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From Drachinifel at 2022-09-28 12:00:27

The USN Pacific Submarine Campaign - The Struggle is Real (Jan'42 - Jun'42)

Today we take a look at the first half of the second year of the USN's pacific sub campaign, things are getting better, but the Mk14 continues to dog progress. Sources: www.amazon.co.uk/Unrestricted-Warfare-Officers-Submarine-Victory/dp/047138495X www.usni.org/press/books/silent-victory www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Service-World-War-Submarine/dp/1636241263 www.amazon.co.uk/Sink-Em-All-Submarine-Warfare/dp/1387400738 Footage from US National Archives video codes: 428-NPC-629/2740/13396/14159/15499/15514/15888 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-25 18:03:24

The Drydock - Episode 208 (Live Segment) - 25th September 2022

The very delayed stream answering Patreon Alt-History and What-if's, then general questions

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-25 13:22:24

The Drydock - Episode 214

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:48 - Spaced armour and decapping plates? 00:10:41 - Why did the Soviet Union consider designs that followed treaty restrictions when it was not a party to the naval treaties? 00:13:42 - Pugliese system effectiveness? 00:19:31 - Could Operation Tungsten's air attack from HMS Victorious and HMS Furious have sunk the Tirpitz? 00:25:52 - Were lightning strikes a serious problem for wooden sailing ships in a storm? 00:29:18 - Would it have been possible to make Jeune École work with subs and coastal battleships rather than cruisers and torpedo boats? 00:34:58 - Did the Union have the same troubles enforcing the blockade on the CSA as the French had on the Germans? 00:38:36 - Hull condition of a ship in reserve vs active use? 00:43:10 - Which was a bigger logistical and industrial challenge? The deployment of range finders and fire control systems in the run up to and during WWI, or RADAR in WWII? 00:48:02 - What was done for hearing protection on WW era battleships? Was it just assumed that all the gunners would be deaf more or less immediately? 00:49:32 - How would a Ceiba Cargo Ship fare in terms of shipping during the Age of Sail? 00:52:55 - British gun calibre changes? 00:57:34 - Gun barrel cooling? 01:01:32 - Was there a 'hunt' for Prinz Eugen? 01:03:18 - Did prize rules apply to RN operations on land? 01:06:30 - How many museum ships share a name with an active warship?

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-24 12:00:07

Elizabeth Jonas - Guide 303

The flagship galleon of the early Elizabethan Navy is today's subject. Read more about the the ship here: https://threedecks.org/index.php?display_type=show_ship&id=4068 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-Edward-Mary-Records-Society/dp/1409418472 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Warships-Age-Sail-1603/dp/184832040X https://www.amazon.co.uk/First-Rate-Greatest-Warships-Sail/dp/184832071X Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a medal? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-21 12:00:11

Naval Darwin Awards - When IQ is inversely proportional to displacement

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we take a look at a few incidents where you are left wondering who exactly put some of the officers involved in charge? 00:00:00 - Intro 00:02:14 - Clarifications 00:04:00 - Admiral Won Gyun 00:08:49 - Admiral Plumridge 00:13:03 - Operation Wikinger 00:19:05 - Admiral Anson's Voyage 00:23:09 - The Admiral who thought he was a navigator 00:27:37 - The WW2 German torpedo debacle 00:33:15 - The Battle of Drepana Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-18 11:50:02

The Drydock - Episode 213 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:34 - Effect of beam limits on capital ship design? 00:08:10 - USS Marblehead damage? 00:10:03 - HMS Cavalier and the bridge chicken? 00:11:18 - Navy taking over from the Army out of exasperation? 00:13:58 - Salvaging carriers from Pearl Harbour? 00:17:30 - VTE/Turbine mixed propulsion? 00:19:52 - What ships throughout history have been suspiciously good at roles they weren't designed for? 00:21:38 - Luigi Biancheri? 00:24:56 - If Queen Victoria is still alive for the dreadnought race leading up to WWI do you think the funding of such an arms race happens on her watch? 00:28:25 - Rinehart's Battle Report books? 00:31:45 - Mini-Des Moines? 00:35:22 - Carrier-less Allied operations? 00:38:19 - Unprintable commments by Somerville? 00:39:26 - Russian gunpowder at Tsushima? 00:42:24 - Most compartmentalised ship? 00:45:24 - Warspite/QE class gun accuracy 00:49:24 - French Expedition to Ireland of 1796 00:54:17 - Early naval rockets? 00:58:06 - Renown-style Lexington's with better armour? 01:02:44 - Are their any instances of large warships having their main battery upgraded or replaced in the post-ironclad era? 01:05:51 - What exactly was the Brodie system? 01:08:41 - Shore bombardment setup on USS Missouri? 01:10:47 - Armouring ships before the ironclad era? 01:14:09 - 1860's/70's cannon testing? 01:16:16 - The loss of the Chokai 01:19:25 - Why was the Salt Lake City such a successful ship? 01:21:26 - How to aim a carronade? 01:23:12 - Wooden box on the front of Japanese torpedoes? 01:25:17 - How was powder supplied to a ship of the line in battle? 01:27:00 - Carrier ops in heavy seas? 01:30:31 - Radar equipped PT boats? 01:32:12 - Earliest know naval engagement? 01:35:31 - Differences in sea trials? 01:38:47 - Did the various European naval powers have any fears or concerns about socialist/communist sentiments among the enlisted men during WWI and the years leading up to the war? 01:41:00 - Where did the planning for the naval bombardment of Omaha beach go wrong? 01:45:53 - Atlantic Wall surface search radar? 01:48:14 - Age of Sail ships and their timbers?

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-17 12:00:15

MN Bougainville - Guide 301

The Bougainville class avisos of the French Navy are today's subject. Read more about the the ship here: The Colonial Sloops of the Bougainville Class - Warship 2016 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conways-Worlds-Fighting-Ships-1922-1946/dp/0851771467 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a medal? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-14 12:00:32

Cordite and Poudre B - Why things start exploding at just the wrong time

Today we chat with an expert in chemistry to discern some of the science behind why British 1900's era cordite and French 1900's era Poudre B had a worrying habit of exploding inappropriately. Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-11 12:05:00

The Drydock - Episode 213 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:35 - When and how did the Kriegsmarine figure out that the Allies were using Hedgehog AS weapons? 00:04:12 - 18th century mortar bombs 00:07:32 - Admiral King and grey uniforms? 00:09:43 - USN Machinist Mate rank? 00:13:07 - What was the best destroyer class of WW1? 00:17:10 - Tudor era breech loading cannon? 00:22:58 - More consistent USN command after 1st Savo? 00:26:04 - US Coastal fortifications in the early 19th century? 00:31:00 - Longer barrel 5"/38? 00:36:12 - Why did Admiral Nishimura not wait for Admiral Shima at Surigao Strait, and would it have made a difference? 00:39:42 - Visualising a battleship calibre shell hit? 00:47:14 - IJN officers aggressive training but passive results? 00:53:17 - Operation Catherine or Churchill's seeming dislike of the R class? 00:58:29 - USS Texas and VTE's 01:01:33 - Best way to investigate a naval career? 01:04:17 - What could the IJN have done to oppose Operation Downfall? 01:07:20 - Standardized range tables and penetration probabilities for main battery naval guns in WWII? 01:09:25 - Why the US fleet was planning to send the older standard battleships to engage Yamato versus sending the newer fast battleships? 01:12:00 - WW1 era flying platforms 01:15:44 - What ship design should not have worked, but wound up having the best career or most significant impact on a battle? 01:18:14 - Battleship convoy escorts? 01:21:15 - What is the best source on the radio experiments of Adm. Jackson? 01:23:00 - If ABDA Command was an international fleet that didn't quite work, what's your best example of a combined fleet that did? 01:26:15 - Design choices for ships limited by natural resources? 01:28:41 - Why are the senior officers of a command referred to as the brass? 01:30:06 - Do Royal Navy vessels stock demonstrably more tea than those of other navies? 01:31:06 - Sinking of the Chiyoda and the lack of rescue? 01:33:05 - What are your thoughts on Admiral Yamamoto? 01:36:33 - What went so wrong at a time when the English were starting to standardise their building and design? 01:40:09 - What were the lessons learned on Aircraft Carrier Crews of the US Navy until the end of WW2? 01:42:37 - Why were so many countries so patient with the Barbary states for so long? 01:47:01 - How were battleship barrel liners fitted into the barrel itself? 01:49:45 - How do you interpret flooding figures given in damage reports? 01:54:30 - Which class or type of vessel from the WWI-WWII period had the most success in a role other than that for which it was originally intended? 01:56:02 - In WWII and modern day, capital ships have battle groups around them. Was there anything like this in the age of sail, with First Rates paired with lesser ships, or was it get the Ships of the Line in a, well, Line and blast away? 01:57:56 - Concentration of force or engage along the line? 02:02:12 - Has there been any mutual job shadowing (similar to a student exchange) between the navies in the inter war years? 02:04:28 - How much did the pre-dreadnoughts allowed Germany in the Versailles treaty effect future Reichsmarine and Kreigsmarine ships? Did any design features (or flaws) from them sneak into later designs? 02:06:27 - Since it was possible to spot freefalling bombs, did AA gunners attempt or succeed at shooting them out of the sky? 02:09:33 - Could Hood outrun Nelson and Rodney in reverse? 02:11:22 - What is the point of wing turrets? 02:14:59 - If the KGV's had been built as Lions instead (as they might have been in the year each KGV was commissioned), do you think there would have been any difference in how major events played out? 02:18:43 - Were there enough gunners to man every cannon on an age of sail ship or were there just enough to cover only one side (port or starboard) at a time? 02:21:52 - HMS Scylla vs HilfsKreuzer at night? 02:24:29 - Why are there only two access points to the Turrets of the Iowa's, under the Barbette/Magazines and the Turret Bustle? And was this common or did some Classes allow access through a higher deck? 02:26:59 - I believe that in my childhood I heard of people packing utensils into canister rounds during the age of sail, is this really true? 02:31:38 - How are Hedgehog's fired? 02:33:41 - How do the 5 in/54 guns used on Midway and planned to be used on the Montanas compare to the 5 in/38’s in the anti-air - anti-surface trade off? 02:36:28 - AA weapons that suffered in an anti-surface engagement? 02:40:31 - If the Luftwaffe tried their own version of Operation Starvation against the U.K. in WW2 instead of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, how would this have affected the Battle of Atlantic? 02:43:47 - How would the Naval aspect of WW1 change if the Royal Navy and Imperial German Navy swapped radio practices? 02:47:35 - USN perceived a threat from Germany in 1900-1910? 02:52:54 - Hiryu's forces encoutering SBD's on their way home? 02:57:03 - Differing 5"/38 mounts on the same ship?

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-10 12:00:23

HMS Spartan - Guide 300

Today we look at HMS Spartan, one of the Bellona sub-class of the overall Dido class cruisers of the British Royal Navy. Sources: www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-Wars-After/dp/1848320787 www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruiser-Warfare-Lessons-1939-1941/dp/1526747634 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-War-Two/dp/0853683042 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-07 12:00:09

USS Salem - Last of the heavy cruisers

Today we take a look at some of what's on offer aboard the first ship on this years tour of American museum ships, USS Salem. Visit them here! - https://www.uss-salem.org/ https://united-states-naval-shipbuilding-museum-107458.square.site/ Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-04 13:00:37

The Drydock - Service Interruption

A quick explanation as to why there is no Drydock this week.

