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From Drachinifel at 2024-06-19 12:00:06

HMAS Diamantina - A River^3 Frigate

Today we take a look at the River-class frigate HMAS Diamantina, safe in her home in Brisbane, Australia! Visit her here! - https://maritimemuseum.com.au/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-16 12:48:58

The Drydock - Episode 302

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - When on peacetime operations to what percentage were ships magazines stocked? 00:06:16 - What if the Washington Naval Treaty had capped cruiser guns at 7 inches for light cruisers and 9 inches for heavy cruisers? 00:10:32 - The best seaplanes built by each navy during the second world war? 00:14:27 - Why superfire triples over twins? 00:19:01 - Of all the post-war battleship designs, which was the most realistic (or perhaps least unrealistic) for their respective navy to produce? And would this design have been useful as anything other than proof that battleships were obsolete? 00:25:42 - What could other navies have done on about 72,000 tons? 00:31:09 - In your opinion, did the US Navy need this defeat (loss of the Chesapeake) in order to reduce arrogance and possible worse tragedies later on? In other words, is there an American bright side to this event? 00:33:58 - Throughput the age of sail, was the primary limitation on innovation (for lack of a better descriptor) ideas or material? 00:37:51 - How common was it in the age of sail to voluntarily try to 1v1 (or 2v2) enemy ships of comparable size and capability? 00:41:23 - Could you build a fleet destroyer in disguise under the London Naval Treaties? 00:49:56 - What are the game changers that never were? 00:56:44 - Rapid fire escort carrier questions? 01:00:53 - How effective would a quarantine signal be at dissuading boarding? 01:02:59 - How more "effective" were certain building materials during the Age of Sail? 01:09:11 - Was it common for Japanese Navy officers to carry swords while on sea duty, and even on combat flights?

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-15 12:00:47

Austro-Hungarian Battleship Designs of WW1 - Guide 392 (NB)

The Project III and V battleships, design studies of the Austro-Hungarian Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kreuzer-Kreuzerprojekte-k-u-k-Kriegsmarine-1889/dp/3813207668/ Warship International, N°4, 1992, Question 52/90 Some drawings courtesy of Tzoli - https://www.deviantart.com/tzoli Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-12 12:00:36

The development of Ironclads - 1872 to 1879 in the Royal Navy - The Last Stand of the Sail

Today we take a look continuing look at the development of the ironclad in the Royal Navy! Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Birth-Battleship-British-Capital-1870-1881/dp/1840675349 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-Victorian-Norman-Friedman-ebook/dp/B0B19795T3 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-Oscar-Parkes/dp/085422002X https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warrior-Dreadnought-Warship-Development-1860-1905-ebook/dp/B00V6P9PV8 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-09 12:31:15

The Drydock - Episode 301

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - How many aircraft could a Shokaku carry in American service? 00:06:25 - What are the 3lbers on the Iron Duke class for? 00:08:42 - Were there any ships specifically intended for laying and maintaining anti torpedo and harbor defense nets? 00:11:46 - What realistic impact would successfully forcing the Dardanelles have had on the course of WWI? 00:17:37 - Has there ever been an attempt by other nations to convert vessels into training carriers? 00:18:58 - How many aircraft wrecks are in the Great Lakes? 00:20:40 - Why no medium calibre AA gun in the IJN? 00:26:29 - During the Napoleonic Wars, what was the percentage of the RN that was filled with pressed men? 00:35:58 - Was USS Sable / SS Greater Buffalo built in Ohio? 00:39:03 - Why no aircraft-carrying destroyers? 00:46:26 - In WWI there was commerce raiding. Did the chaos of war also result in any piracy? 00:49:06 - If, just before the decision is made to scrap HMS Warspite, the funds are magicked up to preserve her and one aircraft carrier as museum ships. Which carrier is likely to be selected based upon service record and condition at that time? 00:52:26 - Best choice for Chinese battelships in the interwar period? 00:58:04 - What would've been the 'best' or better usage of battleships during the pacific war? 01:01:53 - What would be the general disposition of forces for the Battle of Coral Sea if the Japanese had decided to send all of their fleet carriers to assist in the Invasion of Port Moresby? 01:05:46 - Radar tracking of friendly ships?

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-08 12:00:52

IJN A-150 / Super Yamato - Guide 391 (NB)

The A-150 or 'Super Yamato' Project, a battleship program of the Imperial Japanese Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capital-Ships-Imperial-Japanese-1868-1945/dp/1608880834 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Neutral-William-Garzke-1985-11-27/dp/B01N7M5D0B https://www.amazon.co.uk/BATTLESHIP-DEMOLITION-TESTS-MODIFIED-YAMATO/dp/9537892352 Some drawings courtesy of Tzoli - https://www.deviantart.com/tzoli Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-07 12:00:21

Frigate Duels of the War of 1812 - USS President vs HMS Endymion (and friends)

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 sixth true frigate duel of the War of 1812 (and last while the war was actually still going!), with one more to come! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - President vs Endymion Episode 1 (Constitution vs Guerriere) - https://youtu.be/XQqC5FbNF9Q Episode 2 (United States vs Macedonian) - https://youtu.be/BJhf8jays7w Episode 3 (Constitution vs Java) - https://youtu.be/9OgbNQDPIi8 Episode 4 (Chesapeake vs Shannon) - https://youtu.be/q0ObmqkCHoA Episode 5 (Essex vs Phoebe & Cherub) - https://youtu.be/LDoIhUPyaxo Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-05 12:00:55

Mined off Normandy - From a survivor of USS Tide

Today we have a rare opportunity, to hear from Jim Gardner, who was present in the naval armada off the D-Day beaches, with more from this interview to come later this month! Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-02 12:07:48

The Drydock - Episode 300

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - What ship would have carried the name Enterprise if carriers weren't invented? 00:02:48 - Is a carrier actually the ultimate battlecruiser? 00:06:16 - If the RN had accepeted 'only' 15" guns, would they have built a pair of F3? 00:10:23 - How did Rodney's salvo-chasing affect gunnery? 00:14:28 - What is the smallest possible citadel for a three turreted battleship? 00:17:55 - If they had had the 5-inch 54s back during World War ii, do you think they would have eventually replaced all the twin mounts on carriers, destroyers and other lighter vessels? Perhaps even on the battleships? 00:22:07 - If they had been completed how would the Malta class have affected the CVA-01(/design 30)’s development? 00:27:12 - Did the Ram Bow of warships last seen on RN ships in the R and Queen Elizabeth classes actually perform a similar function as modern bulbous bows even if not as effectively? 00:33:25 - Why so long to adapt pump-jets to torpedoes and submarines? 00:38:09 - How seriously was organic logistics, fleet tankers and the like, taken during the inter war years? 00:42:09 - Adjustable bowsprits and the Age of Sail? 00:45:56 - How badly did Stalin's meddling hamper Soviet naval procurement? 00:51:12 - Zeppelin L-23 and it's boarding of a Norwegian Schooner? 00:55:59 - How close in performance was CV-6 to CV-9 by the end of her career? 00:59:56 - What are some of the best naval history works that are available on public-domain book sites like Project Gutenberg?

From Drachinifel at 2024-06-01 12:00:49

MN Bearn - Guide 390

Bearn, an aircraft carrier converted from a battleship of the Marine Nationale (French Navy), is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warship-2020-John-Jordan/dp/1472840712 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warships-After-Washington-Development-1922-1930/dp/1848321171 https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Warships-Age-Steam-1859-1914/dp/152674533X Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-29 12:00:24

5 Naval Engineering Failures - Sink, Swim or Explode

At the behest of the fine folks over on Patreon, another installment of why some ship designers are best left at home. Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-26 15:42:20

The Drydock - Episode 299 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:28 - Can you explain and summarise the problems with availability of RN secondary armament turrets of various calibres before and through WW2, significant delays in commissioning and changes made to ships to overcome these issues? 00:06:57 - Stablity calculations through time? 00:12:40 - Why was Admiral Nagumo selected for command of Kido Butai? 00:16:26 - In the film Master & Commander, there are two lieutenants as far as I can tell, Mr. Pullings and Mr. Mowett. Would it be typical for a frigate to sail with only three officers? 00:19:17 - What is Ammonium Picrate (a.k.a. Dunnite) and why did the United States Navy keep using Ammonium Picrate for so long, since pretty much every other nation switched to other alternatives? 00:23:59 - Yamato's gunnery at Samar? 00:29:14 - Getting close to an enemy to provoke friendly fire / avoid being hit by enemies scared of it? 00:33:13 - Land based anti-shipping strike aircraft? 00:40:45 - Germans POW's in Canada? 00:45:05 - Caustic commentators? 00:52:40 - Top 3 and Bottom 3 converted aircraft carrier hulls? 01:01:12 - USN ship on the Thames in the late 1960's? 01:02:23 - What is the combination of flags to be flown to show a ship has been captured? 01:04:10 - Aircraft carrying Fletcher's. Why? 01:07:33 - Malta Convoy book recommendations? 01:09:56 - How often were ships lost in the Age of Sail? 01:13:38 - So there seems to be this perpetual myth going around that the reason the Battlecruisers at Jutland had accuracy issues was because Royal Navy XOs were limiting the amount of gunnery practice because it made the ship look dirty, which hurt their chances for promotion. 01:18:34 - Hypothetical auto-loading AA 6" secondary battery? 01:22:15 - How was Shinano's one good photo discovered? 01:24:53 - What is the difference between how a surface search radar and a surface fire control radar works? 01:30:41 - Why did the 20" Rodman gun fail? 01:35:01 - Just how good of commerce raiding ships would the Des Moines class have been? 01:40:55 - What would the the Japanese would have done if the U.S. Navy had left their battleships on the west coast of the U.S. instead of forward deploying them to Pearl harbour? 01:47:29 - How would a contemporary 'Great Eastern' have been used in WW1/2? 01:55:23 - Later pre-dreadnoughts / semi-dreadnoughts vs early Dreadnoughts? 02:00:13 - Guns that survive from ships that didn't? 02:05:14 - How much priority was given to aircrew if a carrier needed to be evacuated?

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-26 13:32:16

The Drydock - Episode 299 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:28 - What kind of kill/loss ratio would the German U-boats needed to have a chance at starving out the UK in World War 2? 00:04:22 - Was it common for American warships to have major "teething troubles" right out of commissioning, or were quality control standards largely upheld in the various shipyards despite the speed of expansion? 00:08:56 - Were sabots and undersized ammunition used during the age of iron & steam? 00:12:04 - What were the chances of friendly fire from descending AA shells that hit nothing but air? 00:15:57 - What is your opinion on 8-9 larger guns vs 12 smaller guns on a battleship? 00:22:23 - Why didn't the Italian's build their Dreadnoughts like they eventually rebuilt them in the first place? 00:25:17 - What's the point of a Naval Ensign / Navy Jack flag? 00:33:34 - How were ships moved around in harbor before the advent of steam-powered tugs? 00:35:23 - What's your call for the most interesting/unusual/obscure ship "legacy name" worldwide? 00:37:57 - The sinking of USS McCawley? 00:40:56 - What are 10 of your favorite badass quotes from naval figures in the middle of a battle or about to go into battle? 00:47:00 - Why was Habbakuk never followed through? 00:53:19 - Mk18 torpedo issues? 00:57:14 - Why did the RN order any Essex class? 01:03:24 - What was the damage to the Graf Spee that prevented her from sailing out? 01:07:50 - What was the best general purpose World War II destroyer? 01:10:27 - Razee'd first/second rates? 01:13:48 - As a kid, I always wondered why the dive bombers didn't just drop their bombs down the funnel? 01:17:21 - What was the procedure for dealing with coal bunker fires and how did it vary between civilian and military vessels? 01:21:05 - Cities built out of ships? 01:23:59 - During the bombardments as part of the allied invasion, Warspite had to have her guns replaced, when she did so, how likely would it be for any of the guns she picked up to have been ones she had carried previously? 01:29:43 - Could USS Wyoming be refit to be a fast AA Battleship? 01:36:48 - Kongo's at Jutland? 01:45:04 - Did the USN aerial torpedoes use the same triggering mechanism as the Mark 14, and if not, could this mechanism been retrofitted into the Mark 14? 01:47:51 - Are you familiar with the historic fiction novel series “Bolitho” by author Alexander Kent? 01:50:03 - What are the theoretical size limits to bronze guns? 01:52:46 - Could you 'Pearl Harbor' the Royal Navy? 01:58:30 - Did the French cheat the Washington Naval Treaty? 02:01:55 - What happens if the Royal Navy and U.S Navy adopt a more Italian/French/Japanese 'interpretation' of the treaty limits... and lie horredously about displacement? 02:07:18 - What exactly made the Hipper class so inefficient? 02:12:19 - Do you ever intend to visit the Washington Navy Yard/National Museum of the US Navy and/or feature some of the more unique artifacts they have there? 02:14:02 - What tensions existed between Britain and the US that warranted the Naval Treaties to ease the relationship? 02:21:14 - Could torpedoes be used against wooden ships? 02:25:29 - To the best of your knowledge, when was the first time a Chinese warship circumnavigated the Earth? 02:27:00 - If Vickers hadn’t upsold the 14” guns to the IJN, would the 12” armed Kongos still have been viewed as useful? 02:30:43 - Earliest 'real' naval battle photos/film? 02:34:33 - I can't visualize a paravane "chain" cutting another chain holding a mine to the seafloor. How exactly does this work? 02:37:16 - HMS Garry and the shooting of the crew of UB-110? 02:42:03 - So why did the British do that whole USS Robin exercise? 02:43:27 - What in your opinion are the most amusing messages/banners/signal flags exchanged between two enemy combatant ships? 02:48:17 - Would an ocean going train ferry have made a better 'ready to convert to aircraft carrier' ship? 02:53:01 - What happened when sailors and officers boarded a ship in the Age of Sail? 02:59:37 - Could Hood have 'won' the Battle of Denmark Strait?

