August 20, 2010

Name This Mystery Ship


No hints, no clues save one: she came to a tragic end.

The first person to guess correctly will win a post on a topic of their choice.  Leave your guess in the comments!

UPDATE: Reader flatdarkmars wins the contest, and has requested another "name that ship/plane/waffleiron/whatever" post.  Look for that to come soon!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 09:31 PM | Comments (7) | Add Comment
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1 Ship recognition is not my strong suit.  I was going to guess the USS Hammann, but the port holes in the bow look wrong.  How about the USS Warrington DD-383?

Posted by: Siergen at August 21, 2010 12:05 AM (jMQcx)

2 That's certainly a strange configuration for a ship. But it's a bit hard to tell for sure because I'm having a hard time telling what's the ship, and what's on the shore behind it.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at August 21, 2010 12:37 AM (+rSRq)

3 Siergen got it right the first time.  DD-412 Hammann.  Fourth picture from the top:

http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/412.htm

Posted by: flatdarkmars at August 21, 2010 01:27 AM (zxqxC)

4 Really?  What happened to the row of portholes on the bow, halfway between the waterline and the main deck?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Hammann_DD-412_completed_1939.jpg

Did they weld the port holes over later on?

Now as to that "a topic of their choice", you'll write a post about anything?  I'll have to ponder that a bit.  With great power, comes great responsibility...

Posted by: Siergen at August 21, 2010 11:59 AM (jMQcx)

5 D'oh!  I just realized that flatdarkmars is the one who said my first guess was right, not Wonderduck.  I think I may need to get new reading glasses...

Posted by: Siergen at August 21, 2010 04:19 PM (jMQcx)

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Siergen: that would be my guess.  Given that US Navy did the same to other ships in the early days of Big Mistake #2, it would hard to imagine her not receiving the modification.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at August 21, 2010 11:12 PM (OQ3pW)

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The 'snake-skin' type paint scheme was a bit unusual for US ships even during WW2, but there is a photo of a destroyer with similar paint scheme in Richard Frank's Guadacanal.

C.T.

Posted by: cxt217 at August 21, 2010 11:15 PM (OQ3pW)

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