September 04, 2010

Name This Mystery Ship IV

While I am working on the post that Siergen won for identifying the HMS Unicorn last time around... he selected a topic I know next to nothing about... here's another possibility for someone to win their very own post on a topic of their choosing!  Name this ship:

Winner gets a post on a topic of their own choosing... hopefully not one as difficult as Siergen's, but pretty much anything is free game!

I'm hoping this one is difficult... if it's not, you guys are even more obsessive than I am!

UPDATE: Okay, maybe it was still "easy."  Only took about four hours for Pete Z to come up with the Wakamiya, a seaplane carrier of the IJN.

She's best known as the ship that launched the world's first naval-launched air raids (against German targets in Tsingtao) on September 5th, 1914... 96 years ago today.  In a way, this humble 8000 ton vessel with its four seaplanes and canvas-and-metal hangars is the direct predecessor of today's 104000 ton, 85 plane Nimitz-class carriers.

Funny how these things happen, isn't it?

Posted by: Wonderduck at 07:21 PM | Comments (5) | Add Comment
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1 I think I found it, but since you're still slaving over my last topic  , I won't post a guess in this contest unless no one gets it by Tuesday night.

Posted by: Siergen at September 04, 2010 09:29 PM (WLKpA)

2 Wakamiya.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 04, 2010 09:56 PM (9KseV)

3 My guess may have been derived from the same set of blueprints (it was laid down a few years after this ship), but yours looks like an exact match, while mine had several differences.

Posted by: Siergen at September 04, 2010 10:36 PM (WLKpA)

4 Pete wins... name your topic, Pete!

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 05, 2010 12:29 AM (blg68)

5 My guess derives from typing "seaplane carrier" into Google and then looking at pictures. It only took 10 minutes, but only after I wasted hours trying to match hull design to various IDs and even AKs. I thought it was one of the conversions, I forgot what they were called.

Please post the wrap-up of Rocket Girls that you teased a bit over 3 years ago (thought about asking Oh Edo Rocket, but I doubt you watched that).

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at September 05, 2010 08:35 AM (9KseV)

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