History RealLife / CoolBoat

23rd Jan '16 3:02:42 PM Herbieriffer
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*Speaking of the RMS Olympic, she was a badass LongRunner in her own right too. Launched in 1910 with her maiden voyage in 1911, the Titanic's elder sister seemed to have all the luck in the world compared to the RMS Titanic and Britannic. While not built for speed compared to the Cunard Line's Lusitania and Mauretania, the Olympic and Titanic oozed luxury from every rivet and every plate. The Olympic also had the mishap of smacking her stern into the HMS Hawke, but proved to the world that her revolutionary watertight compartments could hold her from sinking. It got better for the Olympic going into WorldWarI, serving as a dazzle-painted troop transport that not only was able to rescue the sunken crew from the mine-struck HMS Audacious but [[CrazyAwesome RAM A GODDAMN U-BOAT]] in her war service! It's no wonder the elder White Star Sister came to be known as "Old Reliable" and lasted in regular service until 1935, when Cunard and White Star were forced to merge.
12th Jan '16 9:10:38 AM onyhow
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the heavy cruiser ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where her Type 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its her salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the heavy cruiser ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where her Type 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
12th Jan '16 9:09:29 AM onyhow
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where her Type 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the heavy cruiser ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where her Type 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
12th Jan '16 9:07:44 AM onyhow
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where the Type 91 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where the her Type 91 1 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
12th Jan '16 9:05:21 AM onyhow
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** [[http://www.amazon.com/The-World-Wonderd-Really-Happened-ebook/dp/B00KN1I09O Some]] had argued that the ''Yamato'' actually had the crown of the longest range gunnery hit, or at least damaging shot, to another moving target, with its salvo damaging the escort carrier ''White Plains'' (the very same same that would eventually defeat the ''Choukai'' in gun duel) from ''31 kilometers away''. While technically it's not a direct hit, the shell end up causing damage by detonating under the ''White Plains''' keel, which means that it's one of the few times where the Type 91 shell, which were designed for diving shot (and thus has less than stellar performance on direct hit), works ''perfectly''.
7th Jan '16 1:05:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''Yamato-class'' Battleships. The largest ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' turned the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.
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* ''Yamato-class'' Battleships. The largest ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' ''Anime/UchuuSenkanYamato'' turned the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.
27th Dec '15 8:57:36 AM AFP
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* The American Standard-type Battleships were as close to BoringButPractical as dreadnoughts could ever hope to get. Realizing that trying to keep each new design on the cutting edge would leave the US Navy with a large fleet of expensive ships that in fleet operations would still be limited to the slowest or least maneuverable ship, they instead set a common set of performance requirements for multiple ship classes to be designed around. Each Standard battleship would feature All-or-Nothing Armor, four main turrets with three-gun arrangements, an unrefueled range of 8,000 nautical miles[[note]]which would not coincidentally allow the ships to cruise from San Diego, California to Manila Bay in the Philippine Islands[[/note]], a top speed of 21 knots, and a tactical turning radius of 700 yards. By requiring all ships to fit these common requirements, they guaranteed that they could operate in fleets together without having to factor in which ships were slower or took wider turns or needed more refueling. Each progressive design (the Standard battleships included five separate battleship classes) instead included improvements in other areas such as more powerful guns.
24th Dec '15 9:04:20 AM Herbieriffer
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!Why can't we give the Famous Ocean Liners any respect? * The RMS Aquitania. One of two ocean liners to make the White Star Line squirm, she is the only four-stacker ocean liner from the early 1910s to survive two World Wars and a Great Depression where others like her (including the venerable RMS Olympic) would have been scrapped for money. But for some reason, she continued to serve right up to 1950 when she was already hemorrhaging money and suffering through extended wear and lack of maintenance. Even though she was scrapped, nevertheless she became one of the legendary Cunard Liners before the Queens and until the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2's launch, held the title for the longest service career of any 20th century ocean liner. It's no wonder she earned the rightful nickname of [[http://www.markchirnside.co.uk/Images/Pics/rms_aquitania_1930s-ClydeGeorge.jpg "The Ship Beautiful"]].
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!Why can't we give the Famous Ocean Liners any respect? * The !But when you want to relax, Travel by Liner!* *The RMS Aquitania. One of two ocean liners to make the White Star Line squirm, she is the only four-stacker ocean liner from the early 1910s to survive two World Wars and a Great Depression where others like her (including the venerable RMS Olympic) would have been scrapped for money. But for some reason, she continued to serve right up to 1950 when she was already hemorrhaging money and suffering through extended wear and lack of maintenance. Even though she was scrapped, nevertheless she became one of the legendary Cunard Liners before the Queens and until the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2's launch, held the title for the longest service career of any 20th century ocean liner. It's no wonder she earned the rightful nickname of [[http://www.markchirnside.co.uk/Images/Pics/rms_aquitania_1930s-ClydeGeorge.jpg "The Ship Beautiful"]].
24th Dec '15 9:02:47 AM Herbieriffer
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* The RMS Aquitania. One of two ocean liners to make the White Star Line squirm, she is the only four-stacker ocean liner from the early 1910s to survive two World Wars and a Great Depression where others like her (including the venerable RMS Olympic) would have been scrapped for money. But for some reason, she continued to serve right up to 1950 when she was already hemorrhaging money and suffering through extended wear and lack of maintenance. Even though she was scrapped, nevertheless she became one of the legendary Cunard Liners before the Queens and until the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2's launch, held the title for the longest service career of any 20th century ocean liner. It's no wonder she earned the rightful nickname of [[http://www.markchirnside.co.uk/Images/Pics/rms_aquitania_1930s-ClydeGeorge.jpg "The Ship Beautiful"]]. * In the new Jet Age, people needn't spend a week at sea traversing the Atlantic through stormy seas and foul weather. You'd at least think there wouldn't be a need for a brand new transatlantic liner, right? Meet the [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a7/RMS_Queen_Mary_2_in_Trondheim_2007.jpg RMS Queen Mary 2]], the pride of the current Cunard fleet (as owned by Carnival) and the only transatlantic liner in service today. Her title "RMS" was bestowed by the Royal Mail Service upon her christening to honor the heritage of the ocean liners before her, and she actually does carry Royal Mail in normal transatlantic operations. When not fording the stormy North Atlantic seas between New York and Southampton, she goes on a yearly Round-The-World cruise, visiting ports around the world. As she has lost her title of "world's largest passenger ship" to Royal Caribbean's 'Freedom of the Seas', the Queen Mary 2 still remains the Largest Ocean ''Liner'' afloat.
22nd Dec '15 4:38:50 PM CelPrevXXVI
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* ''Yamato''. Largest battleship made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes her a CoolBoat, even if she was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' turned her into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.
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* ''Yamato''. Largest battleship ''Yamato-class'' Battleships. The largest ever made (surpassed in military vessel size only by the Nimitz supercarriers), which automatically makes her a CoolBoat, them {{Cool Boat}}s, even if she they was sunk before causing much damage. Also, the anime ''UchuuSenkanYamato'' turned her the nameship into a CoolStarship, which has to earn some extra points.points. ** To a reasonably lesser extent, ''Yamato's'' sister ship ''Musashi''. Slightly greater displacement than her predecessor, and (upon her final refit prior to the battle of Leyte Gulf) more armed to the goddamn teeth. Took an unprecedented number of hits before finally going down, despite not getting a chance to fire at enemy surface ships, much like her sister a year later. Nonetheless embodies the DefiantToTheEnd trope just as much.
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