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Major Walter Schmidt
01-09-2008, 02:17 AM
What is this?
Hint: not german

02-26-2008, 12:52 PM
Sea Dragon

02-26-2008, 01:00 PM
or kairyu

Major Walter Schmidt
02-26-2008, 08:38 PM
Correct!!!!!! spelled 海龍 in japanese.
What is this?
Hint: 15

02-27-2008, 12:35 AM
reminds me of the captain's gig on US aircraft carriers.

02-27-2008, 12:37 AM

Major Walter Schmidt
02-27-2008, 12:41 AM
Nope. Another hint: Japanese

02-27-2008, 04:46 AM
A tutelary spirit

02-27-2008, 04:47 AM
the lenght is 15meters

Major Walter Schmidt
02-27-2008, 08:23 PM
What is the tutelary spirit?

02-28-2008, 12:20 AM
a boat made for a flagship,..内火艇

Major Walter Schmidt
02-28-2008, 01:15 AM
Then correct!!!!! Wow, youre good.

Major Walter Schmidt
02-28-2008, 01:26 AM

02-28-2008, 01:51 AM
that ships is the same ship, with one in the picture,. but different side,..

Major Walter Schmidt
02-28-2008, 08:42 PM
The name is...

02-28-2008, 09:54 PM
Graf zeppelin

02-29-2008, 08:36 AM
try this,. one of the most beautiful ships ever built

02-29-2008, 11:55 AM
It's the HMS Hood, sunk by another beauty :P

Major Walter Schmidt
02-29-2008, 12:32 PM

Major Walter Schmidt
02-29-2008, 12:34 PM
It would not be fun to ride that piece of crap.

02-29-2008, 01:16 PM
Hmm, actually it's quite funny to ride a gyrocopter. Though the environment in that picture is quite hazardous. The FA 330 on a Type IX D2 submarine it is, anyway.

Major Walter Schmidt
02-29-2008, 03:04 PM
When spotted, I heard that they cut the line on the autogyro-kite along with the guy on it.

02-29-2008, 05:06 PM
Jup, no time to get them back in when they made an emergency dive ;)
Life suxx, but when it wasn't a plane that forced the dive the pilot had a fair chance to be picked up I guess.

02-29-2008, 09:38 PM
Hms Hood it is,..

how about this.,.. one of the ships that gallantly fough the japanese despite of great unfavorable odd.

Major Walter Schmidt
03-01-2008, 07:50 AM
royal oak?

03-01-2008, 08:04 AM
nope,. not even close

Major Walter Schmidt
03-01-2008, 08:50 AM
Im not good with uk ships.

03-01-2008, 09:06 AM
this not His Majesty,.. this Harer Majesteits

03-01-2008, 11:10 AM
Could be the De Ruyter

03-02-2008, 12:37 AM
Aye,.. it was sank against much stronger Japanese force,.
it brought along Admiral Karel Doorman the Commander of combined allied fleet.

Next one,.. another ship from Europe Continent

03-02-2008, 06:31 AM
It's the Littorio conducting gunnery practice in 1940, but I can only tell cause I know that picture, otherwise it would be next to impossible to identify.

03-02-2008, 07:24 AM
Yeah,. what an imposing picture isn't it?,.

say ,. do you have anything for others to crack mate? :)

03-03-2008, 12:59 AM
A'ight then,.. how about this one?

03-11-2008, 05:27 PM
I guess marat is not so popular here :)

next one,... tragic end,.. faraway from home,.. one of the most advanced cruisers at that time,..

Major Walter Schmidt
03-12-2008, 09:29 AM
Prince of Wales?

03-12-2008, 10:13 AM
hint: South america

03-12-2008, 10:30 AM
It's the Admiral Graf Spee after she was scuttled at Montevideo and technically she was no cruiser :P

03-12-2008, 10:59 AM
well,.. it is true as well,. however this ship was made to be as 'cruiser' to obliged the Versailles treaty yes? ;) ,.. and yet it was armed as battleship :) then perhaps made her to be a battle-cruiser?

Do you have a ship or two in mind for us to guess? :)

03-12-2008, 11:53 AM
Ok, what is this:


03-12-2008, 12:03 PM
Montana,.. it appeared only on sketch

03-12-2008, 01:19 PM
Ok, and this:

03-13-2008, 03:02 AM
Gneisenau/scharnhorst,. beautiful ships

03-13-2008, 03:24 PM
Big submarine here,..

Major Walter Schmidt
03-13-2008, 04:03 PM

03-14-2008, 03:29 AM

yes it is,.. one the biggest subs before WW2,... your turn MAjor Sir!,..:cool:

Major Walter Schmidt
03-15-2008, 12:15 PM
Big beuty

03-15-2008, 12:23 PM
man,. i thought this supposed to be boat or sumthing,. but if you want,. flying boat also ok,..

