Trying to Identify a Ship

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Trying to Identify a Ship

Postby Greg Smith » Mon May 28, 2018 5:51 pm

I'm trying to identify a ship:

It is light cruiser size. I think it is British. It is bigger than a C-class and smaller than a Town class. It has two funnels and three turrets with twin guns - A,B & X. It has what look like 4 twin turrets with smaller guns or AA guns behind the X turret.

Can anyone help please?

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Re: Trying to Identify a Ship

Postby Brass » Wed May 30, 2018 3:21 am

Arethusa-class? The layout of the three dual main battery turrets and the four single AA guns is right, although the stern looks a bit short, but that's as far as my antique eyes get me.
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Re: Trying to Identify a Ship

Postby Greg Smith » Wed May 30, 2018 6:31 am

I am starting to think it is the post-refit Achilles. It lost its X turret to a bomb attack.

I can't find any pictures on the net to confirm this though.
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Re: Trying to Identify a Ship

Postby AdrianH » Wed May 30, 2018 8:18 am

HMNZS Achilles can certainly be ruled out as she had only one funnel, even after her refit.

The big gap between the forward superstructure and forward funnel threw me for a while, but if you put a big mast there then it could indeed be HMS Arethusa or another ship of the class. Allowing for the fact that this isn't exactly an accurate model, it's the best fit I can find, and the secondary armament is in the right place, especially after the ships were refitted to carry dual 4" guns instead of single.
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Re: Trying to Identify a Ship

Postby Greg Smith » Wed May 30, 2018 8:11 pm

Looking at the Arethusa class, I think I agree. I'm now fairly certain it is the HMS Aurora, as it has no aircraft.
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