From Drachinifel at 2022-09-03 12:10:30

USS Ranger - Guide 299

The USS Ranger, the US Navy's fourth aircraft carrier, is today's subject. Read more about the the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Aircraft-Carriers-Illustrated-History/dp/0870217399/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/American-British-Aircraft-Carrier-Development/dp/1557503826 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a medal? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-31 12:00:01

SMS Seydlitz at Jutland - How to survive being a 25,000t Piñata

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we take a look at just how much damage the famous German battlecruiser Seydlitz took during the Battle of Jutland Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Battlecruisers-World-War-One/dp/1848322135 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-German-Battlecruisers-Michele-Cosentino/dp/1848321848 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Skagerrak-Battle-Jutland-Through-German/dp/1783831235 00:00:00 - Intro 00:02:15 – Caveats 00:07:21 – Opening moves 00:09:51 – The Run to the South (Battlecruiser Action) 00:18:29 – The Run to the South (The QE’s arrive) 00:22:17 – The Run to the North (Early Action) 00:24:58 – A Brief Interlude 00:25:39 – The Run to the North (Fighting the QE’s again) 00:30:19 – The First Mina Fleet Action 00:31:41 – Escape and Evasion 00:32:31 – The Death Ride 00:37:54 – A Final Action 00:44:22 – A Fight for Survival Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-28 12:00:36

The Drydock - Episode 212

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:44 - Given their general design preferences and tendencies to experiment and tweak as well as their strategic requirements, if the French had been prescient and rich enough to build a few carriers in the 1930s, what do you think they might have looked like? 00:04:16 - Mythbusters and splinters 00:06:26 - Crippling a first rate with one salvo? 00:09:31 - Can you recommend a source for maritime traditions/customs and law? 00:11:05 - Scaling the answer of a test? 00:20:19 - KGV armour thickness? 00:26:05 - Did the Polish Navy ever have plans to make a Coastal Battleships like the Finnish Ilmarinen? 00:29:00 - When and why did drydocks sides go from stepped to slabsided? What was the advantage of either? 00:33:26 - What contemporary ironclads could CSS Stonewall realistically beat in battle? 00:37:22 - Has there ever been any definitive and reliable sources listing why Bismarck's main guns knocked out it's own radar and why this was not detected prior to her sailing? 00:42:37 - There are photographs where war-time censors have removed radars from WWII USN warships. Are there any other examples of censors removing a specific weapon system but have still allowed the picture to be published? 00:44:03 - How effective would 16" HESH be against a given capital ship in, say, 1942? 00:46:37 - Ships hit by shore batteries in the WW2 Pacific Campaign? 00:48:15 - Centreline AA turrets? 00:51:32 - Future-proofing ships? 00:57:31 - Did anybody look at designing a WWI monitor around a large high angle howitzer or mortar? 01:01:49 - 18th century mortar bombs and fusing?

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-27 12:00:12

Type 1936A / Narvik class - Guide 298

The Type 1936A class destroyers of the Kriegsmarine are today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Warships-1815-1945-One-Surface/dp/B001W0OEJ0 https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Destroyers-World-War-II/dp/1853675407 https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Destroyers-World-War-Two/dp/1557503028 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-26 18:00:32

Bismarck and the James Cameron Expedition - What it actually says vs what you hear on the internet

The first 1,000 people to use the link will get a 1 month free trial of Skillshare: https://skl.sh/drachinifel08221 Whilst 'the James Cameron expedition' is often cited by people as proof of certain claims about Bismarck, today we're going to look at how those claims match up against the actual report. Report in full here: https://drachinifel.squarespace.com/s/The-Wreck-of-DKM-Bismarck-A-Marine-Forensics-Analysis-1-The.rar 00:00:00 – Intro 00:02:01 – Bismarck and claims about the Cameron Expedition 00:09:47 – Bruno Turret and it’s backplate 00:13:18 – Shell gouges on the armour belt 00:17:45 – Machinery spaces un-breached? 00:23:06 – No holes in the main belt armour? 00:25:37 – No penetration of the armoured deck/survey of the whole armoured deck? 00:32:56 – Torpedo defences intact/no evidence of torpedo damage? 00:41:48 – Torpedoes exploding prematurely? 00:44:14 – Scuttled or sunk? Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-24 12:00:24

Operation Neptune - They come by sea!

Today we look briefly at the naval element to D-Day, who led it, which ships were involved and what they did on June 6th 1944. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Operation-Neptune-1944-Seaborne-Campaign/dp/1472802713 https://www.dday-overlord.com/en/d-day/timeline https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-ii/1944/overlord/operation-neptune.html https://www.amazon.co.uk/Operation-Neptune-B-B-Schofield/dp/1844156621 https://www.usni.org/magazines/naval-history-magazine/2004/june/gallant-destroyers-d-day https://www.amazon.co.uk/D-Day-Minute-Jonathan-Mayo-ebook/dp/B00ICO1NQG US National Archive Videos: 111-ADC-10421 428-NPC-4239 428-NPC-4288 428-NPC-4334 428-NPC-20784 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-21 12:00:35

The Drydock - Episode 211

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:35 - What is the actual relationship between a captain and an admiral on his ship? 00:05:36 - Where is/was the line for gross insubordination drawn, and how loose were the boundaries on it? 00:13:14 - How common is it for promotions in the navy to be back-dated to a certain earlier time point? 00:18:47 - Especially efficient ships? 00:21:23 - Why were USN 6" shells slower than other contermporary equivilants? 00:26:46 - Lexington vs Kaga in a gun duel? 00:28:21 - Side vs Vertical funnels on carriers? 00:32:18 - How did the woodern fin's on the Japanese torpedo bombers torpedo's help them from burying themselves into the sea floor at Pearl Harbour? 00:40:29 - Channel Fleet in WW1? 00:44:55 - If the Hornet (CV-8) had been taken as a prize at Santa Cruz, would the IJN have had the technical, infrastructural, or systemic capacity to copy her equipment & technology, or even recommission her for Japanese service? 00:47:28 - Is appropriate to credit the I-19 with the most effective single torpedo salvo in history? 00:49:08 - Did German U-boat commanders know that they were being located with HF/DF? Did they take countermeasures like dummy nonsense transmissions that looked like legit U-boat communications? 00:53:16 - Fast transports for the Med? 00:55:49 - Are the Glorious records the only aircraft carrier loss records sealed for 100 years and how "muddy" are the facts relating to that event? 01:01:45 - “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" what does that mean? And also how good of an admiral would you consider him? 01:05:51 - Channel Admin

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-20 12:00:21

HMS Janus - Guide 297

HMS Janus, a J class destroyer of the British Royal Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Destroyers-Frigates-Second-World/dp/1526702827 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destroyers-Royal-1893-1981-Maurice-Cocker/dp/0711010757 http://www.hmscavalier.org.uk/F53/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kellys-Class-Destroyers-World-War/dp/186176166X https://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/4450.html Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-17 12:00:20

The Regia Marina - Submarines, Souda Bay and the Black Sea

Today we take at a number of topics regarding the Regia Marine, the Italian Navy, with a returning guest Italian historian, with some interesting facts coming to light! You can find their channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kkfernet (Giulio Poggiaroni) Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-14 12:32:20

The Drydock - Episode 210

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:39 - Was there much in the way of piracy in the North Sea and Baltic during the age of sail? 00:05:39 - Were the plans to refit the E class cruisers? 00:10:52 - Is there a semi realistic what if scenario where any pirates active in the 1800s could in some way have gotten ironclad vessels allowing piracy to continue for awhile longer? 00:14:52 - How effective were land based anti ship batteries compared to going out there with a cruiser or battleship, and were they ever more effective? 00:21:54 - Turret towers? 00:23:43 - Naval guns on tanks? 00:28:23 - If WW2 hadn't broken out, how much longer do you think it would have taken for carriers to take over? 00:34:28 - Did any of the colored US war plans take into account the naval or army seizure of dry docks/naval bases? 00:37:27 - US vs British tactics/doctrine in WW2? 00:47:04 - Have you done a video about the battle of Dogger bank 1915? 00:47:25 - What was German's high command reaction to sinking of Blücher in 1940? 00:52:25 - How exactly was a projectile loaded into a muzzle loading rifled cannon? 00:54:16 - Do you think there would have been much impact on the naval war during the US Civil War if the Confederates captured Norfolk navy yard completely intact or if the Union had managed to get everything out before the rebels got there? 00:58:54 - When did IFF systems come into being? 01:02:26 - During the WW1 and WW2 eras was the concept of variable pitch propellers considered or applied to naval vessels? 01:03:48 - Why didn’t the Germans send 2 or 3 subs into Scapa Flow rather than just one at the start of WW2? 01:05:56 - Channel Admin

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-13 12:00:37

HMS Gloucester - Guide 296

Today we look at HMS Gloucester, last of the regular Town class. Sources: www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-Wars-After/dp/1848320787 www.amazon.co.uk/British-Town-Class-Cruisers-Southampton/dp/1526718855 www.amazon.co.uk/Town-Class-Cruisers-Neil-McCart/dp/1904459528 www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruiser-Warfare-Lessons-1939-1941/dp/1526747634 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-12 16:00:05

USA Trip 2022 - Did someone say 'Ma Deuce'?

I did have a handful of days in the USA when I wasn't on a ship, this was the last of them, courtesy of some wonderful people in Maryland it was still a huge amount of fun. Me playing video games from the Dark Ages: https://youtu.be/xdEYmCgaoVc Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-10 12:00:36

US Navy Fleet Problems - Now its time to play with carriers (VIII-XII)

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we take a look at the background and thinking behind the inter-war USN Fleet Problems, with summaries of Fleet Problems 8 through 12 Fleet Problems I through VII - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaQ_VGhFP8k Sources: To Train the Fleet For War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923–1940 - Albert A. Nofi https://www.amazon.co.uk/Testing-American-Sea-Power-Williams-Ford/dp/1603449892 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-War-Trent-Hone-author/dp/1682472930 https://www.usni.org/press/books/learning-war-0 US National Archive Videos: 428-NPC-16729 428-NPC-782 428-NPC-35846 428-NPC-3361 428-NPC-16213 428-NPC-2947 428-NPC-1984 428-NPC-20349 428-NPC-15549 00:00:00 - Intro 00:02:15 - Fleet Problem 8 00:08:01 - Fleet Problem 9 00:17:57 - Fleet Problem 10 00:25:05 - Fleet Problem 11 00:33:12 - Fleet Problem 12 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Drydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-07 11:57:41

The Drydock - Episode 209

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:33 - Leasing a Tudor warship? 00:02:59 - Any thoughts on the 1566 "Adler von Lübeck"? 00:06:33 - Why is the British Navy called the Royal Navy but the Army is just the British Army and not the Royal British Army (or some such derivative)? 00:10:48 - Was the Tudor navy any good? 00:14:37 - How often did navy's train on the guns and fighting tactics? Did it change and become more/less from the golden age of sailing too WW2? 00:19:31 - Early helicopters/autogyros 00:22:08 - Ranging gun on a ship? 00:25:33 - Steering for the fall of shot 00:31:14 - How did the Royal Navy visits to Copenhagen in 1801 and 1807 shape naval thinking until minefields and motor-torpedoboats made such endevors a thing of the past? 00:33:40 - Who would win between a swarm of angry Destroyer Escorts (ie all of them) vs a swarm of angry Fletchers/Clemsons (either or both)? 00:36:55 - 19th century invasion scares 00:43:51 - British and French quad turrets? 00:49:53 - What problem(s) with all-forward design led to both RN and MN to abandon it in favor of more conventional design for Alsace and KGV? 00:59:10 - Prior to a gun engagement, how did the gun tampions get removed? 01:02:43 - Channel Admin

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-06 12:00:08

HMS Ramillies - Guide 295

HMS Ramillies, a Revenge class battleship of the British Royal Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nelson-Vanguard-Warship-Design-Development/dp/184832149X https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-1919-1945-R-Burt/dp/1399097652 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleship-Norman-Friedman/dp/1848322259 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-08-03 12:00:20

British Naval Small Arms of WW1 - with C&Rsenal

Today we take a look at the vast range of small arms held aboard British warships during the First World War, with the fantastic assistance of the C&Rsenal crew. Find them at https://www.youtube.com/c/Candrsenal Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-31 14:01:21

