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Well, the title pretty much says it. So, I’ll go first.

My favorite ship in history is the USS Lexington CV-2. A vessel that lent valuable lessons that have shaped the way naval warfare is fought today by the United States Navy. Large, fast, and elegant for an aircraft carrier, this ship was the image of naval aviation for the USN from 1928-1942. If Pensacola, Florida is the “Cradle of Naval Aviation”, then the Lexington would have as well as been the flagship of naval aviation. Together, with her sister, the Saratoga, the Lady Lex showed not only the USN, but also foreign observers the value and possibilities of naval aircraft in a world where battleships were the main stay of any armada. It’s a shame we don’t really have CV-2 in the game, but CV-3 is still a good ship.

 

Also, a little off of it, I love the original designs of the Lexington-class battlecruisers, CC-1 to CC-6. I would love to see this variation in the game. I sort of bought the Hood as a place holder, of course that ship has a history all of its own and tragic one at that. But, still, the Lexington CCs would be a beautiful addition to the game. 

 

But, enough about me, what are your ships?

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Mine is more of a boat. The Birch Bark and Dug Out canoe. The boats that discovered America.

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Tirpitz and the Missouri.  2 very majestic and powerful  looking battle wagons. 

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Mine is the HMS Beagle. Aboard it, Darwin made the observations and collected the specimens that led him (with Wallace) to postulate the unifying theory of biology -- evolution by natural selection.

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4 minutes ago, CLUCH_CARGO said:

Noah's Ark

That’s a great one!

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12 minutes ago, CLUCH_CARGO said:

Noah's Ark

So... a paper ship then? :cap_popcorn:

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Not a particular ship but the frigates that Joshua Humphreys designed for the fledgling US Navy. The Constitution, President, and United States of 44 guns, Congress, and Constellation of 38 guns, and Chesapeake also of 38 guns.

 

The 44's

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USS Houston (CA-30), the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast".  Fought magnificently against hopeless odds, never to see home again.

 

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2 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

Not a particular ship but the frigates that Joshua Humphreys designed for the fledgling US Navy. The Constitution, President, and United States of 44 guns, Congress, and Constellation of 38 guns, and Chesapeake also of 38 guns.

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So true. These few ships practically put the USN on the map as a small but incredibly enduring and determined fighting force in the eyes of the Royal Navy during the War of 1812.

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USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).  Her 3 victories over the British in the War of 1812 were an immerse source of pride for a nation still in it's infancy. May be hard to understand today but that was a different era. Intensely patriotic.  The war probably should never have been fought and her victories meant little, but she is still an inspiration and quite moving to visit in Boston where she still resides. She fought and never hugged the back line!

Seaworthy, still in commission, and ready to get it on...if needed!! 

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1 minute ago, TF77 said:

USS Houston (CA-30), the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast".  Fought magnificently against hopeless odds, never to see home again.

 

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I too also am fascinated by this ship. Hm, being an old player of Battlestations, the Northampton-class heavy cruiser hold a spot in my heart. Of course, pissing off IJN players in BSP with hoards of Northampton’s was always so fun. Wish WG had the NH-class from the start.

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5 minutes ago, BrushWolf said:

Not a particular ship but the frigates that Joshua Humphreys designed for the fledgling US Navy. The Constitution, President, and United States of 44 guns, Congress, and Constellation of 38 guns, and Chesapeake also of 38 guns.

 

The 44's

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Great ships and innovative designs. +1! 

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2 minutes ago, dmckay said:

USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).  Her 3 victories over the British in the War of 1812 were an immerse source of pride for a nation still in it's infancy. May be hard to understand today but that was a different era. Intensely patriotic.  The war probably should never have been fought and her victories meant little, but she is still an inspiration and quite moving to visit in Boston where she still resides. She fought and never hugged the back line!

Seaworthy, still in commission, and ready to get it on...if needed!! 

Lol. I would love to go aboard her one day. Love them old mast and canvas ships.

