August 08, 2011

Name This Mystery Ship VII

Interesting one for y'all tonight...

Take a guess, get it right, win a post!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:41 PM | Comments (15) | Add Comment
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1 Takao class decoy?

Posted by: Brickmuppet at August 08, 2011 09:49 PM (EJaOX)

2 If I was going to guess a time and place, I'd guess England in 1943 or early 1944, during the build up to Normandy. This looks like the naval equivalent of all the inflated rubber tanks which made up most of the "strength" of FUSAG.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 08, 2011 11:00 PM (+rSRq)

3 OT: You gonna be going to see this movie

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 08, 2011 11:34 PM (+rSRq)

4 Steven, saw Senna back in March.  It's great. 

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2011 06:00 AM (KBBJ+)

5 Actually, I just noticed that it's a sillhouette. I bet it was built in southern California to allow Navy pilots to practice torpedo runs.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2011 11:07 AM (+rSRq)

6 I'm not having much luck coming up with info on this one.  But it sure looks like a Myoko class to me, although the Takao is very similar.  I would agree that it's probably a training device of some kind.

Posted by: David at August 09, 2011 05:10 PM (ttXyi)

7 If you're volunteering a post for the winner, does that mean that work is no longer consuming most of your time?

Posted by: Siergen at August 09, 2011 05:45 PM (H+DyV)

8 Did I come close enough to win?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2011 07:07 PM (+rSRq)

9 Well, I did say "name this mystery ship," but I'll let it slide.  Name the topic, Steven, and remember: no pr0n, no politics, no religiosity.

Siergen, actually it's getting worse.  We'll be exactly two weeks away from the start of classes on Wednesday, and I feel like I'm bailing out the Titanic with a colander.

Still, the Regional Manager was in today and he's pleased with how things are going.  But dear merciful heavens, is it gonna be long.  I get one day off between now and the 27th.

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2011 08:12 PM (KBBJ+)

10 This was a tough one.  At least two of us were able to guess at several pertinent details "training target, Takao class", and in Steven's case, "Southern California."  Yet that wasn't enough to get google to cough up the details.  I'm tempted to keep playing with keywords to see if I can come up with it without actually using the name.

Posted by: David at August 09, 2011 08:32 PM (Kn54v)

11 Please write about the PBY Catalina, which was involved in the war before Pearl Harbor (it helped chase down the Bismarck) and still working hard after the cease fire, helping rescue the survivors of USS Indianapolis.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 09, 2011 09:11 PM (+rSRq)

12 Twist my arm, Steven! 

David, lemme know what you come up with.  I just stumbled upon it a few months back while looking up something else.  "Hmmm, lessee... that's good to know... uh-huh... what the hell is that?"

Posted by: Wonderduck at August 09, 2011 09:49 PM (KBBJ+)

13 "wooden ship lakebed" or "wooden ship muroc" come up with a link to a page about Edwards AFB that mentions the Muroc Maru by name.  But even a search on "muroc maru" doesn't come up with anything extensive, and I haven't found the source of your image.  Interestingly, most of the pages I've found claim it was a mogami class heavy cruiser, but that doesn't match your image at all.

Posted by: David at August 09, 2011 10:16 PM (Kn54v)

14 Even though I didn't win the free post, you might want to consider a response to the following:

Posted by: David at August 10, 2011 01:52 PM (ttXyi)


I was trying to see if there was an online copy of ONI's recognition guide for Japanese ships to see if the Muroc Maru appeared in it, but no such luck.  On the other hand, ONI's guide for German ships can make for an amusing read, especially the self-deprecating humor.

Posted by: cxt217 at August 10, 2011 02:46 PM (eMOxS)

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