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-25 12:41:40

Impromptu Live from Narvik with friends

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-25 12:00:10

HMS Canada / Almirante Latorre - Guide 389

HMS Canada / Almirante Latorre, a single dreadnought battleship of the British Royal Navy and Chilean Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-World-War-One/dp/1848321473 www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Fleet-Warship-Development-1906-1922/dp/186176099X www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleship-Norman-Friedman/dp/1848322259 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-24 12:00:17

Shipwrecks and Australia - The Dutch VOC, Batavia and SS Xantho at the WA Shipwreck Museum!

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 Western Australia Shipwreck Museum and the long history it chronicles! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Museum Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-22 12:00:31

Galveston Naval Park - The Dichotomy of Submarine and Sub-Hunter

Today we take a look at the history behind one half of the main exhibits at this small but mighty museum, and the other half sank the carrier Shokaku! Visit them here: https://www.galvestonnavalmuseum.com/ My interview on their channel: https://youtu.be/BX3wv7x6WN4 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-19 12:00:47

The Drydock - Episode 298

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - How common was it for small navy ships to enter civilian service after WWII? 00:05:00 - Could the Scharnhorst-class have been armed with 14" 3-gun primary turrets? 00:07:12 - How did Byrd and King get along? 00:09:27 - Where would you say is the definitive beginning of the Royal Navy? 00:14:39 - Would Sovereign of the Seas have been competitive in the early 19th century with updated armaments? 00:17:10 - Why did deck edge elevators take so long to be introduced onto aircraft carriers? 00:21:58 - Why build a 3-gun instead of a triple turret? 00:26:37 - 18"/47 vs 16"/56 in triple turrets? 00:29:17 - Was there ever a thought of a temporary framework of wood or canvas being added to increase the Monitor's freeboard? And would that even work? 00:31:50 - Could the fast trade clipper ships have been converted into effective commerce raiders? 00:33:48 - You mentioned that USS Monitor had its doorknobs stolen by tourists during its stint at the Washington Naval Yard. Are there any other notable incidents of ships being looted, either by their own crews or tourists, and what were the most popular items to steal? 00:37:46 - Stability of CSS Virginia and USS Monitor? 00:40:08 - Was there anything particularly interesting about the Royal Navy’s East Indies Station during the period of 1865-WW1 onset? 00:43:53 - Assuming an ahistorical willingness to engage with or be baited into a grand battle by the US, when was the last date in which the Japanese could have won their Kantai Kessen major battle? 00:49:08 - What sea fortifications throughout naval history paid for themselves? 00:54:09 - What really defines a transitional design? 01:00:35 - How exactly were ships' timbers and masts seasoned in the age of sail? 01:02:42 - Was the Admiralty M-N Scheme feasible?

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-18 12:00:05

HMS Neptune - Guide 388

HMS Neptune, a single dreadnought battleship of the British Royal Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-World-War-One/dp/1848321473 www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Fleet-Warship-Development-1906-1922/dp/186176099X www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleship-Norman-Friedman/dp/1848322259 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-15 12:01:01

Western Australia Maritime Museum - Commando Canoes, Submarines, Steam Engines and more!

Dropping back to the second port of call during the Shipshape Australia tour of 2023, Perth, we take a look at the WAMM and some of its collection of rare bits of maritime history! Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-12 11:39:21

The Drydock - Episode 297

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - When were lifeboats first required for ships? 00:04:56 - How did the German escort ships compare to their British counterparts? 00:09:50 - Why no German minelayer submarines in WW2? 00:12:58 - Why do some ships have a much lower stern? 00:18:12 - Why would a blunt head be more hydrodynamic? 00:23:20 - Since Mahan's doctrine was so misunderstood, how could it have been applied by the Japanese in WWII? 00:32:52 - Had the War of 1812 gone on for longer and the Americans built their own freshwater first-rate to counter HMS St. Lawrence, how would the naval situation on Lake Ontario turn out? 00:36:54 - What exactly is raking fire. Why is it so important? 00:40:32 - What exactly was it that gave USS Constitution such a strong reputation with the British as a threat? 00:43:30 - 'Under-charged' guns? 00:47:52 - Harwood vs Troubridge in engagements with bigger foes? 00:55:21 - Jeanne de Clisson? 01:00:10 - How did the term "gunboat diplomacy" get started? 01:03:51 - Warspite vs Yamato? 01:10:04 - Mistaking Texas for an R class?

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-11 12:00:44

USS Delaware - Guide 387

The Delaware class, battleships of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the boats here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Battleships-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/1682477584/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-United-States-World-War/dp/0870210998/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/American-Battleships-1886-1923-John-Reilly/dp/0870215248/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-10 14:00:19

Puget Sound Navy Museum - Shipyard History Done Well

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 museum found a few hundred yards from USS Turner Joy, or possibly the ship is a few hundred yards from the museum? 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Museum Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-08 12:00:38

The Invention of the Depth Charge - Kaboom? Yes Jellicoe, Kaboom!

Today we take a look at how the depth charge in particular came to be. General history of underwater warfare - Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Depth-Charge-Charges-Underwater-1914-1945/dp/1526796430/ https://www.cnrs-scrn.org/northern_mariner/vol03/tnm_3_1_45-58.pdf https://maritime.org/doc/depthcharge9/index.php#pg19 http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Cruiser_Mine_(UK) http://www.dreadnoughtproject.org/tfs/index.php/Type_D_Depth_Charge_(UK) Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-05 13:05:20

The Drydock - Episode 296

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - Space/weight implications of turrets? 00:07:58 - Why did Germany scuttle so many of their ships at the end of the war? 00:10:36 - Which "Lutzow" had a hard time at the hands of Norwegian shore batteries? 00:14:10 - Concerning the capture of the future SMS Seeadler, why was one submarine crewman enough to convince the crew to sail for Germany (british prize crew excluded, because they were locked up) when they could have easily overpowered him after the U-boat left ? 00:19:38 - How did water flow from one compartment to the next aboard Titanic? 00:24:53 - How can you distinguish ships of different countries in the age of sail? 00:29:51 - Did the Royal navy ever consider creating a naval version of the 17 pounder or the Quick Fire 3.7 inch gun the British Army was using? 00:31:43 - Given the magnitude of the situation why didn't the Spanish have any ships harass the English Armada as it moved around? 00:34:51 - If the 24 pounders of vasa's Era would penitrate 90 cm of wood [36 inch] why were so many casemates including the timber clads and the tin clads that had maybe an inch of boiler plate built with 24 inch wooden walls? 00:38:57 - How do you distinguish between a good accurate book/account of an event and bad/lying one? 00:47:45 - Was there ever any attempts at a Jet torpedo bomber? 00:50:08 - How long after the first and second world war's were errant sea mines a threat to shipping? 00:52:25 - Why did US ships tend to have more crew than other nations ships of a similar size/role/displacement in the interwar/WW2 period? 00:57:11 - How was the division of the bombardment force of Operation Neptune decided, given that some beaches had multiple battleships and on others the heaviest asset was a light cruiser? 00:59:38 - Why did USN aircrew start wearing brown shoes instead of the standard black shoes? 01:00:50 - Do we know if the italian navy ever considered a naval bombarment of Valleta, specifically the area of the port? Couple of battleships with escorts, time it to have air cover from Sicily maybe?

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-04 12:00:16

LCVP / Higgins Boats - Guide 386

The LCVP, landing craft of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the boats here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Allied-Landing-Craft-World-War/dp/0870210645/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Andrew-Jackson-Higgins-Eisenhower-Studies/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Boat-That-Won-War-Illustrated/dp/159114597X/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-03 14:04:03

Battleship New Jersey Drydocking - Tours w/Drach, Ticket Giveaway and Meetup! (25th-26th May 2024)

A quick video outlining the ongoing drydocking of USS New Jersey, how you can come and visit it, get a tour with me and a few other bits! Tours with me or Ryan: https://63691.blackbaudhosting.com/63691/tickets?tab=3&txobjid=5f2067b7-2204-441b-b639-55f9a1316721 Regular Tours: https://63691.blackbaudhosting.com/63691/Dry-Dock-Tours-10May2024 Evening Meetup: https://www.victorspub.com/ Email for Giveaway Entry - fiveminuteguides@gmail.com

From Drachinifel at 2024-05-01 12:00:16

Frederick 'Johnnie' Walker - From Stork to Starling (Part 2 - Early 1942 to June 1943)

Today we take a look at the middle stages of the WW2 career of 'Johnnie' Walker and the last voyage of HMS Stork under his command. Part 1 - https://youtu.be/Q601tmyBBkc Sources: Walker RN - Robertson, Terence (1956) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Captain-Alan-Burn/dp/1399077279/ http://www.admiraltytrilogy.com/pdf/Buttercup_vs_Raspberry_Connections_Online_2022.pdf Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-28 15:22:20

The Drydock - Episode 295 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:33 - Why were battleship superstructures so different? 00:08:57 - Why were HMS Jellicoe and HMNS Beatty renamed to Anson and Howe? 00:13:03 - Could the Mk13 issues have been found pre-war? 00:17:58 - What would IJN doctrine look like if the IJN had figured out either before or early in the War that Kantai Kessen wasn't working, and how long would it take them to develop new doctine? 00:25:35 - Was there something about German Naval service and/or industry that held back fire-control development? 00:30:04 - Were there ever attempts to modify harbors through dredging or other ways to increase the size of ships that could be accommodated in the harbor? 00:32:57 - Reaction of High Seas Fleet to HMS Zubian? 00:34:58 - How does range and other data get sent through a ship? 00:41:05 - Did King want to invade the Mariannas soley to give the USAAF a base from which to bomb Japan, or did he have other reasons too? 00:44:02 - How big and expensive were ships back in the day? 00:49:38 - Which WW1 or WW2-era carrier or capital ship is best known for its sheer resilience and fighting spirit? 00:52:53 - What were the impacts on the deployment of a "electrified" warship on a strategic and tactic level? 00:57:09 - Please can you calculate where a shell fired from the 9.2inch coastal gun retrieved from Gibraltar and currently on display at James Clavell Square in Woolwich (51° 29.681′ N, 0° 4.24′ E.) would land if someone would be so mischievous as to fire it? 00:59:27 - What can you tell me about Operation Pelikan? 01:06:17 - What did the transition from drum beats to shipwide alarms look like? 01:12:09 - Why did double acting cylinders take so long to make it to ships? 01:15:42 - Why do we see exceptional leadership and high performance only on some ships? 01:25:53 - Admiral Beresfords 'silent orders' initiative? 01:30:43 - The capture of U-570 and her subsequent career as HMS Graph? 01:35:54 - What was the nature of the damage caused to Amagi by the Kanto earthquake? 01:39:30 - Did the IJN have any system for recovering their downed pilots? 01:42:11 - What is your take on the influence/impact of Japanese/Chinese animeization of historical navy ships (the conversion of historical ships to shipgirls)? 01:45:19 - HMS Tiger vs Belgrano? 01:51:35 - 14"/55 or greater to get around some of the Treaty restrictions? 01:55:48 - Larger classes of ships were usually built in different yards. Szent Istvan aside, are there stories of notable and important differences, when all yards should have been building from the same plans? 01:58:05 - How did Force Z plan to resupply battleship-specific consumables and how did navies with global power projection plan to resupply capital ships on foreign station? 02:01:40 - Why were the Spaniards in the Armada carrying so much gold when they should have anticipated battle? 02:06:38 - Did the USN 'win' the War of 1812 at sea? 02:12:42 - How heavy was the biggest cannonball a ship got hit with during the classic Age of Sail, and how heavy was the resulting damage? 02:15:10 - Montana's with turbo-electric drive? 02:19:32 - Can you explain the USN WW2 plane numbering conventions? 02:27:28 - Land guns in naval use? 02:34:21 - Was there any reason why Germany would not have been able to have Italy use some of their shipyards to increase their output? 02:37:56 - Incidents in the age of sail that mirrored the Battle of Samar? 02:42:07 - Replacement for SMS Goben/Yavuz Sultan Selim?

