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Anyone done a post on all the little boats that capital ships carry?

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Just curious if there is some information on it. A lot of capital ships have an entire yacht club mounted to their deck. Wondering the type and function of all those boats, some of which appear to be rather large (40+ feet long by appearance).

Just by way of example, the little Königsberg (just a light cruiser) has according Wiki:

"The ships carried a number of smaller vessels, including two picket boats, two barges, two launches, one cutter, and one dinghy."

Just looking at the in-game model, I see six total boats on the b hull.

I assume the open ones are the dinghies, what's a cutter in this context (sailing boat with mast further back than sloop in sailboat terms)

Some of the older bbs had an even greater array of little boats.

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The Italian don't just have boats on the deck they have Automobiles on the deck of the Roma. 

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Ship's used to carry an insane number of smaller craft. Ship's would frequently go places they couldn't tie up to a pier for whatever reason.

Various open longboats for moving crew and supplies to and from shore.

Launches for moving officers to and from shore, including captain's and admirals launches.

Captain's and Admiral's Yachts, in case you didn't think the launches were enough.

Various other Patrol boats and smaller craft for security, assisting in line handling, painting, ect....

Life rafts, lifeboats and floats for saving the crew when the ship sinks.

 

It's also not unheard of for large ship's to carry a few cars, trucks,and motorcycles to move supplies, men and for messengers in places that securing transportation ashore is difficult or impossible.

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There are a number types aboard older ships.  These include:

Lifeboat or whale boat.  Both have double prow (that is they're pointy on both ends).  They're not overly long compared to their beam.  These are sometimes used as work boats too if not dedicated to being lifeboats.  You can tell the difference as lifeboats are in davits and can be immediately put over the side rather than sit in chocks and require a crane to move them.

Pinnacle:  A small covered motor launch.  This would be used by officers to go ashore, and for things like official business  or courier duties.

Dory:  A small work boat with a transom stern.  A small work boat for things like painting the ship's hull.

Launch or long boat:  A large version of the lifeboat.  Usually intended for moving the crew to shore or to the ship.  Sometimes referred to as "Liberty boats."

Barge:  Similar to a long boat but wider in beam, usually with a transom stern.  Intended as a work boat around the ship and to do things like haul supplies to the ship.  The US Navy sometimes calls them "crash boats."  They can also be used to put the ship's Marines and landing parties ashore hauling their heavy weapons and landing guns.

Steam launch.  A steam powered version of the launch.  Usually covered.  These might be used as liberty boats but more often one is the Captain's gig or Admiral's barge and fitted out more nicely for that purpose.

Hope that's helpful.

 

 

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1 hour ago, RedSeaBear said:

The Italian don't just have boats on the deck they have Automobiles on the deck of the Roma. 

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In this picture the boats visible are:  A steam launch (at the top right), a barge (left foreground), and a long boat or launch (center bottom).

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On 02/05/2018 at 11:34 PM, Murotsu said:

There are a number types aboard older ships.  These include:

Lifeboat or whale boat.  Both have double prow (that is they're pointy on both ends).  They're not overly long compared to their beam.  These are sometimes used as work boats too if not dedicated to being lifeboats.  You can tell the difference as lifeboats are in davits and can be immediately put over the side rather than sit in chocks and require a crane to move them.

Pinnacle:  A small covered motor launch.  This would be used by officers to go ashore, and for things like official business  or courier duties.

Dory:  A small work boat with a transom stern.  A small work boat for things like painting the ship's hull.

Launch or long boat:  A large version of the lifeboat.  Usually intended for moving the crew to shore or to the ship.  Sometimes referred to as "Liberty boats."

Barge:  Similar to a long boat but wider in beam, usually with a transom stern.  Intended as a work boat around the ship and to do things like haul supplies to the ship.  The US Navy sometimes calls them "crash boats."  They can also be used to put the ship's Marines and landing parties ashore hauling their heavy weapons and landing guns.

Steam launch.  A steam powered version of the launch.  Usually covered.  These might be used as liberty boats but more often one is the Captain's gig or Admiral's barge and fitted out more nicely for that purpose.

Hope that's helpful.

 

 

Thanks for the information @Murotsu, didn't know that! 

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