The Drydock - Episode 208 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:27 - Any known or suspected examples of mutual destruction in the age of sail? How did the respective Admiralties react to their information, or lack of it? 00:05:14 - During World War 2, did the Allies look into building or using faster merchant ships to reduce shipping losses on more hazardous routes like the Arctic convoys and Malta convoys? 00:09:14 - Navies sometimes use their country's national flag as their ensign, whereas others have a flag of their own design. Isn't your normal national flag sufficient to identify you at sea or abroad? 00:11:45 - Naval battles where a ship was damaged and on the verge of defeat but was able to repair its damage, turn the tide, and emerge victorious in the end? 00:13:26 - How were aircraft carriers measured for the inter war treaties? 00:15:54 - Can you recommend a book covering basic physics and ship handling for a person interest in naval history but with no knowledge about this basics? 00:20:14 - Were their any turret/gun equivalents to the US's MK14 torpedo in just how many failures they contained piled on top of each other? 00:22:16 - How would the South Dakota class have performed in peer combat? 00:29:07 - Could you offer a quick overview of the effects of the hoaxed John Paul Jones letters about naval officer qualifications? 00:34:39 - 1946 ASW wargames? 00:37:12 - Yamato class design planning? 00:42:03 - How did HMS Duke of York's bell end up at the Lenana School in Nairobi, Kenya? Where are the bells from the other four KGVs? 00:43:06 - Did the destroyer squadron off Omaha Beach disobey orders by coming in close to the beach to engage the germans? 00:44:08 - Were there any occasions that the weather and sea conditions are so bad, both sides decided to stop a naval engagement? 00:45:49 - Nathaniel Bowditch, what was it that he came up with that was so revolutionary, and was it really that big of a deal? 00:49:28 - How different would a Fletcher look if it was designed by the Royal Navy? 00:51:31 - 2nd Pacific Squadron gunpowder? 00:53:30 - Why did the UK agree to the clauses in the WNT that limited their ability to build ships for foreign powers when they clearly had the most to lose from this? 00:56:18 - How common was it for someone to serve on one ship for basically the entire war? 01:03:54 - Admiral Canaris 01:07:49 - What was the cause of the relatively high dud rate in German shells in WW2? 01:12:54 - When the defences of Toulon crumbled in 1793, there were considerable numbers of french warships left behind, why did nobody make sure that all vessels were either removed or destroyed? 01:17:14 - Between Japan and the US in November 1941. which battleline would have had the upper hand? 01:18:45 - The creation of the ballistic tables that coupled with the rangefinding equipment, changed battle ranges from "point blank" to 25k yards as an effective fighting distance? 01:23:26 - Do you know of any articles or books that cover the breakdown of the court-martial system during World War I? 01:25:06 - In some ships during WWI and WWII, the bow of certain ships have some verticle wires goes from the tip to under the waterline. What are they? 01:26:14 - Universal or 2-stage AP shell? 01:29:48 - Pitch stability in ships? 01:34:09 - If Seydlitz would have been converted to an aircraft carrier, how would it compare to other light carriers of the period like the Independences or the British Light Fleet Carriers? 01:37:11 - In steam powered ships, how quickly could a ships boilers be regulated to increase steam in response to telegraph orders? Did this time change between coal and oil fired ships? 01:39:59 - "Target Obsession" in navies? 01:42:13 - SS John Harvey and the raid on Bari 01:45:41 - Pro's and Con's of different types of propulsion? 01:48:40 - From where was the physical aiming of a battleship/battlecruiser's main guns controlled in the WW1 period? 01:50:45 - Was Operation Sealion a serious plan? 01:53:12 - What were the economics behind the Royal Navy's destroyer caliber guns? 01:56:55 - Did ships during the age of sail go out purposefully overcrewed cause they knew a certain amount of sailors would die in battle or more likely from illnesses and the like? 01:59:40 - In a recent Drydock question on USS Constitution you stated that the only design change you'd make was to add a strong horizontal bulkhead just beyond the captain's quarters. Removing the ship's vulnerability to raking fire. Since this seems like an obvious improvement to counter a clear weakness in ship design it does raise the question why no-one ever thought of or implemented such a feature during the Age of Sail. 02:03:24 - Do mines find transom sterns........attractive?

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-31 12:01:43

The Drydock - Episode 208 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:31 - Why did the United States give their brand new ship of the line, USS America (1782) to France in 1782? 00:07:00 - How much cross-pollination was there between service branches? 00:15:09 - When did the examination for Lieutenant become explicit Admiralty policy? 00:19:52 - Why did the lateen sail on the mizzenmast go out of style, and does the gaff-rigged sail have any particular advantage? 00:24:18 - Could the Yamato's have safely bombarded Henderson Field? 00:27:39 - Apart from obvious sources like aviation fuel, oil or munitions stored outside the magazines, are there any other items on or components of 20th century warships — specifically battleships and battlecruisers — that cause fires after damage was sustained? 00:31:59 - The RN had the Queen Anne Mansions style superstructure and the IJN had the Pagoda for some of their ships. Were there other navies that had names given to their superstructures, such as USN fast battleships since they all look a bit similar? 00:35:11 - Victoria Drummond MBE and her career 00:41:13 - What are the major advantages and disadvantages of variable pitch propeller types over a more conventional model? 00:44:46 - Can you 'cut a destroyer in two' with a bombers guns? 00:48:20 - What would have been acceptable losses at Jutland for the British while destroying the German fleet? 00:59:40 - For Royal Navy scientific expeditions, how did officers and men normally view such assignments, and how were the officer assignments usually determined? 01:02:51 - Wacky and wonderful conversions of ships into bizarre roles? 01:06:34 - To what extent did the French and British collaborate on warship and naval weapons development in the first half of the 20th century? 01:10:23 - Did the design of the Bismarck have vulnerable areas where such a penetrating hit below the armoured belt could have caused Bismarck, like Hood, to explode? 01:16:23 - Have any other ships had as extensive refit history as the Kitakami? 01:19:21 - What went wrong during the 1711 Quebec Expedition and if it went as planned what impact would it have had on colonial North America? 01:25:21 - Should you put the definite article, "the", before a ship's name if you do not use a prefix like HMS or USS? 01:31:23 - Is SMS Linz the smallest armored warship ever, and if not, then what was? 01:32:34 - Rangefinding equipment on WW1 light warships? 01:37:44 - What, if any, design differences exist for a Venetian mass produced galley vs. its contemporaries? 01:41:29 - How do aircraft carriers etc determine wind direction and speed while making headway? 01:44:09 - The Mary Celeste mystery... 01:49:44 - Where would a shot from Fort Widley's 9-inch gun land? 01:51:39 - How effective was disruptive camouflage/dazzle paint? And is there a decent book on the subject? 01:55:17 - Were coal, oil, and wood the only fuels used by naval vessels in the period covered by this channel? 01:57:50 - What is considered the first effective class of submarine? 02:00:46 - What role did Italy play in the Battle of the Atlantic? 02:03:29 - After the Battle if Jutland, Jellicoe was often criticized for not achieving a Trafalgar-like total victory. What were the ideas which might have had the most effect on the outcome? 02:13:51 - France vs Thailand 1941 02:20:27 - What do you make of the argument that human beings are a seafaring species? 02:25:57 - It was stated that Halsey was warned that the navigation lights in San Bernardino Strait had been lit and should have been a sign of impending trouble. How did the navigation lights work and was this an important clue of Kurita's movements? 02:29:06 - Given the focus on commerce raiding during WWII, would the construction of more 15" armed Scharnhorsts have been a better alternative compared to the 2 Bismarcks? 02:35:21 - In the german language there is a word that describes a daring, reckless act that ends in (huge) success and humiliates the opponent, the "Husarenstück". Are there such acts in the naval history from the age of sail to 1950 and could you name/describe 5? 02:40:55 - Which ships modernisation would you sacrifice to modernise HMS Hood? 02:42:45 - Could you briefly talk about and describe the Battle of Sinop in 1853? 02:46:52 - Battlecruiser classifications 02:50:51 - Did ammunition ships carry torpedos for their nations destroyers and cruisers to be restocked at sea or did those ships have to go back to port to restock their torpedos? 02:52:57 - Where is the famed Drydock question list in Excel. I have looked in Patreon, Drach.com and Discord. Cannot find it!! Where is it?? 02:54:01 - When defending doesn't work out? 02:57:36 - While the Royal Navy enjoyed a certain amount of patronage. The bulk of captains seem to have been overwhelmingly from the Gentry or just below. Was this sociological or practical (the Royal Navy being large and the English nobility small)?

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-30 12:00:30

HMS Neptune - Guide 294 (NB)

The never-built Neptune class, proposed light cruisers of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-Wars-After/dp/1399097911 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nelson-Vanguard-Warship-Design-Development/dp/184832149X https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-War-Two/dp/0853683042 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-29 12:00:00

US Navy Construction in WW2 (Part 2) - I send the swarm, I send the horde!

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we take a look at the size and pace of smaller US warship construction in the period surrounding WW2. 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Caveats and Qualifications for the Data 00:07:01 - Destroyers 00:12:57 - Destroyer Escorts 00:17:33 - Submarines 00:22:15 - All Small Combat Ships Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-27 12:00:15

HMS Cavalier - The Last Royal Navy Destroyer of WW2

Today we take an overview look at the history of one of Chatham Royal Dockyard's central exhibits, HMS Cavalier, a C class destroyer and the only preserved WW2 British destroyer. Many thanks to Chatham Historic Dockyard for allowing me to visit and film, and to Lawries Mechanical Marvels for arranging it all for me. Visit the dockyard - https://thedockyard.co.uk/ Trains and automobiles - https://www.youtube.com/c/LawriesMechanicalMarvels Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-26 18:57:36

The Drydock - Episode 204 (Live Segment) - 30th July 2022

The very delayed stream answering Patreon Alt-History and What-if's, then general questions

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-24 11:59:00

The Drydock - Episode 207

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:34 - Why did the Scharnhorsts last so long against battlecruisers? 00:04:15 - In your opinion, what was Admiral Von Spee's best option? 00:09:33 - At the Battle of the Falkland Islands, how many more men do you think could have been saved if it had been a warmer part of the year? 00:11:02 - If von Spee had through the efforts of some deity made it through to Germany, what use would his ships have been to the high seas fleet in later operations? 00:13:58 - American-Japanese naval battle during the American Civil War? 00:18:05 - Why did the Japanese go for a 2front-3back arrangement for their Amagis, Tosas and Kiis, compared to a 3front-2back arrangement for their Myokos, Takaos, Mogamis and Ibukis? 00:23:31 - Why was the Napoleonic French navy so neglected, and why was no effort ever truly undertaken to improve their situation vs the British? 00:27:42 - What could you tell about HMS Scourge vs the Sans Cullote?? 00:32:25 - Worst battleship guns in the Dreadnought era? 00:38:37 - What's the largest gun ever considered for placement on a cruiser? And would it have been feasible or was it just a pip dream? 00:40:58 - Russian submarines in WW2? 00:44:31 - How often did units of the Battlecruiser Fleet go up to Scapa Flow during World War 1 for firing practice? Was the 3rd BC squadron the first to go up in May 1916? Could fire control teams be swapped between ships? 00:49:04 - In World War Two, what capital ship was recorded sunk most, when in fact it was not? 00:50:56 - What exactly made the machinery and the boilers of Prinz Eugen so delicate or complicated to operate? 00:56:46 - Mr Allen in Master and Commander? 01:00:48 - Storing guns to deal with later cruisers? 01:06:57 - Could the Regia Marina have done anything to inhibit the Allied landings on Sicily? Would have even a death ride been enough to stop the Allies? 01:09:56 - Channel Admin

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-23 12:00:33

Weapon class - Guide 293

The Weapon class, destroyers of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Destroyers-Frigates-Second-World/dp/1526702827 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destroyers-Royal-1893-1981-Maurice-Cocker/dp/0711010757 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-20 12:00:29

US Navy Construction in WW2 - The Ships Start Coming And They Don't Stop Coming

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we take a look at the size and pace of US warship construction in the period surrounding WW2. 00:00:00 - Intro 00:03:21 - Caveats and Qualifications for the Data 00:16:06 - Fleet Carriers 00:20:57 - Light Carriers 00:22:15 - All Fast Carriers 00:24:04 - Escort Carriers 00:28:33 - Battleships 00:33:51 - Large/Heavy Cruisers 00:38:57 - Light Cruisers 00:42:43 - All Large Combat Ships Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-17 11:58:59