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-28 12:25:01

The Drydock - Episode 295 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:33 - Other navies Enterprise's? 00:07:06 - What are sailors watches? 00:12:18 - Given the relatively size parity between the Queen Elizabeth’s and the Colorados why did the QEs require and additional 50000ish HP to reach a speed only 3 knots higher? 00:15:34 - Ships that won but sank? 00:20:56 - How lethal is HE fire compared to AP fire against battleships? 00:29:32 - Did the French over or underachieve in the Carribean during the American Revolution? 00:35:43 - If you could decide the focus of a USN centered series by the “Band of Brothers” “Pacific”, “Masters of the Air” producers, what would you focus on? 00:41:27 - Was the PQ17 decision a mistake? 00:44:06 - Firing a broadside to free a ship? 00:50:28 - Did the Allies try to send false signals to lure U-Boats into a trap? 00:56:16 - In the Age of Sail, how did someone become a shipwright? 01:00:48 - Tons vs barrels of oil? 01:02:45 - When the settlers reached the west coast of the US and saw the giant sequoia trees where they thinking "Wow, we are going to make the biggest ships ever!" or was it more like "These trees are way too big to use, practically speaking!" 01:04:54 - How are gun diameters determined....why go from a 5 inch to a 5.25 instead of to a 6? 01:10:55 - Fun naval wagers? 01:12:56 - How long ago in warship history did they decide to cut ships in two to lengthen (or shorten) an existing hull? 01:16:30 - What are the chances of getting a video on the Battle of Lake Baikal for it's anniversary later in the year? 01:17:44 - When a foreign ship is operating with another navy for long periods of time, how do supplies, fuel, repairs get controlled and paid for? 01:21:43 - Admiral Yamaguchi's tactics at Midway? 01:26:09 - If the Kriegsmarine had developed an effective radar fire control system by 1940, would the lighter/outnumbered surface fleet pose a serious threat to the RN's ability to blockade Germany? 01:29:59 - Could you discuss the British Battleship 1929 Design 16A and compare it to Admiral Hiraga’s potential Treaty compliant battleship design with 10 16-inch guns and contemporary US designs of the same period? 01:36:57 - Why wasn't polygonal rifling taken further? 01:42:04 - Inter-wawr Japanese problems in ship construction? 01:47:51 - At what point in time was angled “armour” first deliberately used? 01:50:43 - How was potable water stored and/or generated in lifeboats during the 20th century, and how has it improved over the years? 01:54:38 - How quickly could age of sail ships change and maintain speed? 01:59:24 - Why did the US Marine Corps become more of a self contained army instead of most other countries using them as Protection or Special Forces? 02:03:53 - How long is a ship in the slipway before getting pushed out to a drydock? 02:09:32 - Were there any noteworthy examples where such a seaplane was successful such as providing spotting for over-the-horizon main battery fire? 02:12:59 - Disesel vs steam power in a race? 02:16:02 - If you can take the collected works of one naval historian with you to a desert island, including anything NOT naval history. Who do you pick? 02:17:36 - Soon after the contact of the High Seas Fleet & the Grand Fleet, Admiral Scheer ordered “Gefechskehrtwendung nach Steuerbord”. The signal must have been verbal or morse code. How would the signal been given using the flags of that period? 02:18:59 - How does Yamato stack up with regard to accuracy, supreme, average or sub-par? Or do we have enough data to even make such qualifications? 02:25:26 - Best interwar trade-protection type cruiser of any navy? 02:30:32 - In a car, the clutch allows the driver to switch gears. Was that the function of Belfast's clutch? 02:34:13 - 'Armoured deck' carriers in WW2? 02:42:23 - Did merchant vessels in the Age of Sail defer certain types of activities until they reached port? 02:46:36 - How common was it for uncomissioned warships to engage in battle? 02:50:17 - Diesels used in ships and subs. Did they have reversing gear or did you stop engine do some valve/timing changes and restart in the opposite direction. How long did it take to reverse? 02:52:37 - How would you rate the US crews during the War of 1812 in regard to training? 02:59:22 - Battleships and Battlecruisers or a single design?

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-27 12:00:05

USS Pennsylvania (1837) - Guide 385

The USS Pennsylvania class, sole first rate ship of the line of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/History-American-Sailing-Navy/dp/1568522223 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Line-Battle-Sailing-Warship-1650-1840/dp/0785812679 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bridging-Seas-Architecture-Industrial-Transformations/dp/0262538075/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-26 14:00:17

Frigate Duels of the War of 1812 - USS Essex vs HMS Phoebe and HMS Cherub

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 fifth true frigate duel of the War of 1812, with more to come! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Essex vs Phoebe and Cherub Episode 1 (Constitution vs Guerriere) - https://youtu.be/XQqC5FbNF9Q Episode 2 (United States vs Macedonian) - https://youtu.be/BJhf8jays7w Episode 3 (Constitution vs Java) - https://youtu.be/9OgbNQDPIi8 Episode 4 (Chesapeake vs Shannon) - https://youtu.be/q0ObmqkCHoA Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-24 12:27:33

How to Build a Battleships Main Guns - Is a Bigger Battery Better?

Claim your 30-day free trial for MagellanTV here: https://sponsr.is/magellantv_drachinifel Hear the voices of those who were actually there in 'Remembering PEarl Harbor', 'The Last Voices of WW1' and many others. Today we take a look at some of the basics on how a battleship gun in constructed and what variations you might see in so doing. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Naval-Ordnance-Gunnery-Bureau-Personnel/dp/1940453461 Text Book of Gunnery - 1902 - Ordnance Office Popular Science Monthly - Volume 91 Brasseys Naval Annual - Various Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-21 13:23:20

The Drydock - Episode 294

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:01 - The co-reign of William and Mary predates the label HMS, but what would happen if there were another such case of two monarchs in Britain? It's fortunate that both His and Her start with H, thus HMS is unaffected, but in my scenario, would it change to TMS (Their Majesties' Ship)? 00:05:41 - Given the size of the Imperial German Navy compared to the French Navy why didn't the Germans plan a naval invasion of France in 1914? 00:11:54 - Would it have been better for the Japanese to build more heavy cruisers instead of Yamato and Musashi, tactically and resources wise? 00:15:20 - Can you exceed 100 miles range with a battleship gun? 00:20:34 - Could the Alabama have brought up to modernization like Iowa's were postwar, and how long do you think her service could have gone on? 00:28:29 - Given hindsight, would the major navies of WW2 have been better off building the all-or-nothing with a ‘high turtleback’ (as you called it) armour scheme? 00:34:28 - A lot has been made about how the American ships carried heavier guns in the War of 1812 ship duels. Would you say that overconfidence among British captains, and the substandard gunnery of the Halifax/Bermuda squadrons played a greater role? 00:40:30 - British "Anti-Invasion Submarines" in WW2 and potential uses? 00:46:06 - How dangerous was lightning in the age of steam and steel? 00:50:53 - If you were to select one ship to be a museum/war memorial for each of the navies listed below to commemorate their service in World War 2 which ship would you choose and why? (Royal Navy, German Navy, French Navy, United States Navy, Italian Navy, Japanese Navy, Norwegian Navy, Russian Navy, Australian Navy, New Zealand Navy, and Canadian Navy) 00:55:33 - We all hear about piracy in the age of sail around the Barbary Coast and the Caribbean. Are there other hotspots in the time that are less well known? 01:00:01 - During WWII, how close did the Royal Navy come to losing control of the eastern Mediterranean during the Battle of Crete? 01:02:24 - Given the culture of the Royal Navy at the time, what would be the realistic reaction to the officers aboard HMS Victoria and Camperdown had they ignored Tryon’s order which led to the collision?

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-20 12:00:08

Santa Ana class - Guide 384

The Santa Ana class, first rate ships of the line of the Spanish Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Spanish-Warships-Age-Sail-1700-1860/dp/1526790785 https://bibliotecavirtual.defensa.gob.es/BVMDefensa/i18n/catalogo_imagenes/grupo.cmd?path=75152 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-19 11:32:13

The Drydock - Episode 270/274 (Live Segment) - 22nd April 2024

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

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-17 12:00:35

HMAS Castlemaine - Wonderfully Preserved History

To explore the history and making of the X4009 timepieces, visit REC Watches - https://www.recwatches.com/timepieces/limited-editions/aircraft/ The third port of call during the Shipshape Australia tour of 2023, was Melbourne, starting off with a visit to HMAS Castlmaine! Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-14 11:54:21

The Drydock - Episode 293

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:52 - Between the Matsushimas, Kitakami, Shimakaze, the Tones, the refit Fusos and the refit Ises, which was the worst of the IJN’s “what the hell” designs? 00:05:53 - Why didn't the Germans press any Soviet ships into service with the Kriegsmarine? 00:09:52 - Would 2 Shokaku's instead of the Yamato's extend the Pacific War and if so by how much? 00:19:57 - When HMS Dreadnought was launched, she famously made the pre-Dreadnoughts of the time obsolete basically overnight. But seeing as there was only one of her and it would take a while to to replace a whole fleet, were there any plans to modernise some of the pre-Dreadnoughts? And if yes, what did this pre-Dreadnought modernisation look like and how much could you squeeze out of one to make it as useful as possible in a dreadnought world? 00:25:24 - Pronunciation of names? 00:36:09 - Submarine in ANZAC convoy? 00:36:49 - Hypothetically, regardless of any casualties to the Eastern Fleet. How does the IJN go forward with the Battles of Coral Sea and Midway having only CarDivs 1 and 5 making up the Kido Butai? 00:41:35 - How deep into each of the major types of aircraft carrier would an inert 16" shell penetrate (assuming it doesn't hit anything too solid on the way down)? 00:46:28 - Do you think there are any riverine warships from which could be found away from the current path of the river they sank in? 00:49:35 - Was there any way to prevent the reset of gun size from the 413mm main battery of the Victoria class to the common pre-dreadnought and early dreadnought 305mm main batteries? 00:53:54 - An American officer wanted to be Beatty? 00:57:38 - Were any torpedoes in the interwar period designed or modified to specifically defeat any of the torpedo protection schemes being developed? 01:02:41 - Which ship or naval operation in the period covered by the channel. Looks like it was thought up, designed and built/implemented by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond?

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-13 12:00:34

HMS Caledonia - Guide 383

The Caledonia class, first rate ships of the line of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Warships-Age-Sail-1793-1817/dp/1844157172 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Warships-Age-Sail-1817-1863-ebook/dp/B00SGC4V9K https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ship-Line-Development-Battlefleet-1650/dp/0851772528 https://www.amazon.co.uk/LAST-SAILING-BATTLEFLEET-Maintaining-Mastery/dp/0851775918 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-12 14:00:18

John Dahlgren and the Half Charge Myth - Did USS Monitor go into battle under-powered?