BV 238

Major Walter Schmidt
03-15-2008, 09:51 PM
Yes. It is the Bv238.

03-16-2008, 03:37 AM
How about this one;

Major Walter Schmidt
03-16-2008, 03:39 AM
Ill guess its from the USA.

03-17-2008, 12:03 AM
no, it was not,.

Major Walter Schmidt
03-17-2008, 09:59 AM
Hmmm... I saw a US flag in the background. Is it UK?

03-17-2008, 10:32 AM
it is not a battleship,..

03-20-2008, 12:22 PM
Bye bye HMS Terror,..

Odd looking ship is it?

Major Walter Schmidt
03-21-2008, 07:59 PM
Graf Zeppelin?

03-21-2008, 08:10 PM
Hint: One of the most expensive vessel at that time

Major Walter Schmidt
05-30-2008, 10:04 AM
damn.. the image is kinda small..

05-30-2008, 11:58 AM
Small indeed, my dear Herr Major, but sufficiently distinctive as well. Presented vessel is the Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi.

Here you have a couple of direct links:



Major Walter Schmidt
05-30-2008, 02:51 PM
Bird's eye view should have done it...:D Big fat rising sun on the deck....:)

05-31-2008, 03:10 PM
Well, here is my task for you, honorable ladies and gentlemen: do you recognize this vessel:


This ship was the very best technological achievement in a given naval class, a true inspiration for numerous constructors, and a truly heartbreaking example of the perils of a total administrative incompetence connected with otherwise completely safe and sound works of factual engineering aptitude.

06-01-2008, 10:40 PM
This is Algérie
The Algérie was a French heavy cruiser that served during the early years of World War II. She was built in response to the Italian Zara class cruisers, incorporating better armour than previous French cruisers.

06-02-2008, 07:42 PM
Bravo, my dear Mr. Gumalangi! The very best "strict & stringent" 10000 ton standard Treaty cruiser of the world, although her normal displacement was about 10% over the limit. She was well armored, and especially well protected against aerial bombs and torpedoes.

Please, proceed! :D

06-04-2008, 01:07 PM
Quite popular ship

06-04-2008, 02:41 PM
Tripitz? Bismark?

06-04-2008, 09:45 PM
no sir,. none of them,.

06-06-2008, 09:01 AM
Yes, my dear Mr. Gumalangi, I have to admit that you really do have a connoisseur’s taste in naval esthetics! Indeed, this ship – La nave da battaglia Vittorio Veneto – surely is a very fine-looking vessel! :D

Here you have a direct link:


06-06-2008, 01:20 PM
No i am not Mr Librarian :) however thank you for the compliment,.

please have your turn

06-08-2008, 07:14 PM
Very well, my dear Mr. Gumalangi. So here it is: the very best vessel in its class, a highly successful, but almost completely forgotten construction that has fallen off her well deserved pedestal into anonymity due to the financial restrictions immanent to the post-war society...:(


06-10-2008, 04:26 AM
I still havent got a clue on what is this fine looking vessel,. however,. the bridge and the funnels, suggests me, this is a JDMF's vessel of the earlier time,.

i was thought this was Tree krone of swede,..

06-11-2008, 03:28 AM
And that second thought of yours was almost a right solution, my dear Mr. Gumalangi! Yes, you are on the right track – please, proceed! :D

06-15-2008, 11:15 PM
I found so many names under its fleet's ships from the earlier time,. but hardly any picture,..

this must be one of those destroyer escort,.

You really posed a tough nut to crack,. and i havent touch the other british guy or at least a gentlement in His Majesty uniform,. on your other quiz,..


06-16-2008, 01:12 PM
My dear Mr. Gumalangi, first of all let me thank you for your magnificent determination! Your identification campaign is truly vigorous and fine - you have worked hard and I really do appreciate your efforts. :D

And yes, presented picture is a true rarity – it has been overtaken from the Jane’s Fighting Ships, which was printed in 1946, although some comparable photographs are available on-line. For example this one here:


Therefore here is the explanation: our mystery ship was the Swedish Göteborg class Stockhlom destroyer – a highly successful design within a so called coastal destroyer category, with six vessels in the class (Göteborg, Stockholm, Malmö, Karlskröna, Norrköping and Gavle).

Tremendously agile, armored-protected, equipped with first-rate, dependable and durable ASEA-built steam turbo-machinery, armed with three 120 mm guns, six 25 mm AA cannons, two heavy machine-guns and six 533 mm torpedo tubes arranged in two triples, these units were extremely fast, and capable to exceeded their previously planned speed of 39 knots (at least one vessel surpassed 42 knots!).

