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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/17/2013 11:21:19 AM   
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A grey mist hangs over the river, thick heavy, dank
rain falls, and the green world is wet, wet, wet.

Hosho stares at the sky, and curses.

Tomorrow then.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/17/2013 11:35:19 AM   
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In this war, japanese carriers seem to have had a horrible tendency to explode, shatter under single torpedo hits. The blow strikes, the column of water rises dead admidships.

Kaga, ex battleship, thanks her heritage, that great belt she still wears

She steams on
"damage very minor, we carry on" (4 flood!)

So do the attacks
Yamato is missed
Her sister sights a scope
Charges are expended recklessly.

The attacks just seem to keep coming

3 hours later, a destroyer is hit, there are two more attacks. 3 of Zuihos Jills return bombless, claiming hits. They might be right, they might be wrong.
It is a long day
Jesselton will slip by as the night falls, and Abe swings due north, desperate to try to slip the pack about them.

Kaga remains with them.........a minor miracle.
To win, Japan will need many more.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/17/2013 9:52:10 PM   
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Dang, we really need to see what, or how, he manages his subs. I read a lot of AAR's, this one is for the books!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/17/2013 11:19:43 PM   
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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/18/2013 9:36:55 AM   
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May 19th

Abe increases speed, and dodges the fleet North. The tactic works. Behind them in their wake a convoy ( in total ignorance of the danger, which of course, in the Japanese way has not been informed of the danger), blunders across the underwater wasps nest. It is not pretty

Zuihos bombers strike at two subs, does it help?
One can but hope.

Takeji and his crew spend a nervous day, a phychologist would have little danger in finding a diagnosis; mild paranoia.
Maybe its a good thing that a certain action to the North, nearer to japan , remains hidden from them:

The Zuiho maru is sunk in a brutal action, the attacking SS killed by the escorts.
Zuiho, and a SS attack..............

Its hard to think of little else

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/18/2013 9:48:00 AM   
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The tree trunk, lying on the ground, has provided beautiful cover. Greg Butler has carved out a small hollow, Camoflaged it well. Now his sights are quite literally focusing on his latest target, the rifle pointing out into the clear.

The fool across the river has a moustache, he sees. A nice aiming point..............

Several things happen at once
He fires, the puff of discharge floats..........

The head vanishes
a voice calls behind him, "did you get him?"
Startled, he turns, sliding on the wet ground just a little, seeking the idiot behind him
His gun is smacked, shattered, flung from his hands, the enemy shot flinging it away, the shock wrenching up his arm......





Hosho see's the shot, sees his snipers strike............, knows instantly that its missed.

Just

'"play ball, strike one, ball none", he whispers to himself. At least this will distract from the hunger........


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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/18/2013 9:50:36 AM   
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The feed pump rotor is out, the new packing shaft sleeve in place. The scraping of the casing gasket faces has begun

Temperature sits at 143 degrees today on the top plates.

Nothing unusual here, carry on.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 2:57:21 AM   
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20 may 44


40 miles south east of Colombo

The final act begins for ss I-23. her fish have cruelly bounced off the flank of the destoyer, and now enraged, the destoyer in turn pounds her with a rain of charges.

Out of control, already flooding, her men dazed and fear crazed, burst onto her upper decks even as the warm Indian ocean waters flow from her flanks.
Detirmined to die as men, fighting they swarm towards the gun, they will take the destroyer with them.....

They will die, that is inevitable, yet another casualty of this war, but they will be remembered by history.
Battleship Queen Elizabeth engages with main guns.................

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 3:06:05 AM   
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The cruel pace continues

Combined fleet approaches the east coast of malaya, waters where japan once opened this war.
Tomorrow it will swing south, hug the coast, and dash towards Singapore

"A warm reception awaits"
Hidaka knows it. His bomber pilots are nearing exhaustion. Two more scopes attacked today. How many of the Bukas were there?
Singapore reports at least 4 lurking in their path, two attacked by ASW vessels, another bombed.

He turns to Uto." Who would have thought being a carrier man meant being hunted instead of hunted hey?............"