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 reality behind the idea that USS Monitor went into battle under-powered compared to its 'true potential' 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Dahlgren Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-10 12:00:34

HRH Prince Philip - 'Just getting on with it' under the White Ensign

Today we take a look at the early life of HRH Prince Philip, how he came to join the Royal Navy, what he accomplished in it, and when his naval career switched to one of Royal Service. Prince Philip on his WW2 service: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pX5UNcFUNN4 Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Young-Prince-Philip-Turbulent-Early/dp/0007305397/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prince-Philip-Revealed-Man-Century/dp/1471183556/ https://navywings.org.uk/portfolio/prince-philip-saved-us-from-dying/ https://www.forces.net/news/prince-philip-duke-edinburghs-active-service-career https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-latest-activity/news/2021/april/12/20210412-dofe-career https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2003/dec/28/monarchy.davidsmith https://www.royal.uk/early-life-and-education https://www.royal.uk/naval-career Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-07 12:35:37

The Drydock - Episode 292

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:47 - If there hadn’t been the resistance to back and forth on accepting the concept, how much sooner could the Independence class have been built? Could one or two have been in service by Midway or the Guadalcanal campaign? 00:06:17 - Why did the Essex's arrive so quickly? 00:11:44 - During the Age of Sail we know the British were very pretty good at boarding actions (To the point some officer like Nelson and Cochrane were likely born with a cutlass in hand) and the French's abilities tended to wax and wane depending on the exact time and commander, but how good or bad at boarding actions were the Spanish and American navies? 00:20:46 - What if HMS Unicorn had been ordered and completed a couple years earlier? 00:26:35 - Would the Nelsons have been better off having A and B turrets at deck level and C turret superfiring over the other two, in the style of the Mogamis' forward turrets? 00:31:59 - In your opinion if the Guerriere had been up to date, would it have been a more equal battle between her and Constitution? And how do you think the battle would have really played out then? 00:36:07 - What would’ve been played on the Mary Rose drums they found? 00:40:31 - Accidental advances in naval design? 00:45:16 - Were the 18.1" guns in fact, the upper limit of plausible gun design during the period the channel covers? 00:52:13 - If Force A saw the special strike group on its way to hit Dorsetshire and Cornwall in it's radar, why was there no CAP or other fighter interception? 00:56:45 - The wreck of the SS Richard Montgomery? 01:02:19 - Why did the Royal Navy put such wimpy main guns on KGV? 01:08:41 - German WW2 aerial torpedoes?

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-06 12:00:10

USS Barb - Guide 382

The legendary train-wrecking submarine USS Barb, of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the subs here: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs/b/barb-i.html https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thunder-Below-Revolutionizes-Submarine-Warfare/dp/0252066707 https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-S-Barb-SS-220-American-Submarine/dp/1932606106 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-03 12:00:18

Frederick 'Johnnie' Walker - Gladiator of the Convoy's (Part 1 - 1896 to early 1942)

Today we take a look at the early life of 'Johnnie' Walker and the first major opening engagement he fought in WW2, the convoy HG-76 Sources: Walker RN - Robertson, Terence (1956) https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Captain-Alan-Burn/dp/1399077279/ http://www.admiraltytrilogy.com/pdf/Buttercup_vs_Raspberry_Connections_Online_2022.pdf Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-04-01 13:00:32

The Last Stand of IJN Takao - Guns vs Godzilla (April 1st)

Today we take a look at the last stand of the IJN's cruiser force, this time against a giant radioactive lizard! Sources: Godzilla Minus One Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-31 16:58:31

The Drydock - Episode 291 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:25 - What were the biggest differences between the US Navy's Patrol craft and Sub Chasers? 00:07:49 - Was there any effort to salvage and repair the Royal Oak? 00:13:35 - What do you think are the most ridiculous weapons used for boarding actions throughout the period the channel covers? 00:18:40 - What is the etiquette concerning use of the term "skipper"? 00:21:43 - What websites or books or other resources would be good for finding blue prints of British WWII warships? 00:26:43 - How difficult was it for the US to carry out the refit of the Richelieu? 00:33:01 - Why did the US give its older fleet tugs (AT) a different classification (ATO) in 1944? 00:38:50 - How many depth charges were carried on WW2 destroyers? 00:44:50 - 'Fake fighting' at sea? 00:51:53 - Who takes over if Lion blows up at Jutland? 00:56:15 - WW1 US sailor travels? 00:59:33 - English fleet ammunition loads during the Spanish Armada campaign? 01:05:43 - Is there a steam-and-steel period admiral that in your mind resembles Admiral Sir Edward Hawke? 01:10:20 - What was the last US Navy ship to capture a vessel for which prize money was paid out? 01:14:32 - How did they measure (rotational) torque? How did a torque sensor work for a battleship's shaft? 01:19:26 - Examples where one ship of a class significantly outshone all her sisters? 01:23:10 - Blind-spot in HMS Warspite's refit armament? 01:25:22 - How aware would the stokers, trimmers and engineers deep in the belly of coal fired warships be of the battle going on outside of the ship? Also what would the action stations be of said crew members who were off duty? 01:28:15 - Why were 18lb cannon considered so inferior to 24lbers when the diameter is not that much different? 01:33:31 - Why does Halsey partially get away with his mistakes compared with Beatty? 01:40:06 - Should Hampton Roads be considered a total Confederate defeat? 01:44:52 - What is the shortest range naval gun hit? 01:48:24 - What was the 'Unrotated Projectile' system the British experimented with in WW2? 01:54:26 - In ships of the "Steam and Steel" era, how much did crew stations factor into a ships design/stability calculations? 01:57:26 - In the theoretical decisive battles of the dreadnaught era, how did the on paper order of battle of a fleet translate into the actual structure of the fleet in battle? 02:03:01 - The modern us navy uses a series of operating manuals to provide the standard for ship operations. These primarily being CSOSS and EOSS. Were there any precursors to this system in the past and how did those work? 02:09:35 - Building ships in one place and assembling them in another? 02:16:08 - Even at the peak of the Napoleonic wars the Royal Navy created many more officers than necessary to command the fleet, to the point that even quite famous officers had trouble finding active employment. How did the Navy justify the expense of keeping so many supernumerary officers on half-pay? 02:23:39 - US Navy Search and Rescue for its carrier pilots and aircrew in the Pacific theatre? 02:29:04 - For the British Navy in the age of sail, 1650 - 1850, when signing up to serve aboard a ship, does this entitle your family members to collect your pay if you happened to die in service or was it up to the individual to send home money if they made it to pay day? 02:37:58 - What were the manufacturing tolerances for guns and shells required to have to get that consistent accuracy? 02:42:21 - How bad could flag signalling get? 02:49:18 - How common was it for submarine commanders to be as politically adept as Fluckey of USS Barb was portrayed in his book? 02:54:43 - Effectiveness of heavy AA? 03:05:34 - How effective were the Romanian and Bulgarian navys against the Russians during the black sea campaign in WW2? 03:07:45 - Naval jet aircraft in late WW2? 03:10:55 - What was the intended role of the Helmover 'Super Torpedo' and do you suppose it would have actually worked? 03:14:55 - Other than the Anzac landing, are there other interesting or decisive naval battles in the region that contributed to the Ottoman Empire loss and the subsequent British/French mandate for the region? 03:17:39 - Why weren't the IJN alerted at Midway on the 3rd? 03:18:48 - Battle of Leyte Gulf sailings?

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-31 12:32:11

The Drydock - Episode 291 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:30 - How much of a role would the Allied navies have had in Operation Downfall after the landings? 00:04:32 - How useful were torpedoes on cruisers in WW2? 00:09:41 - Did Frigates in the age of sail and their cousins in the world wars ever carry marines as part of their standard compliment for ground deployment or boarding actions? 00:14:12 - How much evolution and what changes in capability were incorporated in QE and Valiant from the earlier rebuild of Warpite? 00:17:13 - The unavailability of tea in September and October of 1914? 00:22:00 - In the Battle of Coral Sea, which was the more significant loss, Shoho or Neosho? 00:25:44 - How difficult would it have been to swap in newer better 11" guns to the Deutschlands? 00:30:39 - Is it just Hollywood-speak that we get something like "right full rudder, hard over" and not use starboard? 00:35:16 - Weight of cannon ball vs calibre and reuse of guns? 00:39:52 - Does turning the guns actually help balance a list? 00:46:10 - Can you refit a ship on a remote island? 00:50:20 - Why did large naval battles drop in frequency? 00:58:27 - The phrase 'curse like a sailor' had to come from somewhere. Without getting the video demonetized, could you describe the regulations (if any) on profanity in the Royal Navy at the time, and perhaps compare it with other navies? 01:06:05 - How did naval careers specialize in the Age of Sail for sailors who were not officers in the Royal Navy? 01:09:53 - Naval guns vs land guns? 01:19:39 - What happened when warship gets struck by lightning? 01:24:49 - On board an age of sail vessel, what tasks (swabbing guns, swabbing decks, cleaning dishes, clothes, etc) would use fresh water, and what tasks would use salt water, and what tasks could one substitute salt water for in battle or other emergency? 01:27:09 - What were the rough percentages for the USA, German, U.K. and Japanese fleets of volunteers versus conscripted personnel? 01:32:23 - Navies that evolved rapidly from blue water to world power rapidly? 01:37:34 - What post-1900 gun based capital ship fired the most main battery shells at enemy ships? 01:40:40 - Can the French 1912 Naval Building Program be considered feasible in any way, or should it be considered a pipe dream much like Plan Z? 01:47:30 - With ships of the line using copper sheathing of the timber structure to prevent organisims from eating the timber, and the transition to iron hulls, how quickly was the galvanic corrosion issue worked out, or was it well enough understood prior to the introduction of the ships that they avoided using it? 01:49:45 - In the film Master and Commander, Lucky Jack seems to be neither master nor commander. He's a captain and Mr. Allen is the Sailing Master. Is the title the least accurate aspect of the film? 01:51:09 - How similar would the interior of the Mikasa had been compared to the Olympia we see today? 01:54:48 - When did navies stop using sail in battle? 01:59:39 - When and how was electricity implemented in warships? What kind of generators were used and what mistakes were made? 02:04:12 - Out of the various US aircraft that served in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm (Wildcat, Corsair, Avenger etc) what were the perception of them by Royal Navy crews and how did there performance compare to that in the US Navy? 02:13:29 - Rapid fire convoys, charges and fuses? 02:17:36 - Why did USN ship designers think Yamato's true design was 'impractical'? 02:22:14 - Is/was there anyway to enhance the mining effect of an aerial bomb? 02:29:29 - How stable were tumblehome ships? 02:38:09 - How would prize money affect a crew man's decision making? 02:42:39 - Have there been any classes of ships where newer members of the class have come online at the same time as older members being decommissioned? 02:49:13 - Were the Japanese correct in keeping the Yamato class battleships secret? 02:56:18 - IJN vs USN 18" guns? 02:58:43 - Monitor carrier ship in the ACW? 03:02:52 - What was the rationale and intended doctrine for the British 'trade protection' cruisers like the Leander?

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-30 12:00:15

RN Francesco Caracciolo - Guide 381

The almost-built Francesco Caraciolo battleships, of the Italian Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: "Capital Ships of the Royal Italian Navy, 1860–1918: Part 4: Dreadnought Battleships" - Warship International https://www.amazon.co.uk/Italian-Battleships-Cavour-Classes-1911-1956/dp/1526799871/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-29 18:07:37

Frigate Duels of the War of 1812 - HMS Shannon vs USS Chesapeake

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 fourth true frigate duel of the War of 1812, with more to come! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Chesapeake vs Shannon Episode 1 (Constitution vs Guerriere) - https://youtu.be/XQqC5FbNF9Q Episode 2 (United States vs Macedonian) - https://youtu.be/BJhf8jays7w Episode 3 (Constitution vs Java) - https://youtu.be/9OgbNQDPIi8 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-27 21:08:32

Live Drydock from a Drydock during Drydocking - Aboard USS New Jersey

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-27 12:00:33

The Last Battleship Designs - The Good, the Bad and the Mad!

