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Is it sonar?

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It's a Paravane, used for clearing mines by cutting the cable so it floats to the surface

 

^Correct.

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I am assuming the paravane is towed astern of the ship. Does that mean that the towing ship is exposed to mine strikes, at the bow, as it plows the waves?

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Yes indeed. Minesweeping is not for the faint of heart...

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Yes, these are paravanes and for exactly the purposes everyone has pointed out.  

 

While this may be the case, they do look quite a lot like modern variable depth sonar towed bodies.  They only look related because they are operated similarly in the same environment.

 

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They can also be "flown" out to she side of a ship like a fishing "outrigger"

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