The Drydock - Episode 206

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:34 - Revised design for the USN's Six Frigates? 00:05:29 - Would dazzle camouflage have been effective during the age of sail? 00:09:42 - How would a Des Moines do against a Kongo, at night, at the throw-your-coffee-cup-and-hit-them range so common in Iron Bottom Sound? 00:13:29 - How important was the anti-aircraft role in the Des Moines design process? 00:16:27 - Cost of keeping a museum ship running? 00:20:05 - North Carolina concept designs? 00:24:43 - Surveying in the age of steam and steel? 00:29:37 - Do you intend on covering the Black Sea theatre of operations? 00:33:06 - Why do warships have windows in their sides? 00:36:46 - Are there plans to do a special on the naval actions and land counters used in the Great Siege of Gibraltar from 1779-83? 00:38:40 - Is "fleet in being" concept in anyway a contradiction with active missions? 00:41:03 - Using an under-sized floating drydock? 00:44:48 - What do you think is the most interesting event where a ship's crew made it back to port after a long time at sea and found out the world had changed significantly? 00:50:35 - What type of Military Commander was James Cook? 00:51:57 - Destroyers serving in the US Coast Guard? 00:54:33 - Battle-carriers for Russia? 00:59:19 - Did anyone ever try to employ some system to load coal into the furnace other thank lots of men shoveling? 01:01:57 - Do you know of any interesting cases of unexplained damage or even sinking's of ships outside combat? 01:05:04 - Channel Admin

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-16 12:00:28

HMS Emerald - Guide 292

The Emerald or 'E' class, cruisers of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-Wars-After/dp/1399097911 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruisers-World-War-Two-International/dp/1854092251 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-13 12:00:01

Mulberry Harbours - Rhino's, Whales, Beetles, Phoenix's and Spud's against the Axis

Today we take a look at the artificial harbours designed, built and then installed on the Normandy beaches in 1944. Many thanks to @Think Defence for finding and collating so many images and letting me use them! Follow them on Twitter or on their website for more interesting articles! Sources: https://www.thinkdefence.co.uk/the-mulberry-harbours/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Guy-Hartcup-Code-Name-Mulberry/dp/B00NBGPRRG https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harbour-Goes-War-Mulberry-Happen/dp/1873547307 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-10 13:04:38

The Drydock - Episode 205

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:35 - Given the Mersey was designed and built to counter the Merrimack, which ship would have won in a fight between them? 00:02:27 - How buildable and how practical to operate would a angled deck Midway be in 1942/43? 00:07:31 - US intel at Guadalcanal? 00:11:18 - There's many examples of Land based aircraft taking off from carriers. Are there any land based aircraft that have landed on carriers? And if so, how did they do? 00:14:45 - Why did none of the other powers involved seem to take any issue with given as you said 'the hilariously over the limit' HMS Hood’s existence? 00:18:00 - Did the IJN have tanks and vehicles and such? 00:19:12 - Was the sinking of the soviet submarine ShCh-305 by finnish submarine Vetehinen by ramming, the only time in history when one submarine sank another by ramming? Or did this happen more than once in history? 00:20:29 - How would the IJA have fit into the London and Washington naval treaties? 00:24:11 - Are there any facts about a certain class or ship which we’ll never know because all records were destroyed? 00:27:13 - How relevant was the Russian Navy of Peter the Great? 00:30:22 - The magazine detonations and subsequent sinkings of USS Arizona and HMS Barham were both famously caught on tape. Are there any other magazine detonations caught on film, even of smaller ships? 00:31:36 - Why did the US continue to build battleships with a top speed 21 knots when other nations had at least started to move on from that? 00:36:47 - Broadly speaking, it seems the Allies adhered to the naval treaty system right up to hostilities actually being declared. Was that actually the case and was there any formal "we're abandoning now" from the US, UK, and/or France? 00:39:43 - How effective were the Corvettes in their ASW role? 00:43:41 - What are the best books for information on HMS Tiger (1913) Battlecruiser? 00:45:10 - Was the limitation on new construction a mistake in the Washington Naval Treaty? 00:54:44 - Could it be said that while Hannibal was a good general he was a bad admiral? 00:55:57 - Are there any examples where you can visit both a museum ship and something it has shot? 00:58:12 - What is a Wellerman? 01:00:06 - IJN carrier designs and the effect on doctrine? 01:03:41 - Channel Admin / Personal Matters

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-09 12:00:33

MN Le Fantasque - Guide 291

The Le Fantasque class, destroyers of the French Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.usni.org/press/books/french-destroyers https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Destroyers-John-Jordan/dp/1848321988/ Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-08 12:00:09

U-534 - July Restoration Update and Artifact Tour

Today we look another look at the U-534 and some of the progress made on her restoration. The first 1,000 people to use the link will get a 1 month free trial of Skillshare: https://skl.sh/drachinifel07221 See more here and with big thanks to: https://twitter.com/howtofixauboat https://liverpoolwarmuseum.co.uk/ https://bigheritage.co.uk/ https://howtofixauboat.com/ Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-06 12:00:19

USS Constitution - The 2022 America Tour!

Today we take a look around the second oldest commissioned warship in the world, and the oldest afloat, USS Constitution! Visit the ship here! - https://www.navy.mil/uss-constitution/ Also, this nearby museum! - https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/ Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-03 16:00:03

The Drydock - Episode 204 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:25 - American heavy cruiser turrets? 00:02:45 - How did the 1st London Naval Treaty handle limitations on seaplane tenders? 00:05:26 - USN in the War of 1812 Resources? 00:10:55 - Rat Guards, origins? 00:12:45 - You've mentioned in several dry docks and other videos That Germany and the United States both struggled with building turbine engines in the 1900's what is it about turbine engines that made them so difficult to make? 00:16:32 - How cross compatible were torpedoes? 00:19:57 - Target ships and their engines? 00:21:59 - Cutting the Essex class to accelerate Midway/Kentucky? 00:24:55 - Can you give a rundown of the Marines invading Korea in the 1800s? 00:28:14 - What are the limiting factors for the Dreadnought through WW2 period when it comes to deployed fleet size? 00:32:17 - Was it true that USS Laffey was opened up to the public after the Kamikaze attack on April 16th so the public could view the damage done to the ship? 00:33:33 - The loss of the destroyer HMS Rockingham in 1944 00:35:41 - What did the French Navy do between September 1939 and June 1940? 00:39:29 - USS Wyoming AA refit? 00:42:47 - How does history rate Admiral James Somerville? 00:48:30 - Cases of a ship or person becoming the embodiment of an idea or doctrine? 00:50:58 - Degassing fuel oil? 00:53:45 - How were the fleets of the 18th century/napoleonic royal navy organized? Where there fixed squadrons and divisions with their own commanders or where just single ships assigned to fleet commanders? Also, how do the red/white/blue ensign squadrons come in to it? 00:59:00 - What types and numbers of small arms would various types of Royal Navy ships (battleships, cruisers, sloops, etc) carry in the great war? 01:01:54 - As a naval historian, which aspects of your research, be they ship, battle, figure, or broader topic, most tend to make you tear out your hair or scream into throw pillows? 01:10:41 - WRENS 01:14:15 - When the Allies occupied Iceland what significance did it have in the Battle of the Atlantic? 01:19:11 - The Great Storm of 1703 01:22:31 - What changes pre-WW2 would improve the fighting capability of the Italian Navy? 01:27:38 - How were the tasks of running out, aiming, and absorbing recoil which involved muscle, ropes, levers, and friction in 1850 accomplished in 1900? 01:34:50 - During the age of sail, what was the practice about lighting aboard ship while at sea at night? 01:37:38 - How did officers view inter-navy trade? 01:46:03 - What in you opinion would be the most successful lopsided ships with excessive speed, protection and firepower respectively? 01:52:20 - Can you explain the stability issues experienced by USS Midway class carriers as they were significantly enlarged over their service life. Did they lose any speed from the addition of roughly 20 000 tons? 01:55:43 - Just how far back in history does naval mine warfare go? 01:58:32 - Just how much would it cost to raise the Johnston? 02:01:16 - Other navies fleet problems? 02:05:03 - Mobile drydock's in WW2? 02:08:22 - Just how much pride did 19th century Naval officers have in their near-monopoly on navigation?

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-03 12:06:10

The Drydock - Episode 204 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:35 - The story of the Eppleton Hall and the Reliant steam tugs 00:05:26 - Former military vessels whose post military career tended to overshadow their military service? 00:09:44 - When did the temperature of the gun powder become relevant for the Fire Control solution? 00:13:57 - But how far could cruisers and destroyers effectively fire with whatever very limited fire control systems they had in WW1? 00:17:14 - What was the career path for a stoker of ambition and talent in the Royal Navy as oil fired ships started coming in? 00:20:56 - How do floating harbors work, and why did only the Allies use them during the war? 00:25:52 - Why no planing or even semi-displacement hulls for destroyers? 00:30:10 - Why didn't the Russian's ask the French for help in the Russo-Japanese War? 00:33:02 - How much coordination was there between the Royal Navy and the U.S. Navy in assigning ships for protection of supply convoys in WW2? 00:35:05 - I noticed a lot of ships have grates or walkways over the stern, what are they for? 00:36:48 - Midget subs at Pearl Harbour? 00:41:09 - It is sometimes half-jokingly said that one of the biggest dangers to a german advance in WW2 was "an American lieutenant with a radio ". Were there any similar examples of American material supremacy at the very smallest scale on the naval front? 00:46:34 - What kind of damage would result if a small caliber gun crew had somehow managed to put their shell down the barrel of a battleship's main battery gun at the various stages of reloading and firing? 00:49:57 - Could you please give a brief overview of the explosion of the French Battleship Liberte and why Poudre B was so unstable? 00:55:27 - Which Warship fired the barrage that killed General Fritz Witt? 00:57:18 - What is the most outstanding single landbased (incl flying boat / seaplane - you know what I mean) maritime aircraft action of WW2. 01:09:18 - I haven’t heard you say what you thought of the USS Yorktown and USS Midway museums. 01:13:20 - Names of ships boats? 01:16:34 - What kind of shot was Francis Scott Key likely referring to when he talks about "rockets' red glare" and "bombs bursting in air"? 01:18:57 - Were the British running out of money in the inter-war period? 01:22:42 - What would be the stand napoleonic fleet formation for the British and French/Spanish? 01:24:08 - Why were the German pre-dreadnoughts at Jutland deemed so useless? 01:28:37 - The cause of Lusitania's sinking?01:35:09 - What was so awful about the French carrier conversion Béarn that earned it such a poor reputation, in your view? 01:40:28 - In popular history Churchill seems to take much of the blame for the Dardanelles Campaign, do you believe this is fair? 01:45:24 - Why did the Graf Spee initially misidentify Force G as 1 cruiser and 2 destroyers when all three ships were not that dissimilar in size? 01:47:33 - Where did the Konigsbergs go wrong? 01:51:29 - When dealing with german uboats in World War II the RN would merely chase them off, while the USN would chase with the intent to destroy, what is the reason for this difference in doctrine? 01:56:48 - Rope making? 01:59:57 - Was there any special infrastructure brought in for Operation Downfall, like mulberries, pipelines, comms cables and the like? 02:02:44 - There has been much talk recently of the U.S. Aegis ashore missle defense system. Was there ever an attempt to use the Mark 37 fire control system for land based anti-air? 02:04:31 - How effective were smokescreens and rain squalls in protecting ships? Why were aircraft smoke curtains not used more often? 02:10:33 - How did the fleets of both the allies and axis restock torpedoes on their submarines and destroyers and cruisers? 02:14:00 - What class of surface ships in the Kreigsmarine would you say was the most efficient? 02:18:41 - Captain's Wafers? 02:20:17 - WW2 combat ship with the largest explosive potential? 02:23:00 - Small civilian boats requisitioned for war service? 02:25:25 - How did Polynesian navigation compare to European navigation when crossing the Pacific? 02:29:21 - Axis technology exchanges? 02:32:44 - Was there a "Sweet Spot" for the number of salvos a ship's magazine was designed to hold? 02:36:08 - Attu Island Resupply and battles? 02:39:13 - How did foreign observers work on a ship? 02:41:37 - How much of the violent response some Europeans got on Pacific Islands was due to native peoples having experienced blackbirding? 02:44:59 - How did the major navies of WWII handle the vastly different environments where ships would need to operate? 02:48:47 - When, in your opinion, did destroyers stop realistically being able to attack surface ships with torpedos? 02:51:16 - In the period up to the end of WW1 was the United States particularly susceptible to the Jeune École because of it's lack of cruisers? 02:55:30 - How was ammo fed to the Short range, fast firing AA guns on ships (such as the 20 MM Oerlikon)? 02:58:04 - End of Part 1