Today we take a look at the last generations of battleship designs, covering everything from nuclear missiles to rocket-assisted Tallboys and re-inventing the pre-dreadnought! Sources: https://www.usni.org/press/books/russian-and-soviet-battleships-0 https://www.usni.org/press/books/us-battleships-0 https://www.usni.org/press/books/british-battleship https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-United-States-1935-1992/dp/1557501742/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nelson-Vanguard-Warship-Design-Development/dp/184832149X/ Lion class design study drawings by Tzoli (many thanks!) Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-24 13:33:32

The Drydock - Episode 290

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:03 - I know that RMS Queen Mary and RMS Lusitania were both hit by massive rogue waves that destroyed Lusitania's bridge and made Queen Mary list very badly so how much damage could one do to a warship from the same period? 00:04:51 - What would happen if those ships interned in Scapa Flow decided to return to Germany using force and was that a real threat? 00:06:06 - MN Commandant Teste? 00:11:12 - If the Chinese actually have working ammunition at the Battle of the Yalu River. How does this affect IJN doctrine going forward? 00:14:37 - Do vessels of this age through the period the channel covers use gearing? i.e. have a transmission. Why or why not? 00:19:21 - I've seen the photos of the model of Duke of Kent (the unbuilt "largest man of war ever") and the photos of HMS Howe (1860) the largest man of war actually ever built (though never getting to sail as such unlike her sister HMS Victoria) and Duke of Kent comes off as being nowhere near as long as Howe, is this perception correct? 00:21:52 - Which Pearl Harbor survivor should have been saved? 00:26:32 - What if the Scharnhorst's tried to fight HMS Rodney? 00:32:37 - Do you plan to do a video on the actions of the Royal Navy on the Delaware during the American War for Independence? 00:34:30 - Falklands War what-ifs? 00:40:55 - Why didn’t Britain buy or lend lease one of the Iowa's? 00:46:36 - What were the construction differences during age of sail in warships vs merchant ships, other than the obvious things like more gun-ports or cargo holds? 00:50:51 - How did the process of internment work? What would have happened if the Admiral Graf Spee had not left Montevideo? 00:54:04 - Other than convoy escort, what did the US Navy do in World War I? 01:00:42 - Admiral Walter Warzecha

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-23 12:00:07

Kongo Replacements (1931) - Guide 380

The potential Kongo class replacement battleships, un-built designs of the Imperial Japanese Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.com/BATTLESHIP-DEMOLITION-TESTS-MODIFIED-YAMATO/dp/9537892352/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-20 12:00:03

USS Wolverine and USS Sable - Paddle Carriers of the Icy North

Today we take a look at how the USN came to operate a pair of paddlewheel coal fired carriers on the Great Lakes. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michigans-Aircraft-Carriers-Images-America-ebook/dp/B0093X45E2/ http://www.nnapprentice.com/alumni/letter/PADDLEWHEEL_AIRCRAFT_CARRIERS_082109.pdf https://www.amazon.co.uk/Iron-Fleet-Great-Lakes-World/dp/0814324797/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-17 12:37:07

The Drydock - Episode 289

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:04 - How much do scrap warships cost? 00:05:22 - Why did the IJN have so much difficulty designing the oxygen system for the Type 93 torpedo? 00:10:38 - When you see the cut down rear funnels on RN destroyers, apparently to improve their AA gun arcs, does this have any impact on their steaming? 00:15:01 - Japan's well deserved reputation for awful POW treatment was thoroughly documented by the end of WW2. Was their treatment of foreign prisoners always so bad? Or did it steadily get worse as the military dictatorship took over? 00:21:47 - What happened to IJN gunnery by the time of Leyte Gulf? 00:26:47 - Is there still a risk of radioactive contamination on the Operation Crossroads wrecks? 00:31:31 - How much more capable would Allied designs be if built to the same displacement as Kriegsmarine ships? 00:37:11 - Did ships use other material before the metal plating in order to slow down/disrupt the incoming projectile. 00:40:37 - Type of welding used on ships? 00:43:08 - Should the USN have focussed on battlecruisers instead of battleships in the later 1910's? 00:46:54 - SMS Emden commandeering the Cormoran? 00:49:17 - Questions about boilers? 00:54:39 - In the movie Nate and Hayes, a German iron ship with single gun turret is disabled by placing a shell at the turret rotation stop, which detonated when the turret is rotated to contact its fuse. Was this even a possibility with such shells of this or any period? 00:56:47 - Could you tell us a bit the painting “The Fighting Temeraire” by JMW Turner and the context in which it was painted? 01:00:31 - How hot would a gun have to be to cook off a round?

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-16 12:00:13

US Torpedo Battleships - Guide 379

The torpedo battleships, un-built designs 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/1591142474 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-15 14:00:14

Naval Engineering - Ships and their Waves, Turns and Tricks

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 some of the characteristics of ships as they make their way through the water, with some unexpected results! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Naval Engineering Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-13 12:00:00

USS Turner Joy (DD-951) - The USN's Last Gunfighter

We take a look at one of the first museums I visited in the US in September 2023, USS Turner Joy in Bremerton, visit the ship here: https://ussturnerjoy.org/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-10 12:43:10

The Drydock - Episode 288

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:50 - Why was Hiei's armor able to mostly keep out San Francisco's shells at Friday the 13th? 00:06:03 - Was the FAA lack of single-seat fighters at the start of WW2 an issue of budgets, doctrine, interservice rivalry (with the RAF), or a combination of some or all of above? 00:12:09 - Floatplanes on a carrier? 00:15:42 - SS Jeremiah O’Brien? 00:17:41 - Since the Lord Nelsons and Dreadnought are near contemporaries, was turbine power considered for the Nelsons? 00:20:10 - Elco Thunderbolt testing? 00:25:03 - Were some of the lower-ranking French officers and sailors stuck in Alexandria, who favored continuing the fight, able to defect to the Free-French/British? 00:27:01 - Do you think the Mers el Kabir tragedy could have been avoided if the officers (so to speak) on the ground were allowed to handle it, without the backseat diplomacy from the government? 00:32:24 - How much difference did armour thickness and gun calibre make in actual battle? 00:38:03 - British submarine operations in WW2? 00:41:50 - During WWII there were several speed build demonstrations of bomber aircraft and Liberty ships for propaganda purposes. Were there ever, in the period the channel covers, similar record attempts made with the construction of naval ships? 00:45:04 - Had Ark Royal survived past 1941. How would she be able to handle US Aircraft (Wildcats, Hellcats, Corsairs and Avengers). Compared to the Illustrious and Implacable-Class Carriers? 00:47:14 - How long did Age of Sail battles last? 00:49:26 - In the modern day, ship naming conventions are often subject to a complex and very committee-driven selection process, for a variety of mostly political reasons. How much did these concerns play into the names of ships during the period the channel covers? 00:52:58 - How effective were USN and IJN carrier escorts at assisting the capital ships when under air attack? 00:58:23 - In the Age of Sail how much choice did captains have over the choice of their senior officers?

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-09 12:00:20

Battlecruisers F2 & F3 (NB) - Guide 378

The F2 and F3 designs, un-built battlecruiser designs of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleship-Norman-Friedman/dp/1848322259 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-World-War-Battlecruisers/dp/0870218174 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Warships-After-Washington-Development-1922-1930/dp/1848321171 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-06 12:00:28

USS Monitor - From Angry Raft to National Treasure

Today we explore the story of USS Monitor with the help of the excellent Mariners Museum, Newport News. You can visit them for the annual Hampton Roads commemoration on the 9th March 2024 here: https://www.marinersmuseum.org/event/battle-of-hampton-roads-commemoration-day/ You can also register for a special talk on the battle here: https://www.marinersmuseum.org/event/duel-of-ironclads/ My coverage of the Battle of Hampton Roads here: https://youtu.be/28vougAE7LM Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-03 13:38:26

The Drydock - Episode 287 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:42 - Various questions about the Battle of Samar 00:09:20 - How were the Hawkins class conducting firecontrol? 00:10:56 - Would you recommend any books for learning about the service histories of USS Albacore and USS England? 00:12:43 - Given that it sometimes took many salvos to hit a target, how many shots did it 'usually' take to hit a test target during armor penetration testing, and was anything special done to improve accuracy during these tests like reduced range, or sighting equipment? 00:17:56 - Why did USS Worcester (CL-144) go back to twin turret? 00:21:42 - Why no mizzen course sail? 00:26:58 - How does a torpedo circular run happen? 00:33:09 - Is the 'Naval Chronicle' referred to in "Six Frigates" by Ian W. Toll, the ancestor of, or similar to the "U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings"? 00:37:14 - Coast defence infrastructure? 00:45:35 - What was the mechanical accuracy of (good) battleship guns? 00:48:53 - How would you design the ultimate US fleet oiler for the Pacific in the run up to WW2 (assuming you have some degree of foresight and full financial/political support)? 00:57:11 - How were coal ashes disposed off on WWI capital ships? 00:59:40 - When were the first and last ram equipped ships commissioned by a major navy and by whom? 01:01:32 - It’s well known that USS Nevada was able to get underway relatively quickly during the attack on Pearl Harbor, but how much of a feat was this for her crew? 01:06:12 - Godzilla Minus One minesweeping? 01:09:14 - Name vs Alphanumeric designation dividing line for ships? 01:13:14 - What in your opinion is the most interesting equipment or room on a ship that seems to be tied to their nations culture? 01:14:57 - Given the repairs, overhauls, refits, etc that a wooden ship would go through during that time, how much of the original ship would remain after 80 years of service? 01:22:26 - I've read Vincent O'Hara's Struggle for the Middle Sea & Six Victories. Can you recommend any more reading on the WWII Mediterranean Naval war or the Regia Marina? 01:25:08 - The development of the propulsion shafts on ships in the steam and steel era? 01:32:47 - How does centralised fire control for AA guns work? 01:40:02 - If Admiral Togo had not died in 1934, what impact would he have had on the IJN leading up to and into WW2? 01:43:10 - Given such evident advantages (especially in range and refuel time and ability) of oil over coal, what would an early conversion of either the High Seas or Grand Fleet have had on WWI? Is it enough to change the balance? 01:48:11 - The location and protection of the avgas storage tanks on the Yorktown class carriers? 01:54:42 - Anson's expedition? 01:59:35 - Western response to post-war Soviet battleships? 02:04:59 - Levels of classification post-1950? 02:13:48 - Industrial capacity of the USA in WW1 vs WW2? 02:18:26 - Did the Washington Naval Treaty limit sea plane tenders? 02:22:47 - Which service would have benefited more by having a snorkel available for subs by mid 1942: the USN or the RN? 02:25:23 - Any advantages to many smaller sails vs a few larger ones? 02:27:58 - Often the lessons of USS Lexington CV-2 are credited with fixing and changing US damage control practices after her loss, What lessons were learned, amd how did they save ships like Bunker Hill, Franklin, and Enterprise? 02:34:13 - Would it be proper to call a warship that burned coal to produce steam and run its engines (HMS Dreadnought for example) "steam powered" or "coal powered"?

From Drachinifel at 2024-03-02 12:00:26

Golden Hind (1575) - Guide 377

The Golden Hind, a private galleon belonging to Francis Drake, is today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sir-Francis-Drake-Julian-Corbett/dp/1534629726 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Search-Kingdom-Francis-Elizabeth-Perilous/dp/0062875361 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Voyage-Francis-Drake-1577-1580/dp/0802714056 http://goldenhinde.co.uk/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-28 12:00:25

The 18.1 inch Naval Gun - Origins and Development

Today we take a look at the origins and development of the Yamato-class' massive main gun armament, the largest naval guns to ever put to sea. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/NAVAL-WEAPONS-WWII-John-Campbell/dp/0851779247 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Capital-Ships-Imperial-Japanese-1868-1945/dp/1608880834 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Axis-Neutral-World-War/dp/0870211013 https://www.fischer-tropsch.org/primary_documents/gvt_reports/USNAVY/USNTMJ%20Reports/USNTMJ-200F-0384-0445%20Report%20O-45%20N.pdf Battleship Musashi Construction Record : The Complete Story of Yamato-class Battleships - Shigeru Makino , Shigekazu Koga Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-25 12:19:06

