January 29, 2012
My guess is that it's a destroyer, destroyer escort, or frigate. The flag looks Dutch, but my searching didn't turn up a match of any sort. I guess it could be a cruiser, but it seems like the armament is awfully light for that.
Name the ship and if Vauc can verify that your guess is correct, you win a post on a topic of your choice! As usual, I won't write about politics, religion or pr0n... anything else is free game. Have at it, y'all!
Posted by: flatdarkmars at January 30, 2012 12:26 AM (I55Es)
For some time, I've been looking for a ship photo with the idea of stumping Wonderduck. I figured the photo had to be from an off-line source - so I was pleased to find this photo, framed in an antiques store. I initially thought it wasn't online anywhere, but was wrong about that.
Just six hours from posting to solving - the power of the hive mind.
"The ghost ship." Now why wasn't there a counter for it in Victory in the Pacific, like the De Ruyter?.
Posted by: V. Duck at January 30, 2012 10:39 AM (XVJDy)
Apparently I was the only person who didn't know that this was the Tromp. I have an e-mail from Siergen who named it correctly, but admitted to imagesearching for it. I received a textmessage from Brickmuppet two minutes before FDM posted his comment, naming the Tromp.
However, since FDM was the first to leave his guess in the comments, he gets the "prize." Name your post... or should I assume you want another "Name This Mystery Ship"?
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 30, 2012 01:12 PM (OS+Cr)
If you think the Tromp was lightly armed for a cruiser, you might want to take a look at HMS Delhi following her 1941 refit in the US, or the Capitani Romani class as built. Heck, Tromp's sister might even qualify.
Posted by: cxt217 at January 30, 2012 07:03 PM (JMzrv)
Posted by: Wonderduck at January 30, 2012 07:31 PM (f/6aJ)
Posted by: cxt217 at January 30, 2012 08:38 PM (JMzrv)
Posted by: flatdarkmars at January 31, 2012 12:04 AM (I55Es)
Posted by: justjoe at April 18, 2012 06:57 AM (N80Xh)
A lot of them do get sold. An American WWII light cruiser was sold to Argentina, who renamed it "General Belgrano". It was sunk by a British submarine during the Falklands war.
But if they can't be sold, usually they're torn apart so the steel can be recycled. Thousands of tons of scrap steel is worth quite a lot.
Sometimes they are ditched in a ship's graveyard, left at anchor to rust away.
Some get taken out to sea and deliberately sunk with scuttling charges. Sometimes this is done to create attractions for scuba divers, in service of the tourist industry. Sometimes they do it in hopes of starting coral reefs.
A few are turned into floating museums.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 18, 2012 09:06 AM (+rSRq)
Sadly, being recycled for razor blades will be the fate of USS ENTERPRISE (CVN-65). As much anyone would like to preserver her as a museum ship, the cost and effort involved in removing 8(!) nuclear reactors will leave the ENTERPRISE suitable for nothing else when she decommissions after her current deployment.
I do like the idea of trying to save her island, since that is the most iconic and identifiable part of her. It is a lot easier than saving the entire ship.
Posted by: cxt217 at April 18, 2012 10:34 AM (Y/p7u)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at April 18, 2012 01:19 PM (+rSRq)
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