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What are those stumpy torpedo things on the side of many ships

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Hey guys, sorry if its been asked before, but what are those (see photo). It looks like a some kind of sonar that could be dragged behind a ship, but that wouldn't make sense on a battleship.

 

Anyone know?

 

 

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That is a paravane.  One was towed off each side of the bow, off the bow, to sweep mines.  They would hook the mine cable and pull it to the surface as the ship was moving forward,  where they were disposed off, usually shot by small arms or 20 mills.  Essentially every ship could be a mine sweeper.  It would not protect a ship from nosing right into a mine.

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Those are called paravanes, and they are towed via a steel cable in order to sweep mines.

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21 hours ago, KingCakeBaby said:

They were towed behind or to the sides of the ship and used to clear mines.

Have also seen them towed off the Bow of ships as well.

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16 minutes ago, Admiral_Thrawn_1 said:

Have also seen them towed off the Bow of ships as well.

yeah, many of the 'standard'-class US BBs had an attachment point just under the bow of the ship. Pretty sure the Iowas had an attachment point there as well.

in fact, I believe you can see the attachment point just above the people on the lower part of the bow in this picture.

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