June 23, 2011

Name This Mystery Ship VI

While we wait for my brain to function long enough to complete the battlecruiser post, I figured I'd give you folks a treat... another Mystery Ship contest!  Here's tonight's contestant:

Name the ship, win a post!  Operators are not standing by to take your call.

Posted by: Wonderduck at 10:41 PM | Comments (8) | Add Comment
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1 Arrgh!  Why did you post this so late on a weeknight?  I have work tomorrow! 

Other than what appears to be a workshop or offices built on top of a pre-Dreadnaught battleship or cruiser, I've got naught so far...

Posted by: Siergen at June 23, 2011 11:27 PM (/P7QN)

2 The best I can come up with the USS Kearsage or Kentucky after conversion to a barracks or receiving ship.  I can't find any photos or write-ups for this, but several bow details seem to match.

And now, a few hours sleep before I need to go to work....

Posted by: Siergen at June 23, 2011 11:49 PM (/P7QN)

3

The bow looks like WWI.

I assume that the part at the rear that sticks out on the side is a latrine, right?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at June 23, 2011 11:52 PM (+rSRq)

4 USS Prairie State (IX-15), better known as USS Illinois (BB-7).

Posted by: flatdarkmars at June 24, 2011 01:39 AM (zxqxC)

5 flatdarkmars does it again.  Name your post, sir, or should I just do another one as usual?

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 24, 2011 06:24 AM (n0k6M)

6 Why did they feel the need to leave all that steel buried underneath an office building for thirty years?  Couldn't they have used all that armor-quality steel in some more productive fashion?

Posted by: Mitch H. at June 24, 2011 09:31 AM (jwKxK)

7

Mitch, that's simple: it's not an office building.  After the USS Illinois was changed to the Prairie State, she was also converted to become an armory ship.

That armor is, presumably, containing cordite, shell and shot by the thousands of tons.  It probably wouldn't do much good if it all went up, but it's likely better than nothing.

Posted by: Wonderduck at June 24, 2011 09:53 AM (OS+Cr)

8 Hmmm your topic is... something to do with German surface commerce raiders in either the 1st or 2nd World War... I'll leave it fairly non-specific so you have some latitude to pick something interesting.

Posted by: flatdarkmars at June 24, 2011 12:13 PM (zxqxC)

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