The Drydock - Episode 287 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:00 - Why 283mm instead of 280mm/11" for Swedish guns? 00:04:46 - Which nations built navies, actual salt water navies, that wound up being more liability than asset? 00:09:48 - What was the deal with Kamchatka’s captain? 00:12:14 - Which WWII battleship fired the most main battery rounds at the enemy? 00:15:23 - How important was the "We want eight!" Campaign in readying the Royal Navy for the First World War? 00:21:01 - If Joseph Chamberlain and the imperialist faction had gotten their way and created a unified British Empire would it have had any effects on Britain's ability to build more ships in the lead up to the world wars 00:27:44 - Non German nations with sonar countermeasures in WW2? 00:30:48 - Would the US have entered the war if Pearl Harbor etc were not attacked? 00:33:52 - In the age of sail, what were sails made from and how much did it matter? 00:37:42 - IJN procedures for abandoning ship? 00:43:24 - What happened to Japanese troops on bases that were bypassed? 00:46:30 - What were the advantages and disadvantages for those ships that had more than two turrets in the front of the ship? 00:49:34 - Ships built for speed and firepower only? 00:53:04 - Did the Kriegsmarine have workable plans to refit the Scharnhorsts with a 38cm main battery? 00:55:47 - Changes to re-armament and WW2 British building policies? 01:02:47 - Why only one British battleship at North Cape? 01:08:11 - Smaller gun calibre limit at Washington better for cruisers? 01:14:23 - When did the USN and IJN hit parity of expertise? 01:20:11 - Amagi more vulnerable to shock than Shokaku? 01:26:44 - Hornet's 5" guns disabled by driving them into the stops? 01:33:00 - 'Run out the guns' on a Dreadnought? 01:35:59 - Captains cannot enter the wardroom? 01:38:27 - What is your best example in naval history of a Phyrric victory? Also what your best example of a battle where 'task failed successfully"? 01:41:13 - By mid-1915, would a Dutch ship sailing from Rotterdam be able to traverse the English Channel to enter the Atlantic, or would it be required to use the North Sea and circle around the British Isles instead? 01:43:25 - If the French sailor who killed Nelson survived the battle what would happen if he was ID by British sailors post battle would he be in any danger of life and limb? 01:45:58 - Turkey getting involved in WW2? 01:48:45 - On a tight budget, how many and what kind of ships would Norway require to make Germany think twice about invading in 1939/40? 01:53:16 - What options might Jellicoe have had if Beatty had done his job properly? 01:59:53 - What did the allies find after the war about Japanese aircraft search radar? 02:02:55 - What did the Royal Navy do to secure the best materials? 02:05:39 - Just how good were the various optical rangefinders at being optical devices? 02:08:06 - How were depth settings changed on depth charges after takeoff while carried by aircraft, or could it be done while airborne? 02:16:13 - Why the shorter gun on British light cruisers with triple turrets? 02:18:37 - Despite Germany and the Brits being at war with each other how did the two lifeboat institutions get along with each other? 02:21:41 - Classified volumes of the Jellico 1919 naval expedition? 02:24:05 - US Light Fleet Carrier? 02:26:01 - What do you think of the US Congress' insistence for naval gunfire support after WW2? 02:29:41 - Would the (30s) Deutchlands have been better off with only four 11" gun and the weight spent on more armor, speed, range, & secondary battery? 02:32:12 - Where did Jane's Fighting Ships get their early information? 02:36:01 - Internal security spies in the USN? 02:39:03 - What kind of visibility conditions would need to be in place for U-203 to misidentify Texas as a British battleship and how plausible would those conditions be? 02:42:17 - Hood refitted in the 1930's? 02:46:47 - Why didn't Californian come to help Titanic? 02:49:47 - Boiler explosions on warships? 02:55:25 - Flintlick pistols as clubs in boarding actions? 02:58:39 - Notable encounters with waterspouts?

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-24 12:00:41

USS Evarts - Guide 376

The Evarts class, destroyer escorts of the United States Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Destroyer-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/0853685215 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conways-Worlds-Fighting-Ships-1922-1946/dp/0851771467 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Destroyer-Escorts-Peter-Elliott/dp/0855241616 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Atlantic-Escorts-Ships-Weapons-Tactics/dp/1844157024 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-23 16:58:53

Frigate Duels of the War of 1812 - USS Constitution vs HMS Java

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 third true frigate duel of the War of 1812, with more to come! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Constitution vs Java Episode 1 (Constitution vs Guerriere) - https://youtu.be/XQqC5FbNF9Q Episode 2 (United States vs Macedonian) - https://youtu.be/BJhf8jays7w Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-21 12:00:51

Rottnest Island - The worlds most adorable coastal defence emplacement!

The second port of call during the Shipshape Australia tour of 2023, was Perth, starting off with a visit to thw home of the Quokka! Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-18 15:13:38

The Drydock - Episode 286

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:08 - How did a County (Kent) class survive 5 (FIVE!!!) Kamikaze aircraft hits? 00:03:53 - How did the 8" guns on the County class ships like Australia compare to the 8" guns on the American heavy cruisers? 00:09:54 - Different construction materials for difference parts of a wooden warship? 00:15:09 - In WW2, how far could torpedoes turn from their launch angle and how far could they run out before they made this turn? 00:17:38 - Was the US Navy particularly bad for friendly fire incidents? 00:22:22 - Besides Yi and Nelson, what are some other examples you can think of where an Admiral won an engagement posthumously? 00:24:00 - What is your favorite moment of the Battle of Trafalgar? 00:26:40 - Was there anything a better admiral could have done to improve the French and Spanish battle performance at Trafalgar? 00:29:52 - Triple 18" on the Tillman's but not the Iowa/Montana's, why? 00:35:36 - You keep mentioning the time period of the channel. What time period is that and why? 00:45:46 - How would building more Olympia's change the USN? 00:49:42 - Of all the Naval Warfare films that you have seen, which in your opinion are the most and least accurate? 00:53:00 - Officer behaviour aboard Suvarov in the Battle of Tsushima? 00:56:23 - What warship could be considered a naval "Swordfish"? 01:00:02 - Battle of the River Plate 1956 movie questions?

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-17 12:00:05

HMS Black Swan - Guide 375

The Black Swan class, sloops of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Black-Swan-Class-Sloops-Detailed/dp/1526765969 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conways-Worlds-Fighting-Ships-1922-1946/dp/0851771467 https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Destroyers-Frigates-Second-World/dp/1526702827 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-14 12:00:15

The Origins of the Torpedo - That which lurks beneath...

Today we take a look at the development of the torpedo from the start of the 19th century to WW1. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Torpedo-Complete-History-Worlds-Revolutionary/dp/1848322151 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Torpedo-Inventing-Military-Industrial-Complex-Britain/dp/0674725263 https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/1944/february/catamaran-expeditions https://maritime.org/doc/jolie/part1.php https://navalunderseamuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Pre-Torpedo-Era-Report.pdf Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-12 12:34:07

The Drydock - Episode 261/266 (Live Segment) - 12th February 2024

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

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-11 12:51:58

The Drydock - Episode 285

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:35 - RN sailors on US ships and vice-versa? 00:07:23 - Turret sizes vs number of guns? 00:14:40 - Do you think there are any old ships left hiding in plain sight? 00:18:34 - Utility/Value of Battlecruisers? 00:24:42 - Infaltion adjusted costs of the pre-WW1 naval arms race? 00:34:00 - US 'small battleships' of 1919? 00:39:22 - Differences in US and UK wargames in the inter-war period? 00:44:48 - What is it with competent captains and admirals time and time again driving their battleships/cruisers/carriers ashore? 00:49:24 - Paint and timber supplies aboard ship in the Age of Sail? 00:53:45 - Why did the Royal Navy choose limes rather than some other citrus fruit? 00:56:30 - Role of 'little dots' in the Atlantic? 00:59:28 - What were the different companies that developed naval guns, and was it the companies themselves or the different navies that actually drove the size of the guns and caliber? 01:06:24 - Determining when a wreck took damage?

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-10 12:00:35

Flower Class (WW1 Sloops) - Guide 374

The first Flower class, minesweeper sloops of the British Royal Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Grand-Fleet-Warship-Development-1906-1922/dp/186176099X https://www.amazon.co.uk/Conways-Worlds-Fighting-1906-1921-History/dp/0851772455 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Great-War-Sea-Technology/dp/1848321899 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-09 15:36:45

History: Academia vs Social Media, natural enemies or allies? A discussion

Head to https://www.squarespace.com/drachinifel to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain using code DRACHINIFEL Today we have long chat with special guest Bret Deveraux on the potential conflict, and the potential alliance, between history via academia and history via social media. 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Discussion Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-07 12:00:13

The English Armada (1589) - Anything you (Spanish) can do, we can do... worse?

Today we take a look at the English Armada, in which the Elizabethan Navy attempts a counter attack, succeeds where the Spanish failed in landing troops on enemy soil, didn't lose any naval battles, and still managed to lose the vast majority of their men whilst accomplishing almost nothing. Mostly thanks to a class based rank structure... Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Armada-Greatest-Disaster-History/dp/1350019410 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Expedition-Francis-Portugal-Records-Publications/dp/0566055783 https://www.amazon.co.uk/English-Armada-History-Counter-Elizabeth/dp/B0BT14K884 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-04 12:25:47

The Drydock - Episode 284

00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:50 - Now that you have seen a number of different maritime museums from different countries which ones would you recommend that people go to visit? 00:06:03 - Diesel/Turbine Hybrids? 00:11:32 - Admiral Scheer wreck access? 00:14:41 - HMS X1 turrets 00:17:16 - Just how much does a steel-hulled submarine crush as it dives? 00:22:38 - How long does it take for a question to be answered in the drydock right now? 00:25:01 - How did the lookouts in Titanic and Yamato get up to the crows nest? 00:29:56 - White 'wrapped' carrier? 00:32:49 - What was the end-game at Komandorski Islands if Salt Lake City was crippled and destroyed by the IJN? 00:35:16 - What were the British equivilant of the Allen M Sumner's and Gearing's? 00:37:35 - Would you classify the USN PC(subchasers) as a corvette or large gunboat in WW2? 00:39:03 - Prior to the advent of gunpowder based weapons, did siege weapons such as catapults and ballista see wide spread use on ships, and if so how effective were they? 00:43:00 - How were Cook's voyages possible? 00:48:06 - During the classic age of sail, what where the immediate preperations for combat? 00:52:58 - If the Soviet Union had allowed the US to use its territory to go after Japan, would a campaign where the US Navy strikes south from the Sakhalin islands be viable? 00:56:04 - In addition to VADM Fletcher. What other officers you think were unfortunately or prematurely reassigned away from the front? 00:59:15 - HMS Victory is 246 years old. Assuming continued funding, can we expect the more complex museum ships from the age of steam and steel to go on for as long, or do they have more of an inbuilt expiration date? 01:07:31 - February 2024 US Mini-Trip

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-03 12:00:26

SMS Seeadler - Guide 373

The Seeadler, a sailing merchant raider of the Imperial German Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sea-Devil-Adventures-Luckner-Raider/dp/1472827880 https://www.booktopia.com.au/100-maritime-stories-david-jones/book/9781922643537.html https://navymuseum.co.nz/explore/by-themes/world-war-one/sms-seeadler/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-02-02 16:57:48

Roman Legions - Sometimes found all at sea!

Today we take a quick look at some of the maritime highlights of the new special exhibition at the British Museum about the Roman Legions: https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/legion-life-roman-army Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-31 12:00:36

Admiral Yamamoto Isoroku - From Tsushima to Pearl Harbor

Today we take a look at the life story of one of Japan's most famous Admiral's, from humble beginnings through to the attack that would define the his legacy.. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kaigun-Strategy-Technology-Imperial-1887-1941/dp/0870211927/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Waves-Propaganda-Emergence-1868-1922/dp/0804749779/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reluctant-Admiral-Yamamoto-Imperial-Japanese/dp/4770025394 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yamamoto-Isoroku-Command-Book-26-ebook/dp/B01BY3AE3E/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Yamamoto-Planned-Raid-Pearl-Harbour/dp/158574428X/ Hiromi Tanaka, - Biographical Series Yamamoto Isoroku Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-28 15:11:08

The Drydock - Episode 283 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:28 - Hedgerow modified landing craft? 00:05:08 - Roughly how much of the budget of a navy went to personal, supplies, acquisition of new ships, refits of ships, etc? 00:10:43 - SS Stockholm ramming SS Andrea Doria 00:18:16 - To what extent did the Japanese Navy make use of the naval installations captured from the Allies in WW2? 00:20:47 - Alternative HMS Victorious refit? 00:26:43 - Why could VTE powered liners run at full speed for days? 00:32:11 - Was there any investigation or movement towards metal masts before the movement to iron ships in general? 00:37:04 - HMS Liverpools travels without a bow? 00:39:53 - Have you played Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter? 00:44:29 - Coral Sea and the destroyer pursuit that didn't happen? 00:50:13 - Seponov's "All big gun battleship"? 00:55:13 - H39/44 power estimates? 00:58:36 - Did the system fail or did Seymour fail the system? 01:03:35 - In your opinion in regard to the Age of Sail, what are the personal attributes and achievements that you use to judge a seaborne leader as 'Great'? 01:08:04 - What in your opinion is the most practical and most impractical headgear from any navy in the timeperiod the channel covers? 01:10:17 - What is the largest portion of a particular predreadnought preserved in a single location other than Mikasa? 01:11:01 - The failed Dodecanese campaign of September 1943? 01:14:40 - Unreliable high-pressue boilers? 01:18:07 - Age of sail methods for determining top speeds of vessels? 01:20:18 - Real life 'Nova Cannon'? 01:24:13 - How were land-bombardment/fire support missions accomplished? 01:29:05 - Were there any instances in WW1 or WW2 where an overestimation of the enemy strengths benefited the side that overestimated the opponent, and if so, what happened? 01:34:04 - If the USN had decided to omit the heavily armored conning towers on their fast battleships, where do you think the tonnage that was freed up would have been utilized? 01:36:47 - If you switched from iron bracing to marine grade steel bracing. Could you make a wooden ship larger? 01:39:47 - What exactly is Fisher's Baltic Plan? 01:47:04 - Why were steel warships armored only against guns of their own caliber? 01:51:54 - Did any Pearl Harbor survivors manage to be in Tokyo Bay at the end? 01:52:28 - SS United States and 'Iowa type' engines? 01:57:29 - Alternate KGV layout? 02:01:25 - What did the US learn in terms of ship design and technology in WW2? 02:06:18 - Shore leave shenanigans? 02:09:12 - Has their ever actually been a case or strong suspicion of a nation attempting to sabotage or destroy a ship of another nation while they are at peace? 02:11:36 - Do we know what the G3/N3 naming convention was going to be? If not, what would your best guess be? 02:18:16 - The Galatee letters 02:21:51 - Where does freeboard end and superstructure begin? 02:25:21 - How effective were the Kriegsmarine bombardments supporting the Army on the Eastern Front? 02:27:53 - British ships poor fuel mixture in WW2? 02:33:48 - Indian crews on Royal Navy ships in the Opium Wars? 02:42:44 - Post-war effects of a successful Torpedo Bomber strike on the HSF? 02:47:50 - No Allied intervention in Greece? 02:57:44 - Minor update re:livestreams

