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Today, 1:00am

Author: BruceDuncan

Something for the Summer Doldrums

The description of the source page for this drawing calls it a ‘battello posareti e posamine’- “a boat for harbor use, used to implement protective barriers, presumably in the naval base of Taranto” [thanks Google]. I would consider this some sort of harbor netlayer or boom tender – almost a barge. No details on the actual dimensions other that is overall length – 34 meters. For harbor use it would not need a lot of speed.

Yesterday, 7:36pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

Manila, The Admiral Hotel, Sunday, 7 March 1948 Guy Maunsell had arrived back in the capital from his survey mission the previous evening, and after a night of fitful rest had begun to put to paper the concepts he had formed in his mind over the previous weeks. He worked surrounded by construction reference books, hydrographic charts, several note-and-sketch books, slide rules and mechanical calculators. Ideas took rough shape on paper, then were fleshed out with line after line of calculations,...

Thursday, June 22nd 2017, 6:32pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Something for the Summer Doldrums

It’s summer, and things are somewhat slow. I went cruising on Shipbucket and found one of the members there had posted a link to Associazione Navimodellisti Bolognesi – an Italian web site that apparently has detailed plans of various ships available for purchase. They have half-way decent profile drawings, and I snagged a few to clean up and share. From what I can decipher of the description of this particular vessel, it is supposed to be a small auxiliary tender, constructed on an incomplete ...

Thursday, June 22nd 2017, 2:51am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Manama, Bahrain, Thursday, 4 March 1948 For archaeologists Hans Bessig and Rolf Hachmann there were but a few things left to do before winding up their program of excavation for the season; assuring that their equipment was placed in storage under the watchful eye of Alexander Klaws, the Hansa Line representative; paying off the last of their local workers; securing the samples of pottery and other artefacts for future study; giving thought to writing up the results of their initial investigatio...

Monday, June 19th 2017, 7:07pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Peruvian News and Events, March 1948

La Industria (Trujillo), 4 March 1948 Seen approaching Martínez de Pinillos airport here, this Douglas DC-3 twin engine transport is on its delivery ferry flight from the United States to Lima, were it will become the latest acquisition of AeroPeru. The reviving economy and growth of tourism has led to a substantial fleet expansion by the national carrier, including acquisition of domestically-produced aircraft for local services. Regional and international services still require aircraft of for...

Sunday, June 18th 2017, 11:19pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Yugoslav News and Events, March 1948

Novosti News Service, Belgrade, Monday, 1 March 1948 The Belgian trade delegation arrived to day to begin talks with government and industry leaders to discuss expanding bilateral trade links between Belgium and Yugoslavia, as well as potential Belgian investment in the national economy. In addition to several officials of the Belgian government the delegation includes representatives of the Société Générale de Belgique, the Société anonyme John Cockerill, and the Forges de Zeebrugge; industry i...

Sunday, June 18th 2017, 12:47am

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, March 1948

The Mindanao Post, Wednesday, 3 March 1948 The anti-submarine gunboats Descubierta and Atrevida are due to be launched today at the Butuan shipyards; these ships are specifically designed to deal with the threat to merchant shipping posed by China’s expanding fleet of submarines. Construction of additional vessels of this type are projected under the present naval program.

Friday, June 16th 2017, 10:01pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, March, 1948

Frigate Gefion, Djibouti, Monday, 1 March 1948 It was late afternoon when the Gefion and her consorts arrived off the French port of Djibouti in the Horn of Africa. Signals were exchanged with the French authorities and the German flotilla slowly steamed to its assigned anchorage in the roadstead. Von Haugwitz and his officers prepared for the obligatory round of calls while the crews wondered how long they might remain in what they had already named “Hell’s Sandbox”. It was still officially win...

Thursday, June 15th 2017, 1:05pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Ships for World Tsar Michael version 7

Nice! Very stylish - reminds me of the real-world Dornier 19, though the empennage is different and the nose more Junker-ish.

