If theres a most beautiful aircraft thread...

#1
A simple premise: however beautiful aircraft are, warships are just prettier.

For example:



Beautiful, if sadly doomed to scrap.

And just beautiful:



Ships- amongst the most beautiful of man's creations. Nominate your favourite.
 

rampant

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#3
In that case I vote for the MTBs & MGBs of WW2; the Spitfires of the Seas:my Grandfather won a DSM whilst serving on MGB 647 in the Mediterranean & Adriatic.

Check out the link below (it doesn't mention him) it tells the story about what these little vessels got up to: Piracy basically and Commando raiders. Absolutely fascinating.

Actually a Squadron of these little beauties off the coast of Somalia would soon sort out that piracy problem (Twin Bofors; 6-12 Oerlikons; Vickers/Brownings)

http://www.mikekemble.com/ww2/mgb.html

By the way if anyone can help me find out more with regard to the particular aforementioned vessel I would be most grateful, type& so forth. There is little on the internet

Edited to add: why won't this damned thing let me post pictures: arghhhhhh!
 

rampant

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#5
#6
Hello P2000,

I like the cut of your jib.
Never mind that bitza Vanguard,here is one of Her Majesty's finest,H.M.S.Nelson.
I'll throw in a classic heavy cruiser too,H.M.S.Cornwall.
Those were the days,when British ships actually looked like British ships.

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rampant,

M.G.B.647 was a Fairmile D class,details here:

http://www.warshipsww2.eu/lode.php?language=E&period=&idtrida=861

There is a picture of the crew here:

http://rn-coastalforcesveterans.com/page12.html

Someone you might want to email can be found here:

http://www.smesh.co.uk/ml108/Message_Board.htm



tangosix.


Edited to add,attatchment upload is not working,I am getting the following error "GD image library not available",posted via links instead.
 

rampant

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#8
Thank you tangosix. I owe you. Saw the smesh site, am trying to get in touch with them at the moment, they are doing a reunion on Vis, and my grandfather died 13 years ago, so I would like to chat to others about the stories he told me.

Excellent drills Old Boy, much obliged. If I can get the tech to work I'll stump up some stories about the old bugger.

Once again thank you.

Jesus! That's him front row, second from the right.
 
#11
HMS Agincourt nicked before delivery to Johny Turk in 1914. Nick named "A Gin Palace" due to her luxury fittings.

Armed 7 Twin 12" Gun turrets, named Monday to Sunday. Her Captain ordered full broadsides at Jutland as the result of the Navy reckoning she'd flip if they did. The first rounds downrange caused querries as to which battlecrusier had just blown up!
 
#13
Haven't made up my mind about current trends:
Stiletto
and
Visby class.
Very clean lines. Stealth is rather pleasing to the eye - but something is not quite right, somehow.
 
#15
Kitmarlowe said:
HMS Agincourt nicked before delivery to Johny Turk in 1914. Nick named "A Gin Palace" due to her luxury fittings.

Armed 7 Twin 12" Gun turrets, named Monday to Sunday. Her Captain ordered full broadsides at Jutland as the result of the Navy reckoning she'd flip if they did. The first rounds downrange caused querries as to which battlecrusier had just blown up!
"Like a Brock's Benefit" - from one of the accompanying battlecruisers.
 
#18
Ok, Ok.....here's a couple for you then, both with family connections

HMS Chequers

AND

HMS Indefatigable



HMS Warspite

And finally



HMS Terror
 
#19
A terrible crime that Dreadnought wasn't saved, but can you imagine Rodney in place of Belfast by Tower Bridge?



Oh, yes.
 

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