06-17-2008, 01:48 AM
42 knots is as fast as a torpedo boat indeed,..

it is now 2-0 against me,.. i am loosing am but gaining in other hand,. :D
please have your next vessel,.. once i got it,.. i ill try to event up my lost :)

now i will proceed with the men in His Majesty uniform,.


06-17-2008, 09:54 AM
You think that 42 knots are the top-achievement in the naval speed category during the WW2 among large combat vessels, my dear Mr Gumalangi? Well, perhaps astonishing factual results achieved with this ship will be able to reveal the fact that technology was capable to bring into being even superior engineering proposals.


You see, with all armament installed during initial full-power measured mile trials, this truly unique ship was capable to accomplish almost unbelievable speed of 45.8 knots! Standard fleetness in normal service was slightly reduced to 43 knots. :cool:

06-29-2008, 12:45 AM
sorry mr librarian,. i was on outstation for aweek,. now,. lemme get back to the your posts


06-30-2008, 07:30 AM
Le Fantasque


07-01-2008, 02:21 PM
No, my dear Mr. Gumalangi. Actually this ship was undeniably inspired by French Mogador class large destroyers, and essentially represented a prototype for the highly ambivalent, but technically truly amazing Capitani Romani class of Italian combat vessels. ;)

07-18-2008, 07:53 PM

sorry to overlook,. have your turn again Mr Librabrian,.

i was actually confuse between Fantasque or italin's Capitani Romani

Next vessel if you please


07-21-2008, 04:00 PM
Oh, thus our undully forgotten Soviet flotilla leader Tashkent, ordered under the second Five Year Plan from the renowned Italian company Odero Terni Orlando of Livorno in 1937, remained as an unresolved mystery? Well, that’s life… :roll:

Nevertheless, if you are interested you will be able to find a plethora of usable information about this remarkable vessel here:


In the meantime, here is another example of unjustifiably forgotten constructive engineering excellence for you, my dear Mr. Gumalangi. ;)

Major Walter Schmidt
07-21-2008, 08:47 PM
easy. Surcouf. Notice the frecnch flag.

Major Walter Schmidt
07-21-2008, 09:15 PM
It suddenly became famous in 2005 when the movie Loreli was released. The movie is about a German sub based on the Surcouf brought to japan.

07-22-2008, 04:34 PM
Bravo, my dear Herr Major: indeed, our mysterious vessel was the world’s largest pre-WW2 submarine - Surcouf - armed with a pair of 203mm cannons, and an airplane. Her exact fate still remains a mystery, and her wreck has never been located.

Offically accepted explanation is that she went down on the night of February 18, 1942, having collided with an American freighter Thompson Lykes.

On the other hand, naval historian James Rusbridger in his highly intriguing book Who Sank Surcouf examined some more peculiar theories on her demise. All are easy to dismiss - except one. He states that the records of the Sixth Heavy Bomber Group, which operated out of Panama, are containing direct statement that they sank a large submarine in the early morning hours of the 19th of February, 1942. In view of the fact that no Axis submarine was lost in that area on that date, it could only have been Surcouf.

Perhaps an additional US exploratory naval expedition - similar to that one which had been led by oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard (who discovered the Titanic back there in 1985) - will be able to find, investigate and photograph Surcuf's remains…

And please, proceed – next turn is completely yours! :)

Major Walter Schmidt
07-22-2008, 10:46 PM
guess this sunken beuty
hint: the ___est vessel of WWII
my favorite ship besides the U-XXI and Surcouf
and that was also a hint...

Major Walter Schmidt
07-22-2008, 10:58 PM
another hint:
it could carry planes
and no it is not the U-cruiser.

07-22-2008, 11:52 PM
its a IJN's three barrel-25mm AA

as you comparing with sourcouf and type XXI

i would vote for I-400

Major Walter Schmidt
07-23-2008, 09:47 AM
ah.... close!

07-23-2008, 11:20 AM

now i want my candy

Major Walter Schmidt
07-23-2008, 11:25 AM
you can have your candy!
And I-401 it is!

07-25-2008, 01:22 AM

KMS Graf Zeppelin

01-23-2009, 07:03 AM
I would like to ask the person that last answered correctly to advance this thread, because we have been sorely in lack of any good naval enigmas for the last few months.
If not, I ask the initiator of this thread to do the same, so we could get back to our game.

Major Walter Schmidt
01-23-2009, 09:56 AM
Wings, you do it.

01-23-2009, 12:34 PM
All right then.

Ladies and gentlemen, please be kind enough to answer this easy question:
What is the name of this particular vessel?