From Drachinifel at 2022-07-02 12:00:01

USS New Mexico - Guide 290

The New Mexico class, battleships of the United States Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Battleships-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/1682477584 https://www.amazon.co.uk/United-States-Battleships-World-War/dp/0354010166/ https://www.usni.org/press/books/us-battleships-0 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-29 12:15:03

The Caribbean in WW2 - Oil, Sugar and the French

Today we take a brief look at the short but vicious campaign in the Caribbean to secure, or destroy, Allied trade. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1552387593 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imprisoned-Caribbean-German-U-boat-Blockade/dp/149175270X U-Boats, Spies, and Economic Warfare - José L. Bolívar Fresneda Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-26 12:13:39

The Drydock - Episode 203

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:40 - Let's say you have picked up a submarine contact on Sonar in World War Two. How would you make sure that that submarine is one of the bad guys and not one of your own friendly subs? 00:03:58 - How would you rate the Parrott and Brooke rifles used during the Civil War against their European contemporaries? 00:08:37 - Instances of sister ships ending up on opposite sides in a battle? 00:11:05 - Wooden ship 'scrapping' 00:15:12 - Why do warship superstructures exist? 00:19:40 - RN versions of 'La Argentina'? 00:23:28 - I've heard U-Boat stories that involve them sitting anchored on the surface at night, seemingly doing nothing. Why would a U-Boat be doing this? 00:25:44 - Did any other armed forces in the WW2 era other than the US try to develop skip bombing techniques, and low level anti shipping capable aircraft festooned with outrageous numbers of AA-fire suppressing guns? 00:28:14 - Would coal fired large warships have been a viable option for Italy in WW2? 00:31:41 - When HMS Audacious sank, was it a problem with design, damage control or the Mine just defeated both no matter what they tried? 00:34:44 - How possible would it have been to "Crash build" big gun ships be cannibalising older ships? For example could the Royal Navy build a hull with engineering etc and then take turrets, secondary and aaa from say, an R class to speed up? 00:41:09 - Who would you pick as some of the top performers as First Lord of the Admiralty over its 336-year history? 00:43:06 - What is an 'attack cargo ship'? 00:47:19 - British capital ships during peacetime in the modern era appear to have the last foot or so of their main gun barrels polished. Is this a case of my gun is prettier than your gun, or is there a technical explanation? 00:48:53 - Though a tactical success, was the Indian Ocean Raid by Japan in early 1942 a strategic error? 00:55:11 - How would a smaller navy threaten a larger one enough to be taken seriously in an engagement during the Age of Sail? 01:00:31 - Fireships and their use 01:05:38 - Channel Admin

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-25 12:00:23

Marcilio Dias class - Guide 289

The Marcilio Dias class, destroyers of the Brazilian Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destroyers-World-War-Two-International/dp/0304356751 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conways-Worlds-Fighting-Ships-1922-1946/dp/0851771467 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Latin-America-Naval-History-1810-1987/dp/0870212958 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-22 12:00:24

Drach's Top 5 Best Engineered Ships - Durability, Viability, Excellence

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we look at my personal choices for the top 5 best engineered naval vessels, courtesy of the fine folks over on Patreon. 00:00:00 - Intro 00:04:11 - SS Great Eastern 00:12:57 - SMS Seydlitz 00:18:16 - MN Algerie 00:27:44 - HMS Victory 00:36:22 - USS Fletcher Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-19 12:07:09

The Drydock - Episode 202

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:37 - Ships grounded by tsunamis and storm surges? 00:03:56 - Port explosions and their damage? 00:11:36 - Why did the Atlanta's have torpedo launchers? 00:13:09 - Galley Frigates? 00:18:20 - What is the Battle Turn Away used by the High Seas Fleet. What sort of advantages did it give the High Seas Fleet? 00:26:07 - Were there Mahanian-style decisive battles in real life? 00:32:11 - Pearl Harbour Coal Depot? 00:34:26 - Did Mahan update his books after airplanes became practical? 00:35:44 - Why did the US Navy use heavy and super heavy shells? What advantages and disadvantages did this have? 00:44:14 - Following up on your answer on Admiral Beatty in Drydock #198: Were there other Admirals in seagoing command other than Beatty who stand out to you as being promoted into a role they were out of place in? 00:49:24 - What was the reach of the Condor into the Atlantic? 00:52:30 - What design changes would need to have been made to the Yamato-Class Battleships if they were built with a carrier escort role? 00:56:23 - Did the US Navy have the capability to replace the larger/more complicated components and armor on the Iowa class during their redeployment in the 80's and onward? 00:59:06 - Is it true that the the crew carrying Nelsons body home from Trafalgar drank rum from the barrel (with Nelson in it) and replaced it with beer? 01:01:08 - How many hours a month do you put into the channel? 01:04:26 - How many depth charges on a ship? 01:07:35 - Channel Admin / Viewer Concerns

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-18 12:00:27

HMS Glatton - Guide 288

The Glatton class, ex-Norwegian coastal defence ships turned monitors in the service of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Big-Gun-Monitors-Construction-Operations/dp/1848321244 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Monitors-Royal-Navy-Fleet-Brought/dp/1473877148 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-18 08:23:37

The Drydock - Episode 200 (Live Segment) - 18th June 2022

The somewhat delayed stream answering Patreon Alt-History and What-if's, then general questions

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-17 12:00:19

HMS Hood & USS Iowa - Battlecruisers or Fast Battleships?

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we take a look at the argument over whether Hood was a battlecruiser or a fast battleship, and if that changes the definition of the Iowa class as well! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:02:18 - The Question! 00:03:52 - Battlecruisers by Mission Role - Generation 1 00:16:57 - Battlecruisers by Mission Role - Generation 2 00:21:30 - Later Battlecruiser Generations and Faulty Definitions 00:26:20 - Definitions by Design/Comparison that don't work 00:29:48 - Definition by Design that works! 00:35:51 - What ifs? Hood and Iowa as definite battlecruisers 00:40:59 - Definition by Specification - Definitive? Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-15 12:00:13

The Supermarine Seafire - Second Time's a Charm!

Today we talk with author and historian Matt Willis about some of the developmental and service history of the Supermarine Seafire, the navalised version of the Spitfire. Find out more about the Seafire here: https://shop.navywings.org.uk/products/supermarine-seafire-author-matthew-willis?_pos=3&_sid=2133885a3&_ss=r https://www.casematepublishers.com/fleet-air-arm-legends-supermarine-seafire.html https://www.mortonsbooks.co.uk/product/view/productCode/15028/book-fleet-air-arm-legends-supermarine-seafire Book Review here: https://www.usni.org/magazines/naval-history-magazine/2020/december/book-reviews Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-12 12:11:26

The Drydock - Episode 201

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:39 - Does severe damage have a lasting effect on the structural integrity of a ship after being repaired? 00:06:53 - Why didn't Graf Spee's guns cause HMS Exeter to blow up? 00:11:37 - Ships larger than destroyers with 360 degree turrets? 00:15:35 - Aoba refit with triple 6"? 00:18:59 - Questions about battlecruisers 00:30:01 - Do you think Popov's rounded ships could have had promise if that line of thinking had been more thoroughly explored? 00:32:04 - Did a pirate ever have a ship of the line? 00:35:13 - Were there any major differences between ships of the line built by various countries did certain countries build there's a certain way to make them stand out in a major way? Or for the most part were they all roughly comparable? 00:40:25 - The Lofoten Raids 00:44:14 - 'Spotting' carrier aircraft 00:47:57 - The sinking of HMS Victoria 00:52:51 - RN secondaries in WW1/WW2 00:59:41 - What was the ideal pirate ship during the Golden Age of Piracy and what realistic chance did a small fleet of similar ships have against a frigate, 3rd rate or even 1st rate? 01:04:32 - Channel Admin / Tankfest Tickets

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-11 17:58:33

Impromptu Live From HMCS Haida

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-11 12:00:34

HIRMS Navarin - Guide 287

The Navarin, a one-off pre-dreadnought battleship of the Imperial Russian Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: Russian and Soviet Battleships - Stephen McLaughlin www.amazon.co.uk/Naval-Firepower-Battleship-Gunnery-Dreadnought-ebook/dp/B00KTI0T0E Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-08 14:12:41

Impromptu Live From HMCS Sackville

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-08 12:00:19

HMS Warrior (1860) - First Armoured Battleship of the Royal Navy

Today we take a look at the first iron-hulled and iron-armoured warship in the world, the first armoured battleship of the Royal Navy, and also the only one we have left! This video would not have been possible without the help of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, come visit HMS Warrior at Portsmouth here: https://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/site-attractions/attractions/hms-warrior-1860 Other NMRN sites: https://www.nmrn.org.uk/our-museum/faam https://www.nmrn.org.uk/our-museum/caroline https://www.nmrn.org.uk/our-museum/hartlepool https://www.nmrn.org.uk/support-us/royalmarinesmuseum https://www.nmrn.org.uk/support-us/major-appeals-0 https://www.nmrn.org.uk/our-museum/submarine Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-06 18:07:46

Impromptu Live From USS The Sullivans

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-05 15:35:11

The Drydock - Episode 200 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:37 - During the Napoleonic era the RN had celebrity captains. How about other ages? 00:06:23 - The Halifax Explosion 00:11:37 - Were there concerns about Kaga being a 'third carrier'? 00:13:16 - In planning your second trip to the States are there any ports or museums that you have already discounted as "not worth it" because of their content and distance from other sites? 00:15:54 - If I heard correctly in the last Drydock, you mentioned that the New Mexico class was your favorite US standard battleship class. So why no 5 Minute guide? 00:16:55 - What did the British know of Bismark's capabilities at the time they had to hunt her down? 00:19:55 - Figureheads on ships in the age of sail? 00:23:47 - Face-hardened vs Homogenous armour on turret roofs? 00:29:01 - Flame-throwing cannon? 00:31:36 - Pronounciation of the Danish Capital? 00:33:42 - In a previous drydock, you mention that the range on US Navy submarines in World War 2 would actually work against them if deployed to the Mediterranean, can you elaborate on it? 00:36:35 - Having gone through multiple museum ships, where there any times that you saw something on one ship, wondered what it was or how it worked, and then went on another ship and got the context that you needed to explain your question? 00:40:21 - Mystery ship? 00:41:41 - Saint Brendan of Clonfert 00:45:30 - Second Battle of Sabine Pass 00:49:25 - Ports with limited depth, why? 00:53:00 - US Coast Guard in war? 00:55:26 - Collapse of the Naval Treaties 00:59:36 - Could it be argued that the British Blockade of Germany was a and maybe the decisive part in the Allied victory in WW1? 01:05:05 - Training torpedoes in the fleet problem exercises? 01:07:46 - Royal Navy Essex class? 01:19:03 - Prolonged raking fire?