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-28 12:23:42

The Drydock - Episode 283 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:34 - Why do USN Fleet and Light Carriers, as well as Light and Heavy cruisers, share hull number sequences, when Escort and Large cruisers have their own? 00:04:25 - How long did it take nations to catch up with other nations armour technology? 00:10:34 - Smaller ships of the South American Dreadnought race? 00:15:56 - Easily detachable armour plate? 00:20:51 - Fleets, Flotillas, and Squadrons what are the differences and how have they changed during the period the channel covers? 00:27:47 - Battleship armour resistance, ships which broke with the 'rule of thumb' of resisting their own guns? 00:33:06 - If Hood doesn't detonate, how does the rest of the battle with Bismarck play out? 00:40:23 - Do you need to change gun breechs as much as gun barrels? 00:43:50 - Gato/Balao class 'cage' refit? 00:47:45 - The Type 96 25 mm Japanese AA gun vs the German 3.7 cm SK C/30? 00:52:15 - Was Captain Barron remiss in his duty during the Chesapeake/Leopard affair? 00:58:31 - Considering how at the Battle of the Denmark Strait Prince Eugen detected the British with it's hydrophones before they came over the horizon. Was there ever any research or attempts by surface warships to search for the enemy acoustically while concealing ones own position until ready to engage the enemy? 01:00:37 - If the Royal Navy is Rome, who is their Hannibal? 01:02:54 - How portable were floating drydocks? 01:06:19 - Design/Engineering of sails? 01:14:21 - Numbers on the back of coats in the RN? 01:17:31 - How was the Mary Rose salvaged since the Protection of Wrecks Act was passed several years earlier? 01:22:13 - If there is no war with Japan or even the threat of war with Japan and the US only had to deal with war against Germany & Italy, what do you think the USN would have looked like during WW2? 01:30:34 - Was there any Marine Nationale warship of the interwar or WW2 period associated with a red fish symbol? 01:32:16 - What most likely caused the destruction of Jaime I? 01:34:33 - Lifeboat just floating off a sinking ship? 01:38:13 - When were gas ejection systems for large caliber, breech loading guns realized as necessary? 01:40:43 - Did anyone except the USN use Blimps in WW2? 01:43:19 - Realistically, could two Wickes-class destroyers really take out an Amagi-class battlecruiser? 01:47:04 - What were the benefits and drawbacks of splitting the Pacific theater into “Admiral Nimitz's fief” and “General MacArthur's fief”? 01:50:47 - Why did the Japanese change their heavy cruiser guns from 200 mm to 203 mm? And also 155 mm guns when they already had 152? Given that barrel boring and rifling was and still is the hardest part of gun manufacturing, changing the tooling like that doesn't make a lot of sense to me? 01:52:33 - Did the Royal navy and fleet air arm ever attack mainland Germany in air raids like how the US Navy attacked Japan? 01:54:42 - How do you think the 2nd London Treaty would have differed from reality if Japan had a similar willingness to negotiate compromises and sign it as they had for Washington and 1st London? 02:00:47 - Why did the Royal Navy effectively discontinue the name Victoria after the pre-dreadnought? 02:02:45 - SBD bouncing off Enterprise at Santa Cruz? 02:09:44 - Would AP shells have been better in the Iwo Jima bombardment? 02:12:01 - Were the guns from the damaged USS Oklahoma installed on USS Pennsylvania in 1945 and used to get a few shots in at Wake Island, thus having Oklahoma in the battle, in a small way? 02:13:03 - What are good books/authoritative resources on the naval history of British Malaya and Borneo in WW1 and WW2? 02:16:21 - How significant was loss of speed during combat maneuvers for steam and steel ships? 02:24:38 - How much had materials science advanced in terms of being able to make battleship armour today? 02:31:56 - Did the Great Hurricane of 1780 significantly affect the naval aspects of the American Revolutionary War? 02:35:30 - How should Beatty have acted at Jutland? 02:42:11 - Why were Italian frogmen generally more successful than their Japanese counterparts? 02:45:41 - How were B-24 and other four engine heavy bombers used to close the mid Atlantic gap? 02:50:57 - If you were asked to produce a naval 'Band of Brothers' style TV show what ship/era would you choose for the show and why? 02:59:03 - Battle of the Komandorski Islands questions?

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-27 12:00:08

KMS Emden (1925) - Guide 372

The Emden, a one-off light cruiser of the German Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Warships-1815-1945-Erich-Groener/dp/0870217909 https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Light-Cruisers-World-War/dp/1848321945 https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Cruisers-World-War-Two/dp/0853687463 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-26 13:00:08

Frigate Duels of the War of 1812 - USS United States vs HMS Macedonian

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 second true frigate duel of the War of 1812, with more to come! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - United States vs Macedonian Episode 1 (Constitution vs Guerriere) - https://youtu.be/XQqC5FbNF9Q Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-24 12:00:03

Origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy - Dawn of the Rising Sun

Today we take a look at the reasons for the formation of the IJN and it's early struggles from inception to the Sino-Japanese War. Sources: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kaigun-Strategy-Technology-Imperial-1887-1941/dp/0870211927/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Perry-Expedition-Opening-Japan-1853-1873/dp/1624668895/ https://www.jstor.org/stable/608475 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meiji-Restoration-W-Beasley/dp/0804708150/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Making-Waves-Propaganda-Emergence-1868-1922/dp/0804749779/ Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-21 13:23:59

The Drydock - Episode 282

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:49 - Updates to previous questions on mines! 00:03:40 - ABXY 15" ships with triple turrets? 00:08:31 - Between World War I and World War II, did the Swedish Navy ever fire their guns in defense of their Homeland, or to defend themselves? 00:09:27 - Difference between Swedish coast defence and the Jeune Ecole? 00:17:08 - Lots of UK science museums I've been to have large ship models in glass cases. How, if at all, do you spot the submerged torpedo tubes on the models? 00:19:16 - What is the truth to the claim that Rome's voracious appetite for timber to build the fleets of the Punic Wars caused the denuding the southern Italy and thus the degradation of its soil such that it become much poorer agriculturally and the enfeeblement of that region we know of today? 00:23:15 - Why were 6" DP guns not invented in the inter-war period? 00:27:25 - Was there a design for a unified battery warship in the Age of Sail? 00:32:46 - Did any navies deploy any rates that acted as tenders for resupply or repairs to other rates, or was it easier to just rely upon ports around the planet? 00:35:56 - Why was it so hard to get nations to upgrade their shipbuild infrastructure? 00:43:42 - Admiral Walker? 00:48:14 - Would the Italian Aquila and Sparviero carriers decisively changed things in the Mediterranean theater if they had been completed by the start of the war or even by 1941? 00:51:37 - How accurate are the depictions of the submarine, sea mines, and torpedo in Finding Nemo? 00:54:42 - Would it be possible to call the Battle of Cape Engaño a Japanese victory given that the Northern Force completed their objective? 00:58:32 - The importance of crew! 01:03:11 - How long in advance before firing could you load an age of sail cannon without degradation of the powder charge, since it would no longer be in it's protective storage unit and may be subject to moisture in the air?

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-20 12:00:39

IJN Myoko - Guide 370

The Myoko class, heavy cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy, are today's subject. Read more about the ships here: https://www.abebooks.co.uk/book-search/author/lacroix-eric-wells-linton/ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruisers-World-War-Two-International/dp/1860198740 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-17 12:00:00

Battleship Rooster-trails & the Essence of Command - An interview with Captain Seaquist, USS Iowa

Today we a fortunate to hear more from Captain Seaquist on a variety of subjects including some interesting and amusing facts about the Iowa class battleships. Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-14 12:36:50

The Drydock - Episode 281

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:41 - When the US was in the middle of their prohibition against alcohol from 1920- 1933 what would the Royal Navy do if they had to visit the US at the time? 00:04:19 - Under what circumstances could one realistically end up with a WWII-era battleship or fleet carrier's crew having to fight off an actual full-scale boarding action? 00:10:46 - How usual was it to have battleships have their guns replaced by a greater number of lower caliber guns? Would it make a difference? 00:15:35 - The USN was able to build floating drydocks, some big enough to handle Iowa-Class battleships, but why were there no floating slipways? 00:19:56 - Why do navies build dedicated training war ships, in the steel and steam age, like Jeanne d'Arc? Why not use ships who are in service as war ships. 00:25:05 - If you could swap out Bismarck with any other WWII-era battleship design (and no non-battleship warship) for the sake of the Kriegsmarine, which ship would you choose? 00:31:07 - Of the two ships lost in Force Z which was the bigger loss Repulse or Prince of Wales? 00:34:42 - What could the royal navy get with a battleship with the same tonnage as Bismarck? 00:36:55 - Would the M Class submarines have been effective? 00:39:22 - Would it be possible to have a turtleback citadel and an 'all or nothing' armour scheme at the same time? 00:41:30 - In the automotive world, I've seen some channels that make me think, 'What are you doing?!?' No need to name names, but what do you think are things that other Youtubers do that smear real historiographers like yourself and others? 00:48:45 - Could Enterprise (CV-6) have been used for the Japanese surrender ceremony? 00:51:20 - Where do we see the first gunpowder weapons being used on ships as a regular thing? 00:52:56 - Best WW1-era cruiser? 00:57:03 - How did Nelson and Villeneuve get to command the respective sides at Trafalgar? 01:04:48 - Bligh was the only officer on board the Bounty and the ship didn't have marines on board. Was this unusual for such an extended voyage and did either contribute to the mutiny? 01:07:16 - Quick visit to the US in Feb 2024?

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-13 12:01:00

Danae (D) class - Guide 370

The D class, 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/British-Cruisers-World-War-Two/dp/0853683042 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Cruisers-World-War-Two-International/dp/1860198740 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-12 15:25:30

Operation C - What Happens if the two fleets clash?

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 some of the options for what might have happened had Somerville not changed course and run into Carrier Division 2. 00:00:00 - Intro 00:01:55 - Scenarios 00:03:43 - 1) IJN Scouts get lucky 00:15:56 - 2) Night Action: Somerville encounters CarDiv2 00:23:32 - 2a) Night Action: Nagumo Retreats 00:28:40 - 2b) Night Action: Nagumo Investigates 00:38:36 - 2c) Night Action: Nagumo Retaliates 00:46:55 - 3) Miscellaneous Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-10 14:00:19

Operation C - Nagumo and Somerville dance in the Indian Ocean

Today we take a look at Operation C, also known as The Indian Ocean Raid, when the Kido Butai came for the Royal Navy's Eastern Fleet. Sources: https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-darkest-hour-volume-1-the-japanese-naval-offensive-in-the-indian-ocean-1942-the-opening-moves.php? https://www.helion.co.uk/military-history-books/the-darkest-hour-volume-2-the-japanese-offensive-in-the-indian-ocean-1942-the-attack-against-ceylon-and-the-eastern-fleet.php? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Royal-Navy-Eastern-Waters-1935-1942/dp/1473892481 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-07 12:02:32

The Drydock - Episode 280

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:54 - Do you plan on doing a video looking into the loses of the British Battlecruisers and Armoured Cruisers at Jutland? 00:06:27 - The role of lighter than air craft in naval applications? 00:11:34 - Format of burials at sea? 00:14:25 - What would the theoretical advantages and disadvantages be if the King George Vths and Vanguard had followed the design profile of the Nelsons? 00:18:56 - Were usage policy for starshells similar to that for searchlights? 00:21:26 - It seems that all the Dutch submarines in the Far East had engine troubles. Were these Dutch engineered diesel engines, or were they licensed from another Nation? 00:25:37 - In the world wars, which was considered more important for submarines, sinking warships or sinking cargo ships? 00:30:05 - German 12"/50 vs British 13/5"/45? 00:36:32 - How angled armour works? 00:41:17 - Evolution of naval uniforms? 00:44:45 - Was the Washington-Treaty cruiser a really bad fit for the Kriegsmarine? 00:49:46 - IJN foreknowledge of losing the Pacific War? 00:56:12 - Did any navy or civilian ships ever experiment with geared triple/quadruple expansion engines in order to step up the speed of the prop shaft for higher speed running? 00:57:44 - What makes a good Block ship? Is a heavy armored ship better since its harder to blow away with explosives? 01:00:01 - At what point does the technological gap in design become so great in the age of sail that older ships can no longer compete?