Thursday, June 15th 2017, 2:12am

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Destroyer Pylkiy, 54 dgs 23 min North, 13 dgs 33 min East, Sunday, 29 February 1948 The ships of the 13th Destroyer Flotilla were not alone, nor even operating with a small number of their German counterparts; today they were exercising as part of a large carrier task force, at the centre of which were the new German aircraft carriers Tegetthoff and Zieten; ringing these vessels were the air defence cruisers Lissa and Saida, and the frigates Stockach, Gallingen, Chemnitz, and Mohlsdorf, as well ...

Monday, June 12th 2017, 1:37am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Frigate Gefion, 13 dgs 40 min North, 52 dgs 12 min East, Saturday, 28 February 1948 Kapitän zur See Heinrich Graf von Haugwitz, commanding the small German flotilla operating in the Arabian Sea, received the directive from the Admiralstab that freed his ships from their lonely vigil with some relief. Thankfully the crises in Iraq and in Yemen had resolved themselves without the need for any outside intervention. The Gefion and the Hela were free to begin their return voyage to Indochina. But the...

Friday, June 9th 2017, 8:12pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Quoted from "Brockpaine" If the Germans are interested, those frigates could drop into Djibouti for a port visit before heading back east or west. :thumbsup:

Friday, June 9th 2017, 7:34pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Berlin, The Foreign Ministry, Wednesday, 25 February 1948 The door to Thomas Dehler’s office closed behind the British ambassador, and Dehler allowed himself a small sigh of relief. The ambassador had conveyed His Majesty’s Government’s assurances that the recent unrest in Baghdad had been settled without further bloodshed and that it was unlikely that matters there would get out of hand. Further, the ambassador assured that should such an unforeseen event come to pass that sufficient British fo...

Thursday, June 8th 2017, 2:55am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Brussels, The German Embassy, Sunday, 22 February 1948 For Franz Blucher the stories in the Belgian press raised his blood pressure. Rusticated to an ambassadorship in Brussels because he championed German economic expansion in the East he now saw the Belgians adopting the very policies he had long advocated for Germany. And he knew that for the Belgians, as for Germany – before that damned prince took charge of things – those policies would pay great benefits. Belgian laws, he knew, made it eas...

Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 7:35pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Belgian News 1948

Quoted from "Hood" They'll be on the next sleeper express to Belgrade! I trust that they will not be on the one that Monsieur Poirot and his friend Hastings are travelling on. ;)

Wednesday, June 7th 2017, 5:57pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Belgian News 1948

Speaking OOC, Belgium is quite welcome to send a trade delegation to Belgrade for discussions.

Tuesday, June 6th 2017, 1:23am

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Gschnitz, Bezirk Innsbruck Land, Thursday, 19 February 1948 The village postman entered the half-open door of the Gasthof Alpenrose and called out a cheery “Good Morning!” – which, to his surprise, was unanswered. He heard a low moaning coming from behind the counter, and as he went to look, found the proprietor, Herr Kunze, slumped on the floor covered in blood. The postman was duly thankful when he saw that Kunze still breathed – he stepped back to the door and sounded his post-horn to summon ...

Thursday, June 1st 2017, 2:11pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Philippine News and Events, 1948

The Manila Times, Sunday, 29 February 1948 The destroyers Buntay and Belugasan have completed their operational training and have reported for duty with the Northern Fleet.

Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 9:58pm

Author: BruceDuncan

Unternehmen Wachsame Entschlossenheit

Artillery School Ship Bremse, København, Monday, 16 February 1948 The Bremse was moored in the lee of the old Trekronor sea fortress, with other visiting vessels ahead and astern. Copenhagen had seen the Bremse on many occasions, as the Danish capital was a frequent stop on her peregrinations of the Baltic. Given the expansion of the Kriegsmarine there were always new sailors, and new officers, to be trained, despite the rigors of the winter’s weather. She had arrived the previous Friday and wou...

Tuesday, May 30th 2017, 6:40pm

Author: BruceDuncan

German News and Events, 1948

Dithmarscher Landeszeitung, Monday, 16 February 1948 The inspection ship Goldener Löwe arrived at her home port of Emden today, having completed a cruise to the South Atlantic, where she engaged in tests to investigate the composition of the upper atmosphere. The tests have been pronounced a success by the Reichsstelle für Weltraumforschung. London, The German Embassy, Tuesday, 17 February 1948 Schellenburg read the item in The Times with interest; the monarchist government in Iraq seemed to be ...