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At the back of the French cruiser, Algerie? I'm thinking they may either have something to do with minesweeping or hydroacoustics. Or do they serve some other purpose like speed or depth determination? They are painted somewhat like the discs we used in fisheries to assess the clarity of water.

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I am an expert in early 20th century ship construction and I can tell you with confidence that is the dangly ball thing.  

 

Also check out those park benches.  What's up with those?  Looks like something you'd install to make your Sims a bit happier.

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1 minute ago, Colonel_Lonewolf said:

Surrender flares, bells and whistles. 

with the quick release mechanism.

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I think they're for easier location if something/someone goes overboard.  Also for floatation.  Forget what they're called.  They can be dropped from the bridge, like a quick-release lifebuoy.  That much easier to find the location after turning around, especially in crappyconditions.

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I'm not sure, so I'll page @dseehafer as he knows more about ships than I do.

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I think I remember someone asking this before but I don't remember the answer lol.

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Car dice but they got the shape wrong? In all seriousness though I am also curious about their function.

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They're for marking positions of lost objects or people as Kuckoo says.

These days a 'dan buoy' with a flag pole to make it more visible is pretty commonplace to have on ships.

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Don't have a pic, but can anyone shed any light on why there's a narrow raised area that runs the width of FdG, between the X and Y turrets?

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Was it captained by Cheech or Chong?

lowrider fuzzy dice they look like or Pokeballs for players that have to collect em all!!!

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2 hours ago, Brhinosaurus said:

I am an expert in early 20th century ship construction and I can tell you with confidence that is the dangly ball thing.  

 

Also check out those park benches.  What's up with those?  Looks like something you'd install to make your Sims a bit happier.

I figure the benches are peace time and would be stowed when at war.

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7 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

I figure the benches are peace time and would be stowed when at war.

If not, having them break loose upon a concussion would be lots of fun for anyone having to navigate the deck. 

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Just now, BullpupWOT said:

If not, having them break lose upon a concussion would be lots of fun for anyone having to navigate the deck. 

Very true and not to mention the additional shrapnel for anyone on deck to deal with.

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3 hours ago, RipNuN2 said:

I think I remember someone asking this before but I don't remember the answer lol.

I recall the thread.  There was no definitive answer, but the most believable one is a flotation/hi-vis device.

 

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3 hours ago, Skpstr said:

Don't have a pic, but can anyone shed any light on why there's a narrow raised area that runs the width of FdG, between the X and Y turrets?

aircraft catapult

GK also has one.

And before you ask, It slides and extends out over the side for the launching of aircraft as there is not enough room for a cross deck launch due to wing span.

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5 minutes ago, Lord_Slayer said:

aircraft catapult

GK also has one.

And before you ask, It slides and extends out over the side for the launching of aircraft as there is not enough room for a cross deck launch due to wing span.

Cool, thanx.

I'm gussing the idea is to crane the plane onto the catapult after extension?

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5 hours ago, Skpstr said:

Cool, thanx.

I'm gussing the idea is to crane the plane onto the catapult after extension?

 The main cranes are centrally located and likely for the boats. There appears to be a small collapsible crane to one side, but looking at the ramp, the spotter plane, likely a Arado 196, might have been manhandled onto the catapult.

Also note there appears to be no hanger, so the aircraft might have been stored on the catapult. As the Arado had folding wings, it would have been easy to slide one out of the way to maneuver the other into launch position. 

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 for fishing when sitting idle in port. Even have the benches there to sit and wait for the catch of the day!

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