01-23-2009, 01:07 PM
Italian aircraft carrier Aquilla, while rusting in La Spezia in 1951, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath. Obviously, carriers were very important vessels for you lately! :D

01-23-2009, 02:11 PM
Very well spotted my dear Mr Librarian. Really, nothing gets by you, does it? :D
And yes, I do have a certain fondness for carriers, especially those that have been unjustly forgotten.

01-24-2009, 07:19 PM
Good, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath! In that case, we will have many highly interesting moments in this thread. :D

However, numerous highly intriguing vessels of different classes are still waiting for their hard-earned presentation.

Take for example this one: without any doubt, it was amongst the finest ships in its own class. Furthermore – this ship actively served until the very end of the WW 2 in Europe!


What a beauty!

01-26-2009, 01:20 AM
Quite easy, my dear Mr Librarian.
French light cruiser "Georges Leygues" , of the very sucessful "La Galissonničre" class of cruisers.
I can tell you this picture was taken after the 1943 re-fitting in Philadelphia (note the two US Bofors 40mm AA guns visible in the picture) and that is certainly "Georges Leygues", because her sistership "Gloire" had the rear antenna mast mounted behind rather than in front of her funnel, had a diffrently shaped bridge and spent most of the war in "razzle" camouflage (although some pictures exist whit the ship in two-tone after the end of WW2) while her other sistership "Montcalm", albeit having been re-fitted at the same US shipyard had a different shape antenna mast mounted on her funnel.

01-26-2009, 03:18 AM
Ship class is right, but the vessel name is wrong, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath. ;)

01-26-2009, 06:54 AM
Oh. In this case it must be the "Montcalm".
The only pictures I have of her show the vessel after the war and indeed the rear antenna mast is different, but maybe she initially looked exactly like "Georges Leygues" after her refit in Philadelphia.
In any case she can not possibly be "Gloire", and the other ships in her class ("Marseillaise", "Jean de Vienne" and "La Galissonničre") were scuttled in 1942.

01-26-2009, 08:18 AM
Yes - it is "Montcalm", my dear mr. Wingsofwrath. Besides – only she carried out shore bombardment on targets in French Riviera on April 23rd, 1945. ;)

You have earned your well deserved turn. Therefore please, proceed. :D

01-26-2009, 10:01 AM
You are correct my dear Mr Librarian, but the "Georges Leygues" took part in the same engagements as "Montcalm", and when the latter bombarded the French Riviera she turned to pummel the Italian one, so one cannot say that any of the two ships is more worthy of praise than the other.

In any case, allow me to present you with my modest addition to this thread - since we were discussing light cruisers, here is another nice looking one:


01-27-2009, 05:58 AM
Indeed, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath, but as far as I know "George Leyges" actually was active only until March of 1945. ;)

In any case, thank you very much for this truly nice snapshot of the "Maxim Gorky" (Kirov Class) soviet cruiser. :D

01-27-2009, 01:09 PM
Spot on, my dear Mr Librarian, it is indeed the "Maxim Gorky", of the Kirov class, in my opinion the best looking cruiser class of the entire Soviet Navy.

As for the "Georges Leygues", I'm afraid your information is incorrect, since she was actively patrolling the south of the Mediteranean until the May of 1945, when she entered a refit in Casablanca which lasted until the January of 1946.
She next saw action in 1954, along with her sistership "Montcalm", as fire support for the Indochina campaign and then 1956 in the Suez Affair.

In any case, you have the board, and I anxiously await your next enigma.

01-27-2009, 06:41 PM
Quite possible, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath. However, my previous statement was based upon these distinctive declarations:

"Her war (Georges Leygues) ended with coastal bombardments along the Italian Riviera coastline around Genoa until March 1945."


"April 23rd: Deployed for support of military advance by British 5th Army. Carried out shore bombardment on targets in French Riviera with Free French cruisers MONTCALM and DUGUAY TROIN."


However, the most important thing is that positive identification of the vessel was achieved. :)

And now – here is another mystery vessel:


This incredibly intrepid ship represented one of the best warships in active duty during the whole WW2. ;)

02-04-2009, 02:54 PM
Well, well...

This is indeed a most puzzling one.

The ship in question looks like a British built destroyer, most likely of the "U" or "V" classes, but a number of details make me think she might not be in the Royal Navy when the picture was taken...

In any case, inquiries are still underway...

02-07-2009, 01:44 PM
Lets take a wild guess built on previous questions from the same poster. Kotor or Pula, ex 'W' Class?