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-05 12:05:30

The Drydock - Episode 200 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:02:18 - Vice Admiral Thomas Tingley Craven and the USS Maine 00:08:05 - Impact of Greece/Crete on ABDA and the IJN advance south in early 1942 00:13:58 - Warships going for the Blue Riband? 00:18:18 - Are museum ships basically living on borrowed time? 00:22:05 - Do the minutes and draft agendas of the Naval Conferences (Washington, London, the Versailles peace etc) exist publicly? 00:24:29 - How many VIP quarters did Iowa have? 00:27:06 - Torpedo firing doctrine in WW2? 00:30:50 - Integrated fire control at the Battle of the Denmark Strait? 00:34:49 - Single biggest impact of a torpedo working properly? 00:37:02 - Were there any warships sunk in place and used as an ad hoc coastal defence battery? 00:38:34 - Royal Navy Gatling guns? 00:41:25 - Have you found pre-release copies or books signed by author’s by digging through used book stores? 00:43:41 - Why was the Kiel Canal built? 00:46:44 - When the Washington Naval Treaty was being negotiated did any of the contracting powers have a yard working on building a capital ship for any non-contracting power? And if so how what that handled; for the ship, the yard, and the contract? 00:51:09 - Coal bunker locations on Titanic and its sinking? 00:55:03 - How was it determined how long a warship's boilers could steam under forced draft and were there any notable efforts or technologies developed to extend time spent utilizing this speed boost? 00:58:22 - Why was HMAS Australia not more involved in the surface battles in the Guadalcanal campaign? 01:02:25 - Given the notorious inaccuracy of WWII level bombing (e.g. when bombing the port of Brest), how did the RAF score multiple direct hits on Tirpitz with Tallboys despite deploying relatively few bombers / bombs? 01:05:42 - Could I trouble you for some brief thoughts on the design and intended doctrine, for the Deutchlands, Scharnhorsts, and Hippers? 01:13:31 - You calculated that the 15" guns outside the IWM would hit Enfield if fired. What would the 14" MK VII naval gun at Fort Nelson hit if it were to be fired? Would it trouble the residents of the Isle of Wight? 01:15:52 - When a ship like the Warspite’s main guns were replaced after being worn out from firing, what needed to be done, and how long would a prepared shipyard take to replace them? Does the turret need to be disassembled? Particularly if the gun does not use a liner. 01:18:26 - Why were wing turrets used on Dreadnoughts after the introduction of turbines and Krupp steel? 01:23:36 - "They're not marines, they're naval infantry." Could you expound on the difference between the two within the scope of the channel? 01:27:19 - What makes a Chinese junk a junk? 01:31:01 - Ukrainian Navy in 1919? 01:34:29 - The Particular Service Squadron 01:38:22 - Was Bismarck capable of taking on multiple US standards or British Dreadnought-era battleships with a likely chance of winning? Or is the agedness of the older ships fire-controls overstated? 01:44:03 - Non-standard pre-dreadnoughts? 01:48:47 - G3/N3 layout, what are the savings? 01:54:50 - Why is bronze preferred for propeller blades? 01:57:07 - Operation Posthorn 01:59:55 - USS Enterprise's Admiralty pennant award? 02:02:08 - Why do you think Bismarck had exposed fire control cables? 02:08:55 - How returns from different radars of the same type on the same ship were differentiated? 02:11:48 - Merchant sailor on USS Langley? 02:14:08 - Multi-powerplant ships? 02:17:17 - Admiral William Leahy 02:22:36 - During WWII, was there any doctrine or orders for entering and/or remaining near a geographical location or in confined seas? 02:26:03 - What were the main breechblock types on the main guns of battleships from WW1 to WW2?

From Drachinifel at 2022-06-04 12:00:00

IJN Akagi - Guide 286

The Akagi, converted aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: Akagi & Kaga - Warship VI. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Aircraft-Carrier-Akagi-Drawings/dp/8364596810 https://www.amazon.co.uk/50-Akagi-Japanese-Aircraft-Carrier/dp/8372372063 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel Next on the list: USS Marblehead Pinguin German Auxiliary Cruiser Atlantis Project 24 Sovetsky Soyuz class Battleship HMS Caroline Des Moines Heavy cruisers. Ships of Battle of Campeche PT Boats

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-29 12:36:47

The Drydock - Episode 199

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:43 - What would a late-era Malta class flight group look like? 00:04:06 - How long did it take to draw up an initial/adapted design for a carrier like Malta? Since this was during war time, is the peace time process slower? 00:07:14 - What are your thoughts on Geoffrey Spicer-Simson, or "Lord Belly-Cloth?" 00:10:53 - Malta influence on the RN? 00:16:51 - 6" DP vs 5" DP for AA roles? 00:22:05 - Under-size British BB's in WW2? 00:27:50 - Philo McGiffin and the Beiyang Fleet? 00:33:01 - What would you say we're the relative strengths and weaknesses of the three major carrier powers (Japan, UK, USA) compared to one another in 1939? Which one of these powers did the most to address their shortcomings in carrier tactics/doctrine/technology over the course if the war? 00:47:02 - HMS Dreadnought and the naval arms race? 00:52:56 - Followup to Admiral Byng Court Martial question in Drydock #189: You outlined the Admiralty's "contributions" to the loss of Majorca and Byng's courts martial, but what do you think of Admiral Lord Anson involvement before, during and after the courts martial? 00:58:30 - US Fast battleship open/closed bridges? 01:01:11 - What would be your pick for the warship equivalent of the Bob Semple tank? 01:04:42 - Would you ever consider pushing the timeline of the channel into the 1960 as a continuation of topics already explored? Such as ending the river warfare series with the swift boats? Or expanding on you damage control videos by talking about some of the major US carrier fires during the Vietnam war? 01:09:00 - Channel Admin / Canada Trip

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-28 12:00:03

IJN Kitakami - Guide 285

The Kitakami, a torpedo cruiser of the Imperial Japanese Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: Kitakami, by Hans Lengerer, Sumie Kobler-Edamatsu and Tomoto Rehm-Takahara - Warship Volume X https://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-Cruisers-Pacific-Eric-LaCroix/dp/0870213113 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warships-Imperial-Japanese-Jentschura-Al/dp/087021893X Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-25 12:00:25

US Navy Fleet Problems - Taking the ships out for exercise (I-VII)

Today we take a look at the background and thinking behind the inter-war USN Fleet Problems, with summaries of the first 7 such exercises. Sources: To Train the Fleet For War: The U.S. Navy Fleet Problems, 1923–1940 - Albert A. Nofi https://www.amazon.co.uk/Testing-American-Sea-Power-Williams-Ford/dp/1603449892 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-War-Trent-Hone-author/dp/1682472930 https://www.usni.org/press/books/learning-war-0 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-22 21:27:11

The Battle of Midway - 80th Anniversary Stream ft. Jon Parshall

This Wednesday we take a diversion from the normal format to consider the Battle of Midway live with one of the greatest experts on the subject!

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-22 11:48:13

The Drydock - Episode 198

00:00:00 - Intro / Future of Patreon Drydocks 00:02:17 - How did Germany's early coastal defense warships compare to their neighbors before their naval expansion? 04:24:21 - How many personnel did admirals usually have on the flag ship and what was their role? 00:07:40 - Around what time were flagships first used in the worlds navies? 00:10:46 - Has marine life ever affected the outcome of a battle? 00:13:33 - What was the KGV's actual belt thickness? 00:20:23 - What was up with the Nassau's? 00:25:39 - What exactly is the difference between the First Sea Lord & First Lord of the Admiralty in WW1? 00:29:32 - Were the two Audacious class coming up to the end of their lives by the 1970s? 00:34:11 - Was the Iowa class overweight like Bismarck? 00:40:21 - Lexingtons instead of older battleships? 00:45:00 - Best turret layout for firepower vs weight? 00:54:46 - Was Admiral Beatty truly as incompetent as he appeared to be during Jutland? 00:59:33 - How much damage would a detonation of a secondary magazine do to battleships such as the Yamato-class or Iowa-class? Would it be enough to sink or cripple them? 01:02:57 - Channel Admin / Canada Trip Schedule

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-21 12:00:03

IJN Shimakaze - Guide 284

The Shimakaze class, a unique destroyers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destroyers-World-War-Two-Intern/dp/0870213261 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Imperial-Japanese-Destroyers-1919-45-Vanguard/dp/1849089876 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Japanese-destroyer-Shimakaze-Top-Drawings/dp/8366148025 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-18 15:33:10

General Naval Chat - America Trip Special

A relaxed mid-month evening stream and naval chat as requested by the viewers. Questions from the chat will be take and answered.

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-18 12:00:29

The Alaska class - Large/Super/Battle/Mega/Hyper/Ultra Cruisers

Today we take a look at the long and convoluted design history of the Alaska class, which continued even after the ships had been built! And of course the debate as to what exactly they were. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Cruisers-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/1682477592/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/United-States-Battleships-World-War/dp/0354010166/ https://www.usni.org/press/books/us-cruisers-1 https://www.amazon.com/American-Battleship-Samuel-Loring-Morison/dp/0760309892 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-15 13:02:27

The Drydock - Episode 197 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:43 - I-19 hit on USS North Carolina 00:06:11 - What did ironclads do in the US Civil War? 00:08:39 - Pretty much all of the RFA fleet oilers and tankers of WW2, with the exception of the smaller Ranger-class, had a superstructure with funnel in the back and another superstructure in the middle of the ship. What were the main reasons for such a consistently split superstructure? 00:11:28 - During the Solomon Islands campaign when the IJN tried to run supplies in oil drums hoping to float them ashore, would they have in the short run been more successful if they made the oil drums look like contact mines to delay any USN approach to the barrels? 00:13:39 - I'm curious if you've read this paper (https://direct.mit.edu/isec/article/43/3/141/12218/Why-China-Has-Not-Caught-Up-Yet-Military) that examines the Britain vs. German naval arms race? It makes the claim that the rising states will find it harder to take the "advantage of backwardness" as military weapons systems become increasing complex. 00:19:38 - 3 best/worst DD classes of WW2? 00:24:53 - Ships not being what you think they are? 00:28:41 - There are several famous examples of ships 'running away' to avoid their fate, such as HMS Warspite, HMS Vanguard and what was left of USS Oregon. Of all the breaks for freedom from the breakers yard that you know off, what would be your favorite? 00:30:59 - Human scale to battleship shells? 00:32:03 - If you could command one type one ship (eg Ship of the Line, Pre Dreadnought, Aircraft Carrier Etc) from any era or navy what would it be and why? 00:33:27 - USS San Diego recognition? 00:37:36 - How was the Laffey able to be put back into action after being nuked? 00:38:56 - Is it true that one of the early Lexington-class battlecruiser designs was similar to the British splendid cats? 00:43:07 - Give us a selection of the worst jobs any sailor had, civilian or military. 00:47:06 - Machine shops on USN ships? 00:54:00 - How would the Ise hybrids actually work? 00:57:01 - Which was more lethal to the battleship, Air power or Victory? 01:01:54 - Has a group of capital ships ever combined their reconnaissance floatplanes into a makeshift airgroup and conducted an airstrike in the fashion that we more typically see from carrier-based aircraft? 01:04:50 - USN FCS in WW2? 01:10:16 - Renaming ships after ships lost in the same conflict? 01:12:57 - Just how survivable was a battle ship if a shell managed to bypass the armor and nothing like a magazine exploded? 01:16:22 - What are your thoughts on the Ship of Theseus and and what type of refit or rebuild would constitute a new ship? 01:23:39 - What Carrier was a match for the Bearn? 01:26:02 - Sabaton's song 'Dreadnought' 01:29:56 - USN escorts and the attack on ON-92 01:34:26 - USS Arizona original name? 01:38:25 - Smoke shells for ranging? 01:41:32 - How were battleship turrets assembled? 01:45:39 - Hood/Iowa BC/BB debate? 01:47:04 - Can you elaborate on some of the preservation and anticorrosion measures used on museum ships? 01:53:07 - Suction when a ship sinks? 02:06:23 - Had Wasp (CV-7) survived the Guadalcanal Campaign. (Assume the torpedo salvo from I-19 either missed or hit other US Navy ships) Would it later join Saratoga and Enterprise as part of Task Force 38/58. Or would it be reassigned as a training carrier along with Ranger? 02:08:15 - Which weapon system was most successful in sinking capital ships in the European theatre during WW2? And was there a significant change during the war? 02:10:03 - How important was capturing Norway to the German Naval effort in WW2? 02:12:10 - The racing yacht America was pressed into service and served both sides of US Civil War. Were there any other racing and other unusual vessels that were converted to warships? 02:14:19 - Has there ever been a 1 v 1 action between ships that resulted in a boarding action and both sides suffered extreme to near total casualties ? Ie neither side wanted to give in or surrender. 02:17:07 - How did a nations ships get insurance? 02:18:06 - Channel Admin / Trip to Canada

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-14 12:00:09

USS Bainbridge - Guide 283

The Bainbridge class, the first destroyers of the US Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Destroyers-Illustrated-Histories-2004-05-01/dp/B01N8YC7AD https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conways-Worlds-Fighting-Ships-1860-1905/dp/0851771335 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Mosquito-Fleet-Richard-Simpson/dp/0738505080/ https://www.usni.org/press/books/us-destroyers-revised-edition Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-11 12:00:17

