From: Georgetown, Texas, USA
Looking for data on floating dry docks for the DB mod. Stock AE only has the largest Floating Drydocks but we want to expand that as far as possible in “the Babes”.
We have rather good information on US Navy docks. But would be interested in data for Civilian Docks along the US West Coast or in Hawaii. Also service history, especially for the smallest docks.
Considerable data on British Naval Docks, but some questions. We know of:
AFD 9 (55,000 ton lift) - Singapore 12/7/41
AFD 10 (50,000 ton lift) - Singapore 12/7/41
AFD 17 (2,750 ton lift) - Sydney June, 1945 for British Pacific Fleet
AFD 18 (2,750 ton lift) - Darwin prior to June, 1945
AFD 20 (2,750 ton lift) - British Pacific Fleet
AFD 22 (2,750 ton lift) - Replaced AFD 23 at Trincomalee
AFD 23 (50,000 ton lift) - Completed 7/44, Lost Trincomalee 8/44.
There are a lot of references to a Kings Floating Dry Dock in Singapore, apparently used by the Japanese after capture of Singapore. Both AFD 9 and AFD 10 are listed as scuttled. Does anyone know anything about Kings Floating Dry Dock? Is it –9 or –10 raised/repaired? Or another one?
Also, replacing a 50,000 ton lift dock with a 2,750 ton one is a bit odd. Anyone have better data?
And, any others? Naval or commercial docks in Burma or India??
As for the Dutch, we have reference to four naval floating docks. Three at Soerabaya of 15,500, 3,500 and 2,500 ton lift, and one at Tjilatjap of 8,000 tons. The latter moved from Batavia in December, 1941 (not sure but probably after war began). Can anyone verify this? Were there any others, especially at Batavia?
The only reference to a floating drydock in Australia or New Zealand that we have so far is the small dock at Darwin that was occupied by a corvette during the big air raid. Any others? Any at all…
Almost nothing on Japan. There was apparently a 4,000 ton dock at Truk – any one have any details on this (or others)?
Any and all help appreciated. This type of data is hard to find. Would like as precise data as possible – especially lift capacity and service dates/locations.