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Identification Longshot and Talking Point 871


Brumas

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Good Evening All.

I’ll finish off with a GENUINE UNIDENTIFIED POSTCARD but which is really a TALKING POINT as I don’t think the ship could possibly be identified.

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caccy

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HMS Warrior? Portsmouth before refurbishment?

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bumpkin

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I would imagine that there are 3 wheels as it needs up to 3 people to operate it so it must be doing something fairly hefty. A mast has been mentioned which could well require a lot of effort to raise it. The lighting in the photo I suspect was flash as there seems to be no shadows as one would expect from natural light.

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WhiteTruckMan

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I don't think the flash of the day (burning magnesium powder?) would illuminate the scene as comprehensibly as this seems to be, without any sharp shadows. But thats just my opinion. Someone with more knowledge in that field would be able to say better than I. Although I have no doubt it could be done nowadays.

WTM

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Woolwell

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If it was a warship then we are probably looking at the emergency steering position. To turn the rudder(s) without power would require far more than 3 men per wheel. There are reports of dozens of men being required on one ship but it wouldn't be any thing like that number on this ship.

The amount of light is interesting but I think that above the ladder there is a large hatch open to strong daylight.

The mast is fixed.

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Woolwell

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caccy - It is not Warrior and she was restored in Hartlepool.

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Woolwell

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I wonder if the Royal Navy Museum would be able to help?

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Aitchbee

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That thick rope [in the foreground] is reminiscent of the school gymnasium climbing rope I once climbed [reluctantly] at primary.

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WhiteTruckMan

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Would a warship have emergency steering gear in such an exposed position where it might be vulnerable to blast etc from enemy shellfire? I'm asking because apart from the possible uniform of the man in the background I see no other evidence to support a claim that it's a warship.

WTM

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Jock1e

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I thought the man in the background had a Japanese Look about him but then my eyesight is not that good.

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Nontek

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I too thought the man in the pic looked Japanese!

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