March 03, 2013

Name This Mystery Ship XXIII

Here ya go, the first Mystery Ship of 2013:

Take your best shot!  Remember, no cheating... winner gets a post of their very own (no pr0n, religion or politics, though).  One guess per customer.  Post no bills.  Winners warm up with Malt-o-Meal.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:51 AM | Comments (26) | Add Comment
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1 That looks pre-Dreadnaught.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2013 10:25 AM (+rSRq)

2 It does, doesn't it?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 10:29 AM (8xjaN)

3

Posted by: Tiberius at March 03, 2013 10:54 AM (97M8h)

4 Tiberius, is that a guess?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 11:34 AM (8xjaN)

5 fdm, I deleted your comment only because of the spoiler.  You've got weird tastes in ships, though.  :-)

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 11:35 AM (8xjaN)

6

It's an educated guess:  Steven inadvertently gave me the clue.  It was that odd tapered mast; I knew I'd seen it before.  And it's obviously pre-Dreadnaught, but just barely so, as it already has turrets.

A glass of wine with lunch helped:  Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon.  A million years ago, I lived about five miles from where Steven lives now.  Every summer, during the Rose Festival, my folks would take me to that park to see the ships during Fleet Week.  On land, there was a monument to the USS Oregon... consisting of that odd mast.

1+1=3.  Indiana Class.

Posted by: Tiberius at March 03, 2013 11:55 AM (97M8h)

7 It's not "Name This Mystery CLASS," Tiberius, it's "Name This Mystery SHIP."  Got a guess on the name of the ship?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 12:26 PM (8xjaN)

8

Ah.  That would indeed be a guess, so I shall not.

Too bad, really. Wanted to share about my visual novel... got the idea from reading about Katawa Shoujo on your blog.

Perhaps next time!  Make sure you keep picking ships that have been in parks I've frequented.

Posted by: Tiberius at March 03, 2013 12:31 PM (97M8h)

9 Hmmmm....Tricky Duck is tricky.

That is a replica of the Indiana class Battleships that was built for the Chicago Worlds Fair. The ship was designed using the then current plans for the ships which were finished yet, so it still had the conical turrets that were replaced with roomier models in the final design and it had higher freeboard the ships were designed with before extra armor and drafting errors reduced the actual ships freeboard to about 12 feet.

HA!

Wait...
It's NAME that ship.
You want a name.
IT HAD A NAME?

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It was the Columbia exposition and 'Columbia' was the 19th century equivalent of "America-Tan" and ...I'm going to go with Columbia.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at March 03, 2013 02:41 PM (EDjsP)

10 The main turrets aren't right for USS Oregon. They have slanted walls, and the Oregon's turrets were cylinders. But you're right that the mast is the same.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2013 02:41 PM (+rSRq)

11 Brickmuppet, is it a scale model?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2013 02:43 PM (+rSRq)

12 I'm sorry, Muppet, you're not correct on the name.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 02:45 PM (8xjaN)

13 (One of the reasons it looks pre-Dreadnaught is that the hull is longer at the waterline than it is at the deck. That was something that changed in the post-Dreadnaught era.)

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2013 02:51 PM (+rSRq)

14 @ Steven: That was due to two things. The hulls had tumblehome which increased their stability in normal conditions and the bows were designed to be used as Rams.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at March 03, 2013 02:58 PM (EDjsP)

15

This is a stretch for me, but since Brickmuppet suggested it was a replica of the INDIANA-class battleships, that it was named INDIANA?

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at March 03, 2013 05:21 PM (3sPDg)

16 Okay guys. After reading half of the Internet, I know what this is. I haven't been able to find the picture itself, but the story is sooooo juicy that I am absolutely certain that it would tickle Wonderduck's fancy.

Posted by: Pete at March 03, 2013 07:01 PM (RqRa5)

17 CT, your stretch fell short.  This is not the Indiana.

Pete, go on...

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 07:42 PM (8xjaN)

18

Hmmm...Okay.

Actually, Pete, the photo is surprisingly easy to find.  You do not need to go to any sites specializing in that stuff - I found it in under a minute.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at March 03, 2013 07:52 PM (3sPDg)

19 Your google-fu is more powerful than mine. I can't figure it out.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2013 08:15 PM (+rSRq)

20 Very well. With our host's permission, I'm declaring Illinois: a 1:1 exhibition replica of a battleship.

At first I thought that one of Indiana-class battleships was later refit with conical turrets. However, it proved not the case. And the naval history sites said that there was no space.

Posted by: Pete at March 03, 2013 08:28 PM (RqRa5)

21 I have a certain aversion to Wikipedia, so I didn't look there initially. But if you go to the article about Illinois, the picture is right there. As CXT says, it should take less than a minute.

Posted by: Pete at March 03, 2013 08:31 PM (RqRa5)

22 *ding* We have a winner!  Made of bricks, concrete, chicken wire and 2x4s, I actually found out about it via Wikipedia's article on the Indiana (BB-1)... there at the bottom of that page is a link to Battleship Illinois (replica)

So yeah, not exactly a ship... so sue me.

Pete, whatcha want?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 08:48 PM (8xjaN)

23

"...not exactly a ship..."

You did that once before IIRC: That target in SoCal.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at March 03, 2013 09:57 PM (+rSRq)

24 Yes, the Muroc Maru.  Ain't I a stinker?

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 03, 2013 10:04 PM (8xjaN)

25 Funnily enough, it would be much easier if I actually read the comments, because Brickmuppet called it precisely - except the name. But I only glanced diagonally to see if the contest was already won and Brick's comment slipped my attention. I do remember weird formatting. ^_^

This is a big prize and I recall Ken going a bit beyond what I anticipated. I don't know squat about U.S. Navy, and Russian/Soviet Navy seems somewhat insignificant by comparison, lacking bright episodes. Sinop? Deep in 19th century. Survival Sch-303? U-boats saw the same. F1 is sort of played out as a topic. So, anime then. But I don't want to hoist something that is not appreciated, like GA. I'm going to punt on it a bit. How about go down your favourites and review a series that wasn't yet featured? Anything goes, like Library War or whatever.

Posted by: Pete at March 03, 2013 11:27 PM (RqRa5)

26 I can do that... a personal favorite that I've not yet reviewed.  Got it.

Posted by: Wonderduck at March 04, 2013 04:42 AM (8xjaN)

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