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-06 12:00:22

US PT Boats of WW2 - Guide 367

The PT Boats, fast attack craft of the United States Navy, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Small-Combatants-Illustrated-Brown-Water/dp/0870217135 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Allied-Coastal-Forces-World-War/dp/1526747553 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Close-Quarters-United-States-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B06XGC724S Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2024-01-03 12:01:07

Amity, Anzacs and Air Raids? - Albany, Australia

We kick off 2024 with a look at the first port of call during the Shipshape Australia tour of 2023, the port city of Albany! Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2023-12-31 15:12:01

The Drydock - Episode 279 (Part 2)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:32 - Airborne attack on the High Sea Fleet on 1st November 1918? 00:11:03 - Royal Navy Turret naming? 00:18:25 - How many navies observe the crossing of the equator tradition? 00:24:07 - Half Pay in the 20th century? 00:29:18 - 'Losing' a ship to get around naval treaties? 00:32:20 - What notable actions were Japanese patrol planes involved in? 00:37:03 - Wind gauge in the age of sail and the age of steam 00:44:43 - Warships entering Pearl Harbor render passing honors to the wreck of USS Arizona and those entering Sydney render passing honors to the HMAS Sydney memorial. Are there any other such traditions you are aware of? 00:46:04 - There are several tall ships such as the USCGC Eagle, NRP Sagres, Gorch Fock and the Amerigo Vespucci that are all used as both training ships and ceremonial vessels. Can you explain why navies or the coast guard continue to use rigged ships for training, and where the tradition of keeping a fully rigged ship as a sort of national ambassador comes from? 00:51:29 - During the first half of the 20th century what are the pros and cons of geared drives and electric drives relative to each other for surface ships? 01:03:44 - Jet/Rocket powered boats in WW2? 01:07:38 - Assuming you wanted to design a semi-practical cruiser/battleship-sized vessel at 40 knots (so nothing is allowed to run from it) and at least 15 inch guns, is that possible using interwar/WWII-era technology? 01:16:56 - The development and significance of water condensers for letting steam engines become useful propulsion for naval craft? 01:21:02 - Can you tell us more about this character running the HMS Canopus' engine room in the lead up to Coronel? 01:25:41 - What is the modern convention for English ships during the Interregnum, and what was used at the time? 01:28:12 - If you have a battleship under construction, how long is it on the slipway before being pushed out for final completion? How much of the ship is finished? 01:31:00 - Was there a special Christmas ration for the US or Royal Navy sailor and what did it look like in the theatres of the Atlantic, Pacifc and Indian Ocean? 01:34:12 - Any notable examples of a subordinate commander ignoring orders and "opportunistically" leading, say, a squadron under his command into a perilous situation for which the enemy promptly chastised him (or the rest of the fleet)? 01:38:18 - Why did the Royal Navy revert HMS Vindictive back into a heavy cruiser instead of doing a full conversion like HMS Furious? 01:41:59 - What could have been done to make conning towers a more popular choice to use in battles? 01:49:46 - How often were carrier pigeons used by age of sail ships for communications and considering their effectiveness later, do you think they should have been more widely used? 01:54:16 - Did battleships have hydrophones and sonar? 01:57:41 - Battleship 'live' gun tests? 02:07:42 - Could you talk a little bit about HMS Diamond Rock and it's somewhat unusual construction? 02:11:37 - How big of a gap in capability is there between the 'best' pre-dreadnought and the 'worst' Dreadnought? 02:21:01 - On the Second Northern War — in your opinion what did the Swedes do wrong in the Battle of the Sound, given their slightly larger fleet? And what did the Dutch and Danes do wrong at Ebeltoft for that matter? 02:27:06 - Has there ever been a really uneconomical 'refit' for prestige/stuborness reasons? 02:33:17 - Why didn't the British source timber from Canada? 02:37:23 - Raising and restoring a wreck? 02:46:05 - If you have seen it, what are your thoughts about the film Godzilla: Minus One, on its depiction of several different IJN Navy vessels? 02:50:39 - Given the track record of SMS Emden, was Graf Spee wrong when he tried to get his squadron back to Germany instead of dispersing it and wrecking as much havoc as possible? 02:53:52 - Why didn’t more nations (particularly the US) adopt the all-gun-forward arrangement used in the design of Richelieu and Nelson? 02:57:04 - What nation in the period the channel covers would benefit most from modern resource maps & extraction methods & for which era? 02:59:27 - Were old destroyers better or worse than AMC's for convoy escort? 03:02:12 - Was there much of a drawdown in the Allied forces in the Mediterranean after the Italian surrender? 03:05:01 - Drydock Medal and Shipshape rewards update

From Drachinifel at 2023-12-31 12:43:21

The Drydock - Episode 279 (Part 1)

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:45 - Naming conventions and how good various navies were at following them? 00:10:08 - Did the USN produce the best ships in each class during WW2? 00:18:28 - What intelligence did the USN have about the IJN after Battle of the Philippines Sea and before Leyte Gulf? 00:22:16 - Was it ever conceived to position RN cruiser squadrons in the Channel to break up the formations before the made landfall? 00:24:54 - Mogami-like schemes by other navies? 00:27:48 - After the Turret/Rotating Gun Mount etc. were developed, why did navies stick with the row of guns along the side of ships instead of developing the rotating gun mount for so long? 00:33:45 - What is the exact definition of a Man-of-war? 00:35:36 - In a recent Drydock, you showed a photo of an antiaircraft tower mount on the USS Texas. Would you explain it's operation, manning and ammunition supply method? Thanks! 00:39:49 - It appears no one made an "export model" ship like the Soviets would do with tanks. In fact, most "foreign equivalents" seem to have been improvements on the original design. Was it the small (often singular) numbers ordered that led to this? 00:46:43 - How did ships in the Age of Sail deal with going through the "Doldrums"? 00:50:10 - How might have the WW2 War in the Pacific have been affected if Britain had fortified Singapore enough to successfully prevent Japan from conquering Singapore early in the war? 00:54:13 - What effect could a LSM(R)-188 class ship have on a cruiser, battleship or carrier respectively? 00:58:59 - Do you consider that the Mahanian desire fore a decisive ultimately did more harm to navies than good? 01:06:43 - Are their any naval figures who you believe are not deserving of their reputation, either positive or negative? 01:13:41 - Could you explain the various stages of ship construction? 01:21:38 - Given that the Battle of the Philippine Sea can be seen as something of a "reverse Midway", would it have been possible for the Japanese to rely more on their submarines to take out American carriers at the Battle of Midway with greater success? 01:25:49 - For obvious reasons, the United States Navy resembled the Royal Navy during the Age of Sail. Did women serve in similar capacities on board Yankee vessels? 01:30:25 - Did the Waffen-SS ever plan or discuss creating a Waffen-SS naval force? 01:33:22 - Were there any plans to build coastal defense ships for Sweden after the Sverige class? 01:36:57 - Of the ships sunk in the close quarters combat in the waters off Guadalcanal, and that of Taffy 3, did any carry wooden or metal lifeboats/launches? 01:39:28 - Of all our funny YouTube names over the years, which one has made you laugh the most? 01:41:48 - In your reviews of Japanese ships, were hot baths incorporated into their ship designs? 01:44:03 - The accuracy of gunnery on the Bismarck during the final battle was decidedly worse compared to the battle of the Denmark Strait. Was this due to the steering and propulsion problems or more of a human factor? 01:46:41 - During the age of sail who in your opinion was France’s greatest admiral? 01:50:50 - Sealed orders and their scope? 01:55:42 - Failed toilet paper requisition? 02:00:08 - How were naval cannon tested in the age of sail? 02:04:23 - Off-set gun barrels on large turrets? 02:07:22 - John Fowke and the gunpowder trade? 02:15:44 - Considering their weight and armament, what is your opinion of the Project 66 heavy cruisers of the soviet union? 02:20:42 - If the Japanese had not solved the problem of using torpedoes in shallow water but were determined to go ahead with the Pearl Harbor attack anyway, what would you consider an optimal allocation? 02:24:16 - Captains checking out in the middle of combat? 02:27:32 - Naval officers who had interesting talents or hobbies that one would not think of for a career military man? 02:29:45 - Minefields and minesweeping? 02:38:02 - Cross-deck hangar catapults? 02:41:05 - Night Action of Guadalcanal shell types 02:46:14 - Your favorite figure head of the age of sail ships? 02:48:52 - Did IJN ever considered repair/maintenance of their vessels overseas similar to USN during interwar period or WW2? 02:52:38 - Were there any 'Christmas Truces' involving Naval forces during the period(s) the channel covers? 02:56:34 - How did Australia pay for, supply and maintain HMAS Australia (1911)?

From Drachinifel at 2023-12-30 12:00:18

KMS Seydlitz/Weser - Guide 368

The Seydlitz/Weser, a heavy cruiser/light carrier of the Kriegsmarine, is today's subject. Read more about the ship here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Axis-Neutral-World-War/dp/0870211013 https://www.amazon.co.uk/German-Warships-1815-1945-Erich-Groener/dp/0870217909 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heavy-Cruisers-Admiral-Hipper-Class-ebook/dp/B00SGC4YGA "German Aircraft Carrier Developments". Warship International - 2008 Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 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 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2023-12-27 12:00:25

5 Naval Own Goals - Stop Helping! You're only making it worse!

Today we look at 5 times a captain or admiral really should've jsut stayed at home, as voted on by the fine folks over on Patreon! 00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:34 - Why this list? 00:01:30 - Mary Rose 00:09:01 - French naval assitance for the American War of Independence 00:16:16 - Dardenelles Expedition... 1807 Edition 00:32:50 - MV Spreevald 00:37:29 - Mogami gets a Pentakill! Naval History books, use code 'DRACH' for 25% off - https://www.usni.org/press/books?f%5B0%5D=subject%3A1966 Free naval photos and channel posters - www.drachinifel.co.uk Want to support the channel? - https://www.patreon.com/Drachinifel Want to talk about ships? https://discord.gg/TYu88mt 'Legionnaire' by Scott Buckley - released under CC-BY 4.0. www.scottbuckley.com.au

From Drachinifel at 2023-12-24 12:13:32

The Drydock - Episode 278

00:00:00 - Intro 00:00:45 - What is the difference between the Triple Expansion engines used in ships and the "triplex" steam locomotive? Why were triple expansion engines successful in both warships and civilian vessels while every attempt at a triplex locomotive failed? 00:06:36 - How effective would a quadruple expansion steam engine have been compared to early steam turbines would it have been more cost effective for some navies to have tried to use these instead of early turbines given some countries had monopoly on their production? 00:12:08 - What is your opinion about the viability of launching vengeance weapons from U-Boats? 00:18:50 - A Russian battlecruiser designer also designed SS Normandie? 00:22:17 - Would it have made any real difference for the Armada if the Spanish had copied the English designs when prepping for the invasion? 00:27:00 - Given that sailors have always been superstitious and having a Jonah aboard is thought to be bad luck, is naming a ship Elizabeth Jonas (aka Jonah) really good idea? 00:33:21 - Could you describe the type of guns aboard the Mary Rose and Tudor navy? 00:38:57 - Why didn't the Armada make for the Firth of Forth to resupply and reassemble? Surely that should have been a back up plan? 00:42:25 - Have the Russian's ever had a good navy? 00:47:55 - What moment or era during the period the channel covers had the biggest power gap between the world's two strongest navies? 00:51:59 - With the benefit of hindsight, what was the optimal composition of US fast carrier task forces in WW2? 00:56:23 - Prizes in WW2? 01:02:56 - HMS Coassack and cutlasses?