Uto laughs.........there is no humour in it......."Not what I imagined no.......ahh, remember when war was carrier combat, pilot on pilot?, plane on plane?, this hunting submarines is wearing thin boss, wearing bloody thin"

Hidaka cannot answer. There is none

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 3:17:52 AM   
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Extract from Shattering the sword, a cantona production.

May 44 edges towards June 44

In Russia, Manstien finally launches his long planned and cherished "backhand counter' against operation Baragaton. The decision to cancel the Kursk offensive of 43 will finally get its reward.

Operation Overlord approaches, now more urgently required than ever with the unfolding Russian cataclysm.
In the pacific, the quiet continues, and continues. The Allied fleet at Wessel island withdraws, Combined fleet has been revealed at last.
The British fleet begins offensive operations in the bay of bengal, sinking pickets to the north of Port headland, her battleships are reported at sea. On land, troops have infiltrated the jungles North of Raheang, threatening the heart of Japans line.

But the great quiet essentially continues. CVL Mizuho rejoins the fleet, airgroups flow south from Japan, as do the troops. 4th fleet is building a reserve in home waters.

The war wanders on.
Surely the Allies must move soon, surely..........time is now very much against them.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 6:19:19 AM   
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quote:

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Battleship Queen Elizabeth engages with main guns.................


Historical trivia: the only time a submarine has been sunk by a battleship in real history was on 18 March 1915, when HMS Dreadnought sank U-29 by ramming. It was done on purpose, for those who might wonder.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 5:50:21 PM   
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quote:

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Battleship Queen Elizabeth engages with main guns.................


Historical trivia: the only time a submarine has been sunk by a battleship in real history was on 18 March 1915, when HMS Dreadnought sank U-29 by ramming. It was done on purpose, for those who might wonder.

And in an indirect way - at the Second Battle of Narvik when HMS Warspite's float plane sank a U-boat in one of the arms of the fjord.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 11:48:03 PM   
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Thanks for the comments, was under impression this was fizzling out.



22/5/44

Takeji's command iin his usual crisp quick voice cuts across the bridge. "Port 20, revolutions 296"

And so it begins, we make our dash across the minefield.................
Below him, he feels Zuiho's vibrations gently increase, behind, the faint but distinct bangs and thuds of extra burners igniting, the noise rising through the funnel uptakes, exploding out her flank in dark broiling clouds.
And above that, the ever, ever present whine of the blowers now climbing the octave.

Revolutions 296, full speed for Singapore

The charge of the bloody light brigade more likely.........


Revolutions 296.......
Instinctively Lurchs grip on the blower throttle tightens, and extra sweat bursts from his brow......
But the Charge is there, right behind him, reaching to his ear......"Steady now, we dont have to get there all at once"

No, we don't...........
"Ship burners five and six!" roars Lurch, and the boiler thuds. Great hands spin the blower throttle above his head like a spinning top, the noise rises, the hands shift to the fuel valve, twist them too like a toy

Air first when going up............the mantra chants in his head, fuel first when going down............

The boiler room is thundering now, both remaining feed pumps screaming overhead, both the fuel pumps thumping away, the observation glasses on the boiler front glowing, casting their lurid glow across pale faces.
Guages flicker, but do not fall back, Okano and Hirate are on watch next door, they will treat the baby steamer gently enough, the throttles winding open at only a steady pace..

Zuiho carves the ocean now at her 27 knots.
Abe speeds combined fleet south at speed, and prays it will be fast enough.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 11:55:36 PM   
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They are dirty waters these, North east of singapore. Palua Tioman, that smalll pimple of an island may boast of being a tropical paradise, I would not believe it. Here the wind seems to blow continously, chopping the waters.........a perfect place for the scope to hide
Closer to malaya, a hundred rivers feed the sea, turning it brown..........a perfect place for a sub to hide

Thousands of fishing nets dot these waters, semi permanent traps, sticks in the water with nets suspended between.......and how many of these look like a scope!?
Far too many. Far too many indeed

Across this great fleet, under ten thousand screwed down hatches deep below waterlines, men avoid each others eyes......