02-09-2009, 11:30 AM
No, my dear Mr. MKenny – that would be too easy for our challenging thread. :)

You know… the very first and completely rational tactical idea is that Mr. Librarian will use a snapshot of the less-known, but still unique Yugoslav destroyer, and as an old tactician I do have an obligation to circumvent those potentially… well, risky solutions. :D However, I am assuring you that some completely unknown vessels of the RYN will be posted here – when the time comes! ;)

02-09-2009, 09:42 PM
I am not interested enough to try and get images of all the many Navies who got the J to Z Class (plus some Ca, Ch,Co & Cr types) Destroyers sold off after the war.
31 went to non-Commonwealth Navies
7 each to The Netherlands and Pakistan
5 to Turkey
4 to Norway
2 each to Egypt, Israel, Yugoslavia and Poland.

02-10-2009, 12:12 PM
Excellent technical investigation, my dear Mr. Mkenny. However, it suffers from one main problem - general assumption that our mystery ship actually is representing an example of the aforementioned British classes. Unfortunately, in fact it exemplifies an completely independent naval project. :)

02-10-2009, 02:27 PM
Once you told us it was not a RN vessel then it was much easier. Poland, Blyskawica.




here is the actual photo you used:


02-11-2009, 04:00 PM
Yes, my dear Mr. Mkenny – Blyskawica (Lightning), a "Grom" (Thunder) Class destroyer, one of the fastest (41,5 knots!) and most heavily armed ships of its type, the only remaining warship that was built before WW2, and without any doubt one of the best ever designed destroyers of the world, indeed was our mystery-ship.

This truly heroic vessel performed an outstanding war service, but she will be most fondly remembered on the Isle of Wight for her steadfast defence of Cowes and East Cowes against german bombers. Indeed excellent story about that sadly forgotten and truly unique occurrence is available here:


Once again, my dear Mr. Mkenny, allow me to congratulate you on your well-deserved triumph, and to thank you for your devotion. Please – proceed. We are in anticipation of your task. :D

05-23-2009, 12:15 AM
Again,. sorry to override ,.

lets keep the ball running

guess this one,. suppose to be an easy one

Hint: great ship, but bad fate

10-31-2009, 03:52 AM
Oh, come on... Nobody answered on this one?

Dear Mr Gumalangi, I think your mysterious offer is none other than the ill fated HMS Repulse as she appeared in 1939, shortly before the outbreak of hostilities.

It's fairly easy to ascertain it is indeed this ship and not her half-sister HMS Renown, because the latter had her bridge redesigned at the same time she was fitted with the aircraft hangar behind the second funnel, while the Repulse retained her original 1915 bridge. (It also helps to know that Renown survived the war and was struck in 1948)


11-20-2009, 02:42 AM
So, is it, indeed the Repulse?

Should I post something to continue the game?

12-02-2009, 11:16 AM
Since good Mr Gumalangi doesn't seem to be answering, I take my liberty to continue this thread.

As my offer, a somewhat odd choice of ship, considering the fact this thread is dedicated to WW2 naval warfare, but I can assure you this particular vessel saw her share of action.
Also, I hope her distinctive shape will prove an easy enough primer for the return to life of this thread...


12-02-2009, 01:26 PM
Oh, my goodness! RMS Aquitania, a remnant of the good old Cunard express-liners era. Yes, she was a highly useful and faithful old lady.

But I somehow have a strange impression that we do need something… faster! :D

12-03-2009, 02:23 PM
And finally - here it is:


Honorable ladies and gentlemen, as usually - we are awaiting your kind offers! :)

12-05-2009, 05:51 PM
My, my. Isn't that speedy little ship Flottentorpedoboot Typ 1939 T35, steaming ahead as the DD 395, after she as been ceded to the US as war reparations?

Well, I think it is (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/61/T_35_August_1945_as_DD_395.jpg), so I'm offering you this nice little boat instead:


12-07-2009, 02:23 PM
My, my, my, oh my! The Romanian destroyer Regina Maria (photographed while in Soviet service as Letuchiy) of the Regele Ferdinand class, which was manufactured by the Pattison Yard in Naples. Without doubt, an outstanding selection, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath. :D

Nevertheless, we have our own fresh contestant too:


I think that this one will be highly intriguing as well. ;)

01-25-2010, 01:51 PM
I have an image that might be difficult to identify but I don't know what I need to do to upload it. My father took the picture some 60 years ago.

01-25-2010, 02:07 PM
http://www.ww2incolor.com/d/387281-2/1930caAmerWarship (http://www.ww2incolor.com/us-navy/1930caAmerWarship.html)

My father took this picture in the 1930s in, I believe, Surabaja or Batavia. What is the name of the ship and in what navy was it?