The Zeebrugge Raid -

Today we take a look at the oft-debated Zeebrugge Raid in WW1, with help from a collaboration with Historiograph! Check out his channel and video on the raid here: https://youtu.be/TAeieqOOSng Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/ZEEBRUGGE-BARRIE-PITT/dp/B0007EF4UU https://www.amazon.co.uk/Phillip-Warner-Zeebrugge-Raid/dp/1859595391 https://www.naval-history.net/WW1Book-RN5a.htm https://www.amazon.co.uk/No-Pyrrhic-Victories-Coleman/dp/0750958499 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zeebrugge-Raid-1918-Voices-Past/dp/1473876710 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-08 13:00:10

The Drydock - Episode 197 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:57 - Differences between preserved ships of the same class? 00:03:48 - Museum ship smell? 00:06:36 - Jutland: You can choose one ship on each side for an MVP award. Which ship do you choose on each side? 00:08:59 - Is there a reason US Navy destroyer caliber guns (5" and smaller) are odd inches and cruiser caliber guns (6" and greater) are even inches? or is just coincidence? 00:16:51 - What was the smallest battle to get an RN ship named for it? 00:21:45 - How to fit more aircraft on a carrier? 00:32:11 - Aiming torpedoes in WW2? 00:37:50 - Passage through Suez in WW1/2? 00:41:27 - If you had to pick one of the surviving US standard-type battleships that survived WWII to be saved as a museum ship, which one would it be? 00:43:45 - How closely did the major European navies study the lessons of the Spanish-American war, especially in contrast to how closely they looked at Tsushima seven years later? What were their design and operational takeaways from Manila Bay and Santiago? 00:48:06 - Many battleship turret designs had working chambers where the ammunition was transferred from one lift system to another for the rest of the trip to the gun's muzzle. However, as far as I know, the US fast battleships had a single lift from the magazines to the gun house. What were the trade-offs between the two approaches, and what led a navy to favor one over the other? 00:56:57 - SoDak vs Iowa trade-offs? 01:03:01 - How dangerous is a boiler explosion on a armored warship. Has there ever been a boiler explosion on a warship? 01:07:06 - Different shore bombardment tactics? 01:13:54 - What would a "typical" French troop transport be during the Franco Prussian war? How many troops would they typically carry? 01:17:57 - Why did the LVT see only limited use for landings in Europe? 01:21:21 - What aspect of ship design is, in your opinion, most overlooked by people rating ship designs in each of the eras the channel covers, and why do you think these aspects are important, and why are they overlooked? 01:27:20 - Though not warships; ships such as Endurance and Fram are considered to be among the strongest wooden hull vessels ever built in terms structural integrity. Steam engines aside, how do their design and construction methods compare to late age of sail warships? 01:30:35 - During the early 20th century, how much of a danger was underwater debris to submarines and were there any notable losses to rocky outcroppings, shipwrecks, etc? 01:33:58 - Are there any examples of navies leading development of small arms rather than simply using what the army had? 01:38:04 - How was the sea keeping of world war two re-fit ships like Fuso, Nagato, Warspite, and US standards? 01:42:14 - Is there research on what kind of effect the real possibility of your shell/bomb/torpedo causing 1000+ persons to lose their lives in matter of minutes have on naval personel? 01:47:56 - Merchant ships seeing off attacking warships? 01:51:17 - Can you briefly discuss how each of the ships present in Battleship Cove (Fall River) ended up there? 01:54:05 - Please name five ship classes from any Iron and Steel navy that were average. 02:01:13 - During the mid to late 1800s, naval technology advanced at an incredible pace, but not all technology advanced equally. What technology, other than fire control systems, was solely behind in this era as ironclads got bigger and meaner? 02:04:37 - Rebalancing the magazines in a battleship? 02:06:53 - To what extent do you think Admiral Phillips was personally responsible for the fate of Force Z? 02:10:33 - Early 20th century Ekranoplans? 02:11:43 - The prevalence/occurrence of surrendering, and capturing of ships? 02:16:22 - Details of carronades? 02:19:38 - In the age of sail if a warship runs out of cannonballs during a battle what substitutes would the crew use to continue the battle if they did not have the ability to flee and still wish to fight? 02:22:04 - Ships if armour beat guns? 02:24:00 - How much of an edge did the 1,000 lb. bombs carried by US carrier dive bombers give the US navy in WWII? 02:29:34 - During both world wars British fishing trawlers were used for mine clearance. Where did this idea originate and was it wide spread across other navy's?

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-07 12:00:21

KMS Gneisenau - Guide 282

The Gneisenau, a fast battleship of Kriegsmarine, is today's subject. (NOTE - KMS is used as a way to distinguish WW2 era German ships from WW1 era vessels, which often have the same name, the Germans did not use KMS at the time). Channel Dash - https://youtu.be/QNE0CkSsfJc Read more about the ship here: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=31174616129 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Axis-Neutral-World-War/dp/0870211013 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battlehships-Scharnhorst-Class-Gerhard-Koop/dp/1557500452 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-05 12:52:52

The Drydock - Episode 197 (Live Segment) - 7th May 2022

Answering Patreon Alt-History and What-if's, then general questions

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-04 12:00:17

Jersey - Millennia of Maritime Defence Preserved

Today we take a look at the island of Jersey, part of the Channel Islands off the coast of France, to examine the many generations of maritime defence that have been built and upgraded there. It's an excellent place to visit! https://www.jersey.com/ Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-05-01 12:45:31

The Drydock - Episode 196

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:58 - Greek capital ships in the late 1910's? 00:05:04 - IJN activity in WW1? 00:07:51 - Were there any attempts to protect range finders (and other fragile equipment like radars)? Was minimising damage to them a concern during the design at all? 00:11:43 - Technological advancements are rather obvious and rapid once we get to the iron clad era and beyond so what we’re some major technological advancements in the age of sail era and we’re any of them drastic enough to render older ships obsolete like dreadnaught did? 00:18:24 - How often did navy's train on the guns and fighting tactics? Did it change and become more/less common from the golden age of sailing too WW2? 00:23:54 - Could you tell us a little about the radio navigation system being introduced in the early 20’s, as referenced in the Honda Point video? Was the one of the first such systems or were they reasonably prolific by then? 00:27:13 - If HMS Ark Royal hadn't been sunk by U-81 in November 1941 then when would she have decomissioned? 00:31:42 - Gun/Armour sources for the late 1850's and early 1860's? 00:38:28 - Why did the British use 7 and 8 inch guns, or 8 and 9 inch guns, on the same ship? It sounds like too small a jump in shell size to justify the extra headache of using, supplying and maintaining multiple different weapons. 00:41:55 - Given that rangefinding is made easier with the more salvos fired, would it have been more effective for the North Carolina class to be completed with the quad 14" turrets as designed? 00:44:26 - Did any nation/kingdom allow women to serve on warships on a regular basis during the time period your channel covers? Where there any female admirals or captains, not counting pirates or other non-state warships? 00:47:07 - Atlanta in as different position at Guadalcanal? 00:52:17 - British ships in the Spanish Civil War 00:57:41 - Was there ever any cases or history of specific pieces of music being associated/adopted by specific ships over and above the basic national or service pieces? 00:59:08 - IJN fighting squadron idea? 01:01:46 - Channel Admin An archive of Drydock Questions and free naval photos - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-30 12:00:32

HMS Arethusa - Guide 281

The Arethusa class, light cruisers of British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nelson-Vanguard-Warship-Development-1923-1945/dp/1861761368/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-Wars-After/dp/1399097911 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruiser-Warfare-Lessons-1939-1941/dp/1526747634 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Cruisers-World-War-Two/dp/0853683042 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-27 12:00:05

The Suez Campaign and Life in the Royal Navy - From someone who was there!

Today we are honoured to speak to Peter Laurie, a remarkable gentleman who happened to be in the Royal Navy at the time of the Suez Campaign and gives us an idea of what life was like for the majority of the sailors involved, and of course what he's gone on to do since! Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-24 13:53:10

The Drydock - Episode 195

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:14 - What is the best size of ship in your opinion for submarine hunting? 00:03:32 - Albany, Australia shore defences? 00:05:52 - Italian bombardment of Gibraltar? 00:11:42 - If Malta had failed to be supplied would the Italians/germans have made an attempt to take the island? 00:18:01 - Why were no 20mm Oerlikons added to Vanguard's design? 00:22:04 - Old ships 'hiding' in plain sight? 00:25:25 - USS Boston (1884) main gun layout? 00:26:57 - Brooklyn class catridge cases? 00:29:49 - Anti-piracy by early 20th century merchant ships? 00:34:13 - Have there been any instances of actual role reversals in military actions where the Navy filled the role of some other branch while that or another branch held the sea? 00:36:46 - When did ramming fall out of fashion (Lissa notwithstanding) and was it because a broadside could deter a galley or was it because ships grew in size/strength, enabling them to withstand a ramming attack? 00:44:16 - Why was USS Enterprise not preserved? 00:48:18 - Single vs Dual mounts for AA defence in late WW2? 00:52:34 - A friend of mine commented that Iowa (the state) has produced excellent officers. I had never heard this before. Do you know of any such naval officers? 00:54:19 - Is there a reason that battleships didn't use ballast to hide more of their hull underwater during combat? 01:01:56 - Channel Admin An archive of Drydock Questions and free naval photos - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-23 12:00:08

HMS Hotspur - Guide 280

The Hotspur, an ironclad ram of the British Royal Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-Oscar-Parkes/dp/085422002X https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Battlefleet-George-Alexander-Ballard/dp/0870219243 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-20 12:00:09

HMS Unicorn - No Ordinary Ship

Today we take a tour of HMS Unicorn, one of two surviving Leda class frigates of the Napoleonic War era, and now a museum ship based in Dundee with a unique history behind her. Many thanks to the museum staff for letting me film aboard her! Visit her here: https://www.frigateunicorn.org/ Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-17 11:42:58

The Drydock - Episode 194

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:48 - What was the logic behind the high-speed anti submarine frigate conversion of wartime built destroyers? 00:05:59 - What kept the US from upgrading the propulsion on the standard battleships to increase the speed? The Japanese did it with the Kongos and the Italians with the Cavours, so what was the limiting factor? 00:12:58 - After HMS Dreadnought entered service. Were any predreadnoughts considered for the removal of heavy secondaries to save weight? 00:18:39 - What were some of the causes for ships lost during typhoon cobra with TF38 and others? 00:21:47 - British battleships and rangefinder size/location? 00:27:06 - Were there any tactics that are used in open sea naval warfare that either didn't work or modified to suite the river environment? Also was the convoy system ever used during the civil war?. 00:30:20 - Dreadnought for Portugal? 00:37:37 - Where would the IWM 15" guns hit? 00:40:06 - How often were the steadying sails used in the ACACIA class sloops while sweeping and how effective were they? 00:41:33 - If the Kreigsmarine had completed and launched Graf Zeppelin would Germany have had a useful vessel in their fleet inventory or would we have seen something similar to Bismark, Shinano, or Taiho...essentially a capital ship constructed with massive investment deleted on it's first combat sailing? 00:44:02 - Why no plans for heavy cruisers with guns larger than 8"? 00:47:52 - Immediately after the Japanese had lost their 4 carriers at Midway, was there any thought given by the Japanese High Command to sending their battleships, cruisers and destroyers after the American fleet? 00:49:49 - Did ships carry spare ropess in case one of the lines broke, or did they then make do with a splice, knowing it was just not as good and more likely to break? 00:51:01 - Odd 'capital ship' definitions in the Second London Naval Treaty 00:56:20 - If Japan had the ability to project an invasion force on the American west coast in late Spring 1942 in the same strength as they did in the Philippines, how effective would the coastal defenses have been? 00:59:28 - Why was USS North Carolina saved over USS Washington? 01:01:52 - Channel Admin / US Trip An archive of Drydock Questions and free naval photos - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-16 12:00:04

USS Sangamon - Guide 279

The Sangamon class, escort carriers of the United States Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Aircraft-Carriers-Illustrated-History/dp/0870217399 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-Escort-Carriers-1942-45-Vanguard/dp/1472818105 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Allied-Escort-Carriers-World-War/dp/071371221X Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-13 12:00:14