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/20/2013 11:58:01 PM   
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The torpedoes strike

Two of them, deep in the battle wagons guts

Battleship Arizona lurches, slews to port.


Japan too, has subs.


The allied fleet is on the move, babar island swarms with shipping

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/21/2013 12:11:30 AM   
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3 am

"All good below Minobe?'

The dark shadow sharing Takeji's bridge continues to stare out into the dark, still, and silent

'Minobe?'
The shadow starts, mind obviously eleswhere....
'All good sir, usual problems, the feed pump repairs are almost done"
"And the idiot who broke it"
'A week of cafe party'


A week of cafe party......how things have changed my Engineering friend. Two years ago you would have half beaten him to death.........I suppose in any other japanese warship that still might have happened. What has changed you?, what has changed us?
An interesting question.......


A red flare rises on the horizon..........
Takeji involunteerly clenches his fist, teeth grind............an attack on the main body..........

Gods.........give me the dawn, give me Singapore.......




There is an attack, 4 fish launched at carrier Kasagi...but speed apparently saves her today, Abes dash succeeds.

The day will be a long one, anchoring, refuelling, recieving last minute supplies, preparing for the next day. Outside the ASW ships hunt, and drop charges, 20 sallies roam and search.

They don't have to search long. Outside the waters swarm with Buka's.

But for today, at least, Combined fleet is safe


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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/21/2013 12:13:53 AM   
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Port blair, once closed, has been allowed to repair itself.
Dinah 3's now operate from here, flown in for this one special mission.

106 ships columbo harbour............

106 ships


We will attack them.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/22/2013 9:33:04 AM   
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23/5/44

Late evening, engineers mess, Zuiho.
The evening meal has been cleared away, the tables are crowded with men writing letters, reading, playing Chess or other games.
The atmosphere is subduebed, there is no leave today, not that many of the men would have the energy to take it, it has been a gruelling day of stores, fuel, oil strike downs, and rushed maintenance jobs.
There is a knock on the door.........
'Permission to enter?'
It is Minobe, dressed in full uniform, a rare and strange sight indeed.
A wave of unease sweeps the mess..........but it is a requeast.
"Certainly sir......." the mess president answers.....
'Remain sitting men, this is informal........, where is our young villian Hirate?"

Hirate , snoozing in the corner, wakens with a start, eyes wide........"ey?"
Okano suddenly appears behind the Engineer, he is grinning from ear to ear.
Something twists in Hirates guts..............

Minobe carefully unfolds the telegram.........'have pleasure to announce marriage of Hirate to Okano's sister, the beautiful Mioko, as of this day, ..........."
The rest is drowned out in the roar of approval.

Minutes later, once the noise has dropped away, Minobe makes another statement.
'No leave tonight boys, but............"

There is a clink and a clatter behind him.
4 cartons of sake, liquid gold...........
""Congratulations Hirate, Okano.............you deserve it"



Arranged marriages are normal of course in Japan.
But Hirate knows, if he gets a chance, this one will flourish in love

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/22/2013 11:38:09 AM   
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persistant buggar............

Hosho grimaces as the dummy visibly jerks, the bullet shattering its head, the 'body' rolling back out of the bunkers entrance

persistant, and still a frightening good shot............

The radio crackles............'we think heis near the big tree'

Hosho reaches for the mike....."Are you sure?"

A laugh, "with this buggar............of course not, but its a good guess"
"Ok, let them know"
"'recieved, they are on the way"


They, are 7 small sonias, coaxed from the maw of third air command. Small, obsolete........light, useless usually, but here they may do some good.

Hosho hears them first, coming down the river, noisy, tinnie almost.
he smiles.........even army flyers should be able to plant a pickle or two about that tree..............
But the smile fades as the tinnie sound of the Sonias is drowned by the snarl of the P40s sweeping down upon them.

Its fast, its brutal, only two escape...................

