebras around when you need them! :wink:
Indeed. It was felt that if such patterns could make shooting more difficult for the U-boat commanders, it was worth trying.