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Offline Bilgerat

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Re: No.2 Basin 1946
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2016, 20:14:59 »
The large cruiser in the picture is a Minotaur Class ship. They differed from earlier cruisers of the Town, Edinburgh and Crown Colony Classes because they had three triple turrets rather than the four of the earlier ships and because they had transom sterns rather than rounded, cruiser sterns. The ship is either HMS Swiftsure or HMS Superb. The lead ship of the class, HMS Minotaur, had by the time this picture was taken, been given to the Royal Canadian Navy and renamed HMCS Ontario.

The Minotaur Class was originally intended to be a class of eight. Apart from the three above-named ships, two were broken up on the slipways after cancellation in 1945 and the remaining three ships were left on the slipways and were eventually completed, much modified, as the three Tiger Class cruisers, HMS Lion, HMS Tiger and HMS Blake.
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No.2 Basin 1946
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2014, 14:46:54 »
Aerial view of the basin from 1946. Presume its one of the larger class of cruisers moored up there amongst some destroyers?



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