02-18-2010, 10:46 AM
Most likely the New Orleans class light cruiser USS Astoria (CA-34). I replied in the other thread as well.

02-28-2010, 08:57 AM
Nevertheless, we have our own fresh contestant too:


I think that this one will be highly intriguing as well. ;)

This was a rather sly little ship to track down, but I got her in the end: She's the Royal Siamese Navy coastal battleship Dhunburi (also written as Dumburi or Thumburi), laid down in Japan in 1936, launched in 1938 and sunk January 17th 1941 by a Vichy French light cruiser.

The next mystery in the series, I give you a ship that will hopefully be easier to identify:


03-04-2010, 11:58 AM

This ship looks familiar for me
I guess - this is Hugarian!
(thanx for that - we ar not a regular naval nation :oops:)
Ex austro-hungarian patrol vessel Győr (from 1929) (ex Compo).
Armed with two l/50 8cm Bofors AA gun

After WW II American loot (prize) disassembled in 1950.

Is it correct?


03-04-2010, 03:42 PM
Absolutely correct! The Győr was indeed highly recognisable because of her distinctive 8mm turrets, which, as you correctly stated, could be used in an AA role as well.

I got the idea to post this particular ship because about a month ago I saw a very interesting exhibition about the Austro-Hungarian Navy in the Military History Museum of Budapest.

It is now your turn to post the next enigma, Mr Tiger!

03-04-2010, 08:01 PM
Maybe its too easy, I don't know.

What's the name of this ship?
What was her great victory?


03-06-2010, 06:31 PM
Oh, the German merchant raider Kormoran (HSK-8, ex-Steiermark), known for sinking Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney in November of 1941 while being disguised as the Dutch freighter Straat Malakaa. ;)

03-07-2010, 03:48 AM
Oh, the German merchant raider Kormoran (HSK-8, ex-Steiermark), known for sinking Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney in November of 1941 while being disguised as the Dutch freighter Straat Malakaa. ;)

Congratulation Mr. Librarian!

I had a feeling, this should be easy for you, but never thought that SO easy...

It"s your turn now, I am waiting for a question!


03-08-2010, 02:57 PM
Thank you, my dear Mr. Tiger 205. You know… when an typically civilian-looking ship is famed in a topic which is dedicated to warships, then probably that vessel really has some truly authentic wartime connotation. ;)

And here is my latest offer, honorable ladies and gentlemen:


Yes, yes – I know: this ship indeed looks a little bit… well, old fashioned, but I am assuring you that this Old Lady was in active service even in 1943! :)

03-09-2010, 03:48 AM
It looks like an aged sloop....


03-09-2010, 04:47 AM
Actually, that is the old Gazelle class light cruiser SMS Niobe serving with he Yugoslavian navy as the Dalmacija (http://www.paluba.info/smf/operativa/krstarica-%27dalmacija%27-t3485/?PHPSESSID=14d12fc97fb32afcb14783b083ca95f1), before being torpedoed in 1943...

03-09-2010, 05:06 AM
Actually, that is the old Gazelle class light cruiser SMS Niobe serving with he Yugoslavian navy as the Dalmacija (http://www.paluba.info/smf/operativa/krstarica-%27dalmacija%27-t3485/?PHPSESSID=14d12fc97fb32afcb14783b083ca95f1), before being torpedoed in 1943...

Such a shame! :oops:
I spend some days every year in the Dalmatan coast, and I forgot this famous sea power :army:
Of course I ran throug the original light cruisers, but forgot the reconstruction/rebuilding opportunities!


03-09-2010, 06:14 AM
Heh. For me it was a lucky encounter - I always look at Yugoslavia first when dealing with good Mr Librarian's riddles, but in this case, what really struck me was the similarity of the silhouette (especially those twin funnels) to the old Hochseeflotte Gazelle class, ignored the raked bow and it was plain sailing from there...

In any case, please allow me to introduce the next enigma, which I'm sure will be identified quite easily...


03-09-2010, 09:09 PM
Oh, what a nice snapshot of the Russian Imperial Yacht Standart, converted during the late thirties into the Soviet minelayer Marti, which served in the Baltic, laying mines and bombarding enemy positions along the coast until the end of the war.
Here is a direct link:


In 1957 this truly curious vessel was converted yet again, this time into a training ship called Oka, which continued serving in that role until she was scrapped in 1963.

What a magnificent career! :cool:

03-10-2010, 05:02 AM
And what good eyes you have to have spotted her right off the bat!
But of course, I have to say I am hardly surprised anymore when that happens, my dear Mr Librarian.

In any case, the Standart was a very nice looking ship, don't you think? I think her lines were better than those of the SMY Hohenzollern, for example.