Buggar.............."play ball, strike one, Ball three.............."
Buggar.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/22/2013 11:43:27 AM   
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Abe keeps combined fleet in Singapore.
Outside the waters crawl with SS, drawn here like bears to honey.

And the E class japanese boats go to work..............

They too begin to flood these waters. Too long have the submarines hunted us, let us, for a while, hunt them...........
One sunk today, another crippled, the sallies hit two.

A good days work.

How many, Cantona, are you willing to lose here?


Combined fleet stays. First fleet does not.
3 BBs, 12 destroyers dock Soerabaya, and wait. The allies are loading the marines that remain on Babar island still.
This Sword at soerabaya is old. But its steel still glimmers.


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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/22/2013 11:56:23 AM   
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Charge tries to look past the storeman, still unbeleiving, yet actually knowing that what he says is true...........
'None?, there were none?"

"I am sorry Charge......we put it as piority, they just are not available"

Charge turns away from the counter.
A coupling, his kingdom for a coupling.
Too many stores ordered, too many "not availables"
he can make almost anything, but some things, some things not even Zuiho can replace, castings especially.

Zuiho is of British heritage, of old british design, her tanker keel always designed about clive built machinery, or copies of.
What idiot goes to war against those that provided your bloody weapons?


Dejectedly he climbs the gangway again, mind already trying to work out what deals he can do with the other ships about him.


Live with something long enough, work with it long enough, and that things faults disapear.
Charge climbs the steep gangway from the ships boat. He does not see anymore the rusting flanks, nor once inside the fading paint, rust patches, the dark areas.
The war is catching up now with Zuiho, as it is with many of the ships about her.

The men remain strong. But steel can , and will, eventually fail.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/22/2013 11:57:59 AM   
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For those who might know better

Score is Japan 38627, allied 34543............ in game turns, do I have a chance of winning this?

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/22/2013 6:53:32 PM   
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Score is Japan 38627, allied 34543............ in game turns, do I have a chance of winning this?

So few games have gone to 1945 that it is hard to say for sure, but you have exacted a steady toll of naval and landing ships, so his pace will not be historic. Kamikazes may make ship losses offset the points of his further conquests. If winning means being ahead on points in late 1945, you have a chance.
The big thing is to kill off that crazy Herbisan character ... Oh, wait ....

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/24/2013 9:39:01 AM   
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Midnight, 25/5/44

Final preparations to sail.
I have read this sentence in Oh so many books.
the sentence does no justice to what is involved.

Ships are broken into departments, each with their own particular role to play. The executive department has mail (and note that is THE most important task to complete) to get ashore, and to recieve, lines to single up, anchors to place at immediate readiness, ships boats to secure, decks to secure, lights to check...................the list is long.
The gangway will remain until 15 minutes before sail, woe to any sailor left on the wharf when that is removed........

Gunnery will man Zuihos guns, already in this war the 25 mm, so useless in its air role, has proven more than adequate for a Submarine, her 5.4 inch guns too will be loaded and ready.
Final stores are coming aboard, and what a mix they are, from toilet paper, to stacks of forms, from boiler spares to gun spares, right now 6 men are struggling up the gangway with a replacement rice cooker for the galley.

Shore water is already disconnected, the stern of Zuiho has boiled briefly -main engine tests complete.
Four boilers connected again, shafts turning again slowly under steam.
That little miracle -ready to sail in all respects, has been achieved yet again.

Zuiho will sail at midnight exactly, an evil time.
At quarter to the hour, the gangway rattles ashore, and the alarm bells ring. 'hands to action stations, assume damage control state one, set condition zulu"
The next journey begins.


Takeji, assumes command. The anchorage is crowded, a great many ships will sail tonight. Zuiho must wait her turn.
For nearly an hour they wait, 800 plus men, sweating below or at their stations doing what sailors have done forever , waiting.
Yamato out in the roads, is having anchor cable troubles, the massive chain is not sliding down its tube into the cable locker neatly, instead it is bunching up, threatening to jam.
With links nearly a foot long, this is no little problem............

When the word comes at last, Zuiho will burst into action.
Sharp, quick orders, ropes splashing into the water, the telegraphs ring, the propellers churn.
Takeji can drive, getting away will not be an issue today.

