September 14, 2012

Name This Mystery Ship XX

My internet connection has been gone for most of the past two days, so now that I'm back, it's time for a Mystery Ship in celebration... and it may be a doozy.

FDM and CXT, don't sprain your hands diving for the keyboard... you two can't play for 24 hours (or 1130pm Central Pond Time on Saturday).  Everybody else, no image searching or the like, one guess per person, have at it!  Winner gets a post of your choice.  Good luck!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 11:32 PM | Comments (16) | Add Comment
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1 Wild ass guess: USS Franklin, after it returned from Okinawa. But I'm probably wrong; it would have more apparent damage, and it would have a list.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 14, 2012 11:44 PM (+rSRq)

2 No, I just looked and I'm not even remotely close to being correct. Your ship isn't an Essex.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 14, 2012 11:53 PM (+rSRq)

3 The Graf Zeppelin?

Posted by: jon spencer at September 15, 2012 06:51 AM (hFoyt)

4 I was close, but not correct. I found out what it really was after I guessed the G.Z..

Posted by: jon spencer at September 15, 2012 06:54 AM (hFoyt)

5 Is that the CV-4 USS Ranger being decommissioned?

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at September 15, 2012 08:45 AM (T5fuR)

6 Heh, nope.  That was a surprise.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at September 15, 2012 08:46 AM (T5fuR)

7  Aquia? (sp?) 

Posted by: Brickmuppet at September 15, 2012 12:35 PM (e9h6K)

8 Muppet's the winner!  The ship is the Regia Marina's Aquila, a mostly-finished-but-never-completed aircraft carrier, converted from a passenger liner.  Near as anybody could tell, it would have been a decent enough carrier with 40-50 fighter/bombers that were actually considered better than the Bf109T the Germans were planning for the Graf Zeppelin

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 15, 2012 01:11 PM (OS+Cr)

9

Looking over all the passenger-liner-conversion-to-carrier proposed or started (I do not think any Navy other than IJN ever finished a conversion.), I amazed at how slow the Junyo and Hiyo were, even in the original civilian incarnation.  I guess that is a result of not having any ships involved in the North Atlantic passenger trade, with a shot at the Blue Riband.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at September 15, 2012 02:05 PM (juwHe)

10 I did notice how narrow the flight deck was. I guess that should have cued me to the fact that it was a mutant.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at September 15, 2012 04:34 PM (+rSRq)

11 Funny, Mauser... BUT USE THE FERSHLUGGNER LINK BUTTON.

Posted by: Wonderduck at September 15, 2012 11:44 PM (yqnY1)

12

 I did notice how narrow the flight deck was. I guess that should have cued me to the fact that it was a mutant.

I think that is more a matter of perspective from where the photo was taken.  Most Japanese fleet carriers had narrow flight decks on par with what the Aquila was converted with.  Quite a few carriers in other navies of roughly the same displacement had flight decks of fairly similar width - heck, there were carriers with significantly larger displacements that had decks only slightly wider.

C.T/ 

Posted by: cxt217 at September 16, 2012 11:41 AM (juwHe)

13 It's the nose that confused me with the CV-4 Ranger.

Posted by: Tom Tjarks at September 16, 2012 11:46 AM (6+fmF)

14 Damn, sorry about that WD.  Wasn't thinking.

Posted by: Mauser at September 16, 2012 01:01 PM (cZPoz)

15 Master Duck, just do your stuff.  Any researched artictle from you is excellent.  (Yes, I'm still sort of searching for my old man's LST number....)  My bad.  But you go, bro!

Posted by: The Old Man at September 17, 2012 01:28 PM (dBz2M)

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