As is the customs, please proceed in dazzling us with the next enigma.

03-10-2010, 07:55 PM
Indeed, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath – that vessel had broken new ground with its luxury and good looks, being smooth and stylish, as well as technically distinctive in its military role. You know… a huge, two funnel, distinctively non-American flush-decker, displaying a flat stern – things that were to dominate naval styling for the next 30 or so years. A magnificent technological package. :)

As you know, I do adore those unique technical solutions applied both in design and manufacturing processes which are connected with numerous material artifacts of human existence, and ships are not an exception. :D

So here is my new proposal for you, and for all members of our distinguished forum as well:


This ship indeed was an extraordinary exemplar, being evenly a distinctive technological forerunner and an admirable naval combatant! ;)

03-11-2010, 04:10 AM
My, my. That looks like the Japanese light cruiser Yūbari (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_cruiser_Y%C5%ABbari), a one-off "scout cruiser" built in 1922. Never knew there was a colour photograph of her though.

03-11-2010, 03:21 PM
Indeed, my dear Mr. Wingsofwrath. Light cruiser Yubari of the IJN really was our most recent offer. What can I say else but – the job well done! :)

As usually, it’s time for you to take the lead.

01-24-2011, 11:25 PM
I fear there is not much going on for the Navy on the Quiz thread, so in order to resurrect this particular topic, please allow me to post what will hopefully prove to be an easy riddle:


02-06-2011, 04:09 AM
HMS Soveriegn, lend it to Russia,.. Named Archangelsk from 1944 to 1949

02-06-2011, 02:28 PM
Of course!:D

I see you weren't at all deceived by the prominent Soviet insignia, Mr. Gumalangi!
Your turn to post.

02-07-2011, 05:55 AM
Here we go :D :D

02-08-2011, 08:50 AM
That is the Austo-Hungarian "Tegetthoff" class battleship "SMS Szent István", imediately recognisable due to the platform extending from her bridge to the aft funnel.

She was the only one of her class to have a full Hungarian crew, but unfortunately, executive meddling during her construction led to her being fitted with a different propulsion system.
She had only two instead of four turbines and propeller shafts, which gave her reduced speed and manoeuvrability due to excess cavitation, a problem which ultimately led to her doom at the hands of Italian torpedo boat MAS 15 on June 9 1918.

02-08-2011, 09:58 PM
Yes Sir! :D
You got it right to the point,. have your turn ;)

01-25-2012, 10:52 PM
ahh,.. long forgotten,. my favorite quiz page :)

anyone care to guess?.. interesting rear sight :d


01-31-2012, 04:53 PM
A quick browse trough a small handbook called ONI 203 published in 1943, coupled with this battleship's rather unique funnel and distinctive triple 6" turrets suggest this is the French battleship Richelieu.


Also, sorry I forgot about this thread...

01-31-2012, 11:44 PM
yes indeed,.. :)

the thread is yours :)

02-02-2012, 03:02 AM
Thank you, Mr. Gumalangi!

Here is my humble offer: who can name at least one of these "iced" boats?


02-03-2012, 12:14 AM
its a VIIC :D

02-03-2012, 04:14 AM
I knew you'd say that, and no, it isn't. :D

This is the bow of a VII C and, as you can see, the drainages slots are completely different...


Sorry, couldn't help adding a few red herrings - I purposefully chose a picture which, at first sight, will make the boat look like well known German types, but, despite the familiar silhouette, the underlying details are completely different.

02-03-2012, 09:19 PM
The way you say, i assumed this no germans :D

So i opt for Stalinec class subs ;)

02-04-2012, 11:10 AM
Even tough the Cталинец (Stalinets) class of Soviet Submarines is somewhat reminiscent of the German submarine classes due to the close collaboration between the two nations in the interwar period as far as weapons production was concerned, unfortunately not only does my offer not belong to this class but also I can safely say it does not belong to the Soviet Navy.

Keep hunting!

02-05-2012, 02:17 AM
i think i dont miss this time,. i had measure the wind and anticipate the movement,. this got to be bulls eye!! :D

Vetehinen class,. the smaller next to it,.. is Saukko class :D :D they both were at suomenlinna :D

02-07-2012, 10:08 PM
since the picturs poser didnot confirm it,. but i can confirm it :D :D,. so ill pose my mistery vessel :)
anyone can name this beauty?

02-08-2012, 10:51 AM
Hmmm... that looks pretty much like the Chilean battleship "Almirante Latorre", built in Britain in 1914 and which served in the British Navy in WW1 as "HMS Canada" , before being handed over to Chile in 1920. It was decommissioned in October 1958 and finally scrapped in Japan.