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9 minutes ago, CrimsonAlucard said:

Lol. I would love to go aboard her one day. Love them old mast and canvas ships.

GO!  She is beautiful. They took her to the open sea after her restoration in the 1990's. I damn near cried watching that. Those 44 gun frigates (they usually carried 50) were state of the art for their day. Potent. OP

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USN North Carolina.  No reason bound in history, she's just named after my state and I've stood on her decks before.  Exploring her as a teenager was an amazing experience for me.

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2 minutes ago, CrimsonAlucard said:

Lol. I would love to go aboard her one day. Love them old mast and canvas ships.

When the United States met the Macedonian the Macedonian had US prisoners on board and they told the British that they didn't want to fight her. Surviving members of the Macedonian remarked that their shots were bouncing off while the United States shots were not only coming through the hull they were exiting out the other side

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GO!  She is beautiful. They took her to sea after her restoration in the 1990's. I damn near cried watching that. Those 44 gun frigates were state of the art for their day. Potent. OP

The sailing ships have something that no later self propelled ships had, a soul. The Humphreys  designs took naval design to the limit and then kept going. There were few ships of any rate that could take them on one vs one with a reasonable chance of success. They took the stronger than anything that can catch them and faster than anything that can beat them to new levels.

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9 minutes ago, dmckay said:

GO!  She is beautiful. They took her to sea after her restoration in the 1990's. I damn near cried watching that. Those 44 gun frigates were state of the art for their day. Potent. OP

Yes, and they definitely showed the difference in the USN’s approach to naval warfare when compared to the Royal Navy’s at the time. Those frigates were meant to maximize the strengths of the United States’s in ship building and resources in a lot of lumber, but fewer men to crew them. The Royal Navy built large ships of war as the mainstay of their fleets that could project the power of the British Empire wherever they dropped anchor. These vessels were meant to compete in mass naval engagements with the support of various other vessels and had a large amount of man power. The USN had a few smaller ships with less manpower capable taking a beating, dishing it out, and run if they needed. They were also meant to operate with each other in smaller more mobile groups. These were useful in hit and run tactics.

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6 minutes ago, CrimsonAlucard said:

Yes, and they definitely showed the difference in the USN’s approach to naval warfare when compared to the Royal Navy’s at the time. Those frigates were meant to maximize the strengths of the United States’s in ship building and resources in a lot of lumber, but fewer men to crew them. The Royal Navy built large ships of war as the mainstay of their fleets that could project the power of the British Empire wherever they dropped anchor. These vessels were meant to compete in mass naval engagements with the support of various other vessels and had a large amount of man power. The USN had a few smaller ships with less manpower capable taking a beating, dishing it out, and run if they needed. They were also meant to operate with each other in smaller more mobile groups. These were useful in hot and run tactics.

Two of those big fast 44 gun frigates working in tandem might, might I say, have been able to defeat a British ship of the line. Maybe. Kinda a fun "what if".

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Um, yeah, I’d have to say USS North Carolina, because reasons.  First battleship I ever visited, had the motorized model, all that.

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1 minute ago, dmckay said:

Two of those big fast 44 gun frigates working in tandem might, might I say, have been able to defeat a British ship of the line. Maybe. Kinda a fun "what if".

Hm, possible July 4th event? Lol!

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Swayback Maru, USS Salt Lake City.  One of the worst cruiser designs in history, yet always rose to the challenge.

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2 minutes ago, CrimsonAlucard said:

Hm, possible July 4th event? Lol!

Heh.  Ok but it's all forgotten.  Mostly. We supposed to be good buddies now. Kinda. However things were still kinda touchy between we and the Brits until after the Civil War. 

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2 minutes ago, crzyhawk said:

Swayback Maru, USS Salt Lake City.  One of the worst cruiser designs in history, yet always rose to the challenge.

Hm, yes, but it did lead to bigger and better things. The Northamptons, the Portlands, New Orleans, Wichita, Baltimores, Oregon Citys, Des Moines, and in the long run, the two Alaska-class large cruisers. 

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