American Civil War - River War Pt 2 - With reflections on other naval matters

Today we speak to author and historian Sean Chick about the riverine aspect of the American Civil War and a few other somewhat related topics! Find his latest book here: https://www.savasbeatie.com/grants-left-hook-the-bermuda-hundred-campaign-may-5-june-7-1864/ Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-10 11:27:29

The Drydock - Episode 193

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:59 - Why did the ADBA force at the Jave Sea lose so badly? 00:06:19 - Was there anything in HMS L8's logs regarding the loss of U-156? 00:09:16 - What would HMS Incomparable have been able to do at Jutland? 00:13:25 - Video on the Franklin expedition? 00:14:55 - Submarine minelaying systems? 00:19:07 - How does the USN preserve its ships well in reserve but museum ships struggle? 00:24:40 - Are there any “famous” ships still in the US mothball fleet? 00:26:35 - What was the criteria after World War II for ships to be kept in the active navy? 00:31:30 - Why were some mothball fleets in water and others pulled up on land? 00:35:02 - You can see sheds on an Iowa class BB. What are they for? 00:37:07 - G3/Nelson style cruisers? 00:39:55 - Would fitting the Dido Class cruisers with the 4.5” twin BD mounting (as fitted to the carriers, Renown, Queen Elizabeth and Valiant and trialled in Destroyer HMS Savage) have been physically possible? Would 12 x 4.5” have produced a more effective Anti-Aircraft cruiser? 00:42:24 - If you took all the museum ships in the States and they were restored to their WW2 condition how would that fleet rank compared to the other fleets during WW2, including Midway and U-505? 00:46:08 - How are depth charge throwers such as K and Y guns reloaded at sea? 00:48:00 - When Dreadnought came out, evey pre-dreadnought became, at best, 2nd line units. But quite a few ships were brand new, some still under construction. Did any nation try (or at least design) to change/upgrade an older ship to something like the Dreadnought, by, at least, removing all secondary weapons and trying to fit in main gun turrets? 00:50:06 - How often did the Essex class work up to their top speed and were the top speeds of the North Carolina and South Dakota class a hindrance? 00:53:42 - When and why did the royal navy cease the daily rum ration? 00:54:38 - Given the extremely long time between shots of the major guns on ironclads during the central battery/disappearing mount/early turret period, would smart tactics encourage firing first or waiting to close the range and hoping you didn’t get hit while doing so? 00:57:46 - Reliability of first-hand IJN accounts? 01:02:01 - Channel Admin An archive of Drydock Questions and free naval photos - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-09 12:00:29

USS Texas (1892) - Guide 278

The USS Texas, a unique pre-dreadnought battleship of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Battleships-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/1682477584 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Navy-Battleships-1886-98-pre-dreadnoughts-Spanish-American/dp/1472835026 https://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Battleships-1886-1923-John-Reilly/dp/0870215248 Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-06 12:00:01

The Scrap Iron Flotilla - Australian Destroyers in the Mediterranean

Today we take a look at the career of the so-called 'Scrap Iron Flotilla' and how they proved to be anything but, with huge help from a number of veterans who were actually there! This project commemorating the service by Victorians in the Mediterranean theatre of WW2 was created by History Guild and is supported by the Victorian Government and the Victorian Veterans Council. Transcript of interview with Arnold Coleman, 23/01/2004, Australians at War Film Archive, (Archive No 1408) http://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au retrieved 21/03/2022 Transcript of interview with Keith Young, 04/09/2003, Australians at War Film Archive (Archive No 877) http://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au retrieved 21/03/2022 Transcript of interview with Ean McDonald, 22/08/2003, Australians at War Film Archive (Archive No 579) http://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au retrieved 21/03/2022 Transcript of interview with Maxwell Middleton, 14/01/2004, Australians at War Film Archive (Archive No 978) http://australiansatwarfilmarchive.unsw.edu.au retrieved 21/03/2022 Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-04 10:32:29

The Drydock - Episode 192 (Live Segment) - 4th March 2022

Answering Patreon Alt-History and What-if's, then general questions

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-03 13:13:52

The Drydock - Episode 192

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:40 - 'Reprogramming' fire control computers on battleships? 00:06:51 - In regards to ships sunk by carrier-based aircraft. Is the Carrier from which those planes are based also credited with the kill? 00:11:05 - Which trades are made when making a dual purpose gun in the 4" to 5.25" range. IE, what design features makes for a good anti surface gun against destroyers and smaller vessels, and what design features makes for a good AA gun, and where do they clash? 00:17:48 - Welcome to Singapore! 00:27:22 - In terms of tonnage sunk, which carrier-based aircraft was the most effective in the Pacific Theater of WW2? 00:31:44 - 'Carrier Admirals' in the interwar period 00:35:01 - Given that the US & Royal Navies found particular advantages with light cruisers, particularly, The Brooklyn & Town classes, would the Imperial Japanese Navy have been better served keeping the Mogamis as 6" cruisers? And, if so, would this mean we would see the Yamato's secondary batteries be kitted out with twin 8" turrets? 00:37:39 - Could the Fenian plot to bomb HMS Canada have succeeded? 00:41:55 - What would daily life be like on a galley? 00:47:08 - What are some moments in documentaries or movies that stand out in your mind as just so terrible you can't unsee them? Flipside, what are some movies or documentaries that stand out as superlative in their accuracy or quality? 00:51:56 - What exactly is involved in designing a large naval gun? 00:56:57 - Open bridges vs. enclosed/covered bridges 00:58:54 - In refits & modernizations, how exactly are the larger pieces of machinery physically removed from the lower parts of the ship? Do designers usually build in methods of getting them out whilst removing minimal parts of the ship's internal structure? Or do you just have to accept that you'll be gutting half the ship? 01:02:03 - When was the last time a navy used a "dummy fleet" to throw off the enemy? 01:03:13 - In WWII action photos, British seamen are almost always shown wearing anti-flash gear on the heads and hands. But American sailors did not seem to adopt those measures. Is this an accurate impression, and if so, why the difference? 01:05:40 - Minesweeping ahead of invasions? 01:08:05 - The grounding of HMS Raleigh 01:10:56 - How did ship builders learn from each other during the age of sail? 01:12:27 - Calculating the odds for naval combat? 01:14:51 - It seems like some ships fired at least one of their guns one final time before they sank. Was this mere coincidence or was it the ship saying goodbye to her crew before she sank? 01:17:20 - What sort of impact did the Acacia class have on minesweeping in the Dardanelles upon arrival, compared to the preceding motley selection of trawlers etc? 01:19:38 - How much space would be required for a capital ship action to be considered "open ocean", to where Admirals weren't constrained by landmass? 01:22:44 - In the Stan Rogers song "The Nancy," what is the "moy" on Lake St Clair? 01:24:05 - What was the logic behind the Grand Fleet taking Armored Cruiser squadrons to Jutland? 01:26:15 - Did the Brits or any other Allied nation create any new Amphibs in WW2? 01:28:09 - I've seen/heard anecdotal evidence of ground-based artillery (field guns, howitzers, tank guns, etc.) being fired from the decks of landing ships in a shore bombardment role in WWII. Was this ever a systematic practice? If so, does evidence exist as to its efficacy? 01:31:22 - Basic hull thickness? 01:34:30 - What effect does a ships name have on them being presevred? 01:38:02 - It's very common in modern naval contracts for a component of "technology transfer" IE. technical know-how being provided as part of the deal, especially with a nation less experienced in shipbuilding. Were such components to naval contracts common in the age of steam and steel? 01:41:29 - Why made Great Eastern so resiliant? 01:45:00 - What do AA gun crews do in the case of a surface engagement? Would they just be on damage control duty? What would the main gun crew (no- dual purpose weapons) do if an air raid was taking place? 01:48:29 - How many Spanish ships fought in the Battle of Cape Passaro (1718)? 01:54:30 - In naval history, has there been a case where a comparatively, relatively easy change did or could made a big difference to the performance of a ship? 01:57:35 - Concrete ships?

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-02 12:00:34

USS Houston (CA-30) - Guide 277

The Houston, a Northampton class heavy cruiser of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ship-Ghosts-Houston-Legendary-Survivors/dp/0553803905 https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Cruisers-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/0870217186 https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/h/houston-ii.html https://www.history.navy.mil/content/dam/nhhc/research/underwater-archaeology/PDF/2014%20USS%20Houston%20(CA-30)%20DIVEX%20Field%20Report%20(P).pdf Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel

From Drachinifel at 2022-04-01 12:00:04

April 1st 2022 - It's Tradition

Today, relax with some friendly naval meme's to celebrate the arbitrary day we all act a little silly :D

From Drachinifel at 2022-03-30 12:00:10

The Regia Marina - Guns, Naval Policy and Early History

Today we take at a number of topics regarding the Regia Marine, the Italian Navy, alongside two Italian historians, with some interesting facts coming to light! You can find their channels here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kkfernet https://www.youtube.com/c/ParabellumStoria Free naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock Episodes in podcast format - https://soundcloud.com/user-21912004 Music - https://www.youtube.com/c/NCMEpicMusic

From Drachinifel at 2022-03-27 12:00:28

The Drydock - Episode 191

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:40 - Floatplanes on destroyers? 00:03:40 - Small ship skirmishes of WW2? 00:04:58 - Shapes on WW1 German destroyer masts? 00:06:47 - Why are some superfiring turrets more distant from each other behind than in the front, such as the Kongos? 00:12:44 - Why do you pronounce'lieutenant' different ways? 00:16:37 - In a surface action, using optical fire control, did the Cleveland's have any problems distinguishing between the shell splashes of the 5" and 6" guns? Did they employ any techniques to get around this problem? Did radar alleviate this problem? 00:21:54 - In terms of convoy duty and conventional naval engagement, which class of cruisers do you think is more suitable? Leander or Exeter? 00:25:07 - Drach, the Cleveland and Littorio classes all had exposed barbettes that could have been integrated into superstructure decks close by. Was this a weight saving measure? It makes them look slightly unfinished with the naked barbettes just poking out of the deck. 00:29:20 - PT Boat service records? 00:31:09 - Was there anything in the naval treaties that prevented a navy from leaving elements off of a design in order to save weight whilst the treaty was active that could be (relatively) easily fitted once either the escalator clause was triggered or the treaties were abandoned? For example, could a ship leave all of its AA armament neatly in a warehouse somewhere? 00:39:18 - With regard to anti-torpedo nets: What exactly was the follow up procedure once a torpedo was netted by the ship? 00:42:37 - What do you think of Admiral Spruance’s performance as commander of the 5th Fleet? 00:46:44 - In the early 20th century, which did nations take greater pride in, the race to build the most powerful battleship or the most opulent ocean liner? 00:49:35 - It seems that revolutions have much more impact on the navy than on the ground forces. Consider French, Russian / Soviet, and Chinese revolutions. In all 3 cases the ensuing civil wars on land were won, and new regimes more or less established themselves. However, France, Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China were in naval decline for several decades. Why is that? What's so special in naval combat that depends so heavily on institutional memory? 00:54:17 - Generally speaking, when a ship would be designed as a flagship, how many additional crew were required for an Admiral's shipboard staff and what roles would they play in fleet operations and the day-to-day flag operations? 00:59:16 - When a warship is being designed, at what stage do systems like plumbing and electrics for the crew get considered? 01:03:00 - Channel Admin An archive of Drydock Questions and free naval photos - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifelDrydock

From Drachinifel at 2022-03-26 20:00:01

Victory at Sea - WW2 Naval Wargames at 1:1800

Today, slightly delayed, we take a quick overview of Warlord Games Victory at Sea model range! You can look at the range and help the channel out a bit as well here: https://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21

From Drachinifel at 2022-03-26 12:00:33

HIRMS Gangut (1894) - Guide 276

The Gangut, a one-off coastal defence battleship of the Imperial Russian Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: Russian and Soviet Battleships - Stephen McLaughlin www.amazon.co.uk/Naval-Firepower-Battleship-Gunnery-Dreadnought-ebook/dp/B00KTI0T0E Naval photos and more - www.drachinifel.co.uk Model ships of many periods - http://store.warlordgames.com?aff=21 Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want a shirt/mug/hoodie - https://shop.spreadshirt.com/drachinifels-dockyard/ Want a poster? - https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt Want to get some books? www.amazon.co.uk/shop/drachinifel