Getting away, into the channel, may be...........the buka's have been hammered yes, but out there they remain.

At 3 am, the expected orders............"full ahead all"

Combined fleet shakes itself into shape, enters the straights, and begins the race North
Zuiho is one of the leading ships......................


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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/24/2013 9:55:09 AM   
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Minobe is descending the ladder from the bridge, headed towards damage control central.
Two men are coming up through the little manhole hatch that forms part of the larger hatch. He waits patiently as they clamber out, then begins the labourious process of squeezing his body down the hatch, locating the ladder below with his feet.

A shadow, barely registered, above him.

The shattering blow...........as the wrench slams him into darkness.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/24/2013 10:01:21 AM   
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This is feeling very dramatic and full of dread, again. Lets hope the Zuiho again shines in the face of superior odds!

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/24/2013 10:03:00 AM   
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"The enemy fleet?"

"has retired from babar sir......undoubtably the 1st and 2nd marines have been withdrawn.......'

herbiesan breaks into a smile.
This can only be good news. If the marines have only been with drawn now, how long before they can be used offensively again, rebuilt after starving on babar?

Good news indeed.

he stares at the map, at his empire, still so large, boundries still so far from Japan,.

These allies are still so slow in coming...........

There is a pretty little thing waiting fearfully for him down in his quarters..........
"I am not to be disturbed for tonight staff officer...........no matter what you hear, understand?'
'Sir!'

A full night, and nothing to disturb him.......especially from the allies it would seem.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/24/2013 11:00:51 AM   
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An interlude:


Zuiho, the little ship.
Its been two years since we last toured her, time, I think, for a recap.
Flightdeck, two elevators, fore and aft, ugly gun bays hanging on for grim life along its length. A ridicoulous little box, flight control tower some call it perched on its starboard flank.

Next deck down. Bridge, still that hidden dark cave, overlooking the long focastle. behind it, captains cabin, the comms centre, fwd damage locker, and the fwd emergency diesel.
The hanger deck, stretching down her length, the ready room on the starboard side, a hundred wierd shapes along the flanks, vent rooms, fan rooms, overhead gantry cranes, scattered about the trollies, fuel hoses, spares, especially the propellers.

Aft of the hanger, the chippies workshop, the aft emergency diesel, both looking out onto the quarterdeck.

The next deck down, starting forward. The bosuns store and cells, gunroom, wardroom, seniors messdecks, the ships officers.
Then the lower hanger deck, aft of this, the aviation machine shop, the stokers mess, the executives mess, the gunnery mess. And right aft, the steering machinery room

Now we descend deeper, stores, the sickbay, the galley, and the fwd boiler room.
Aft boiler room, and a break, damage control central, the lab, the switchboard rooms, then the port and stbd engine rooms. Auxiliary machinery room, a pump room, and steering

And finally, the last "deck', fuel, feed, potable water tanks, the avgas tanks, more fuel tanks, and the bilge areas of the main machinery.
Essentally just five decks, 10 main watertight baulkheads.
800 plus men, and barely a spare inch of space

A jury rig design, but one that has worked. She flies her planes, she has killed. Now she steams at full speed again, seeking the dawn, still seeking glory, still doing her duty.
The little ship that could
The little ship that still can

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/24/2013 11:17:56 AM   
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I can 'somewhat' feel your pain when it comes to dealing with Allied subs. I'm a couple of months behind you and if I go a turn without a ship getting torpedoed, I'm happy. I have not had anywhere near the number of hits on warships as you have, but my merchant fleet is dying from 1000 paper cuts. I know I'll be doing some testing on this before I start another game as Japan.

You recount the war from the hot and almost unbearable heat of the engine and boiler rooms. I spend my time afloat in the very cool radio room as an Electronics Technician.

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RE: The little ship that could. - 4/26/2013 8:59:24 AM   
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NY59 giants!

And undoubtably drinking coffee , wearing jumpers becuase the airconditioning was too cold, poor sods.....

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