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What is the fin shaped object on Battleships?

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On the Arizona, Kaiser and Bayern (haven't checked others) I see what appears to be a fin shaped object toward the front of the ship.  It looks like it would go in the water given the size of the fins.  On the Arizona it's attached to the barbette of B turret on the main deck. On the Arizona there is one on the starboard side and 2 on the port side.  On the Bayern it's mounted on the wall aft of the forward most 105 mount (both port and starboard).  What is it?


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Those are minesweepers. Those fins have blades so that when you drag them behind you the cable which connects the minesweeper to the ship moves the cable of the mine towards the blade where it gets cut. The mine then surfaces and is open for MG-fire.


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I think they call it a Panavane, but I don't know what it's for.

 

That is Paravane, and it is for minesweeping.:honoring:

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That is Paravane, and it is for minesweeping.

 

As an emergency procedure for a BB because you find your squadron has sailed into a minefield. Hard to imagine they would knowingly send a BB into a mined area to sweep it. Minesweeping is best done with small, maneuverable,  EXPENDABLE ships.

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Thx for the answers; it's amazing the detail WOW put into the rendering of these ships!


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As an emergency procedure for a BB because you find your squadron has sailed into a minefield. Hard to imagine they would knowingly send a BB into a mined area to sweep it. Minesweeping is best done with small, maneuverable,  EXPENDABLE ships.

 

EXPENDABLE also meant, wooden.  Didn't want a magnetic mine ruining their day of mine sweeping.  :ohmy:

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My cousin (long since passed) actually served on a wooden minesweeper in WW II.  He was in the Pacific.  I asked him once if he every worried about a kamikaze attack.  He said something like, "our ship was so small and worthless it would have been a waste of a plane."


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As an emergency procedure for a BB because you find your squadron has sailed into a minefield. Hard to imagine they would knowingly send a BB into a mined area to sweep it. Minesweeping is best done with small, maneuverable,  EXPENDABLE ships.

 

And often built with a nonmagnetic, fiberglass reinforced, wooden hull. 

 

Many USN's mine sweepers were built in Sturgeon Bay and Marinette, WI. The Avenger class sweepers were built in the now defunct Peterson shipyard in Sturgeon Bay is where my folks currently moor their Grand Banks cruising trawler in the summer.  That's how I happen to know this.


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