Also, I confirm those were indeed the Finnish subs Saukko and Vetehinen. Sorry I didn't do it earlier, but I simply forgot to check this board as well...

02-08-2012, 07:22 PM
Yes sir! you get it right :),.

No worries on the fishy icy :),. have your turn ;)

02-09-2012, 03:42 AM
In this case, please be kind enough to identify this floaty thing:


02-09-2012, 04:25 AM
HMS ROBERTS - Roberts-class 15in gun Monitor :)

02-09-2012, 12:26 PM
And right you are! Your turn to post, my dear Mr. Gumalangi!

01-09-2015, 11:37 AM
sorry for such a long delay,.

i was confused at the beginning,. but this one is one,. or two of its kind :)


01-10-2015, 09:29 AM
Hmm... The turrets look distinctly British (including polished metal barrel ends) and they each mount three guns, so I'm going to hazard a guess that we're looking at HMS Rodney.


01-10-2015, 10:10 AM
the barrels is a giveaway clue :)

your turn :)

01-11-2015, 03:52 PM
Actually, it was both the barrels and the fact you mentioned "two" ships which immediately made me think of the Nelsons, and it took about 5 minutes to make sure which of the ships I was looking at.

Let's hope my little enigma will prove a bit more challenging.

Happy hunting!


01-11-2015, 08:50 PM
Chinese cruiser Ning Hai

01-12-2015, 05:20 AM
Of course! Sterling work, my dear Mr.Gumalangi!

I should have known it would be an easy one for you. Please, proceed.

01-12-2015, 06:02 PM
Thank Mr Wingsofwrath

perhaps anyone could identify this mysterious submarine :)


01-13-2015, 03:01 AM
Very clever, but I got it fairly easily! :D

Looking at the picture, it was kind of obvious this was a Project 613 (Whiskey Class) boat with which I am intimately acquainted, having visited a couple of them, and an early type, judging by the fact the AA armament is still present (this was deleted in later boats).

Guided by the fact the number looked unlike any of the Russian boats I've seen and the fact you have your national flag proudly displayed in your avatar, I immediately looked at pictures of Indonesian Navy submarines, and, sure enough, there she was - RI Tjakra/S-01, one of the first two Indonesian submarines, both Project 613 Type C boats purchased from the Soviet Union in 1959.

01-13-2015, 03:21 AM
Very clever, but I got it fairly easily! :D

Looking at the picture, it was kind of obvious this was a Project 613 (Whiskey Class) boat with which I am intimately acquainted, having visited a couple of them, and an early type, judging by the fact the AA armament is still present (this was deleted in later boats).

Guided by the fact the number looked unlike any of the Russian boats I've seen and the fact you have your national flag proudly displayed in your avatar, I immediately looked at pictures of Indonesian Navy submarines, and, sure enough, there she was - RI Tjakra/S-01, one of the first two Indonesian submarines, both Project 613 Type C boats purchased from the Soviet Union in 1959.

well done sir!

The thread is yours :)

01-14-2015, 02:32 AM
Thank you, Mr. Gumalangi!

If we started with submarines, then, by all means, let's continue. What is the name of this boat?


01-14-2015, 05:35 AM
I found HMAS oxley resemblance of the mysterious submarine, it has one sister ship. HMAS Otway. These were Odin class submarine modified for Australian Navy

01-15-2015, 11:33 AM
You are very close, but not quite there. The mystery sub is not quite Odin class, but it does have a lot in common with them.
Also, this particular sub is definitely not Australian.

Keep searching, you're doing great! :D

02-03-2015, 07:56 AM
Hello Mr wingsofwrath,.

sorry for the late answer,. i am close to dropping the towel,. but P class seems got similarity on the tower and periscope,.

but really,. i think i am lost,. :)

02-04-2015, 03:35 AM
Don't give up just yet, Mr. Gumalangi!

You were, very, very close when you were talking about Odin Class - the boat is most certainly British built, and, in fact, there is a direct link to it from the Odin Class Wikipedia article...
It's just that it isn't a straight Odin, but a slightly smaller design based on this class.

02-04-2015, 03:53 AM
Don't give up just yet, Mr. Gumalangi!

You were, very, very close when you were talking about Odin Class - the boat is most certainly British built, and, in fact, there is a direct link to it from the Odin Class Wikipedia article...
It's just that it isn't a straight Odin, but a slightly smaller design based on this class.

Ah,. your hint is a giveaway answer :)., its a chilean's submarine almirante simpson :)

02-05-2015, 12:23 PM
Well done, Mr. Gumalangi!

She is indeed the "Capitan O'Brien" class submarine "Almirante Simpson", built in 1929 by Vickers for the Chilean Navy.

Your turn!