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Propslip

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Unknown Cruiser under fire
« on: January 01, 2011, 07:44:51 AM »

Whilst checking out my local postcard dealer yesterday, I came accross this postcard of a cruiser under fire. The card is by R A Fisk the HMS Ganges photographer. The ship has clearly been hit amidships, can anyone tell me the ship & location. I thought maybe HMS Glasgow at the Normandy landings, that ship was hit by some heavy artillery amidships. An unseen vessel is laying a smokescreen in the background.
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Colin Bishop

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Re: Unknown Cruiser under fire
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2011, 09:55:31 AM »

Yes, I think that is almost certainly HMS Glasgow off Cherrbourg. I have seen the picture before.

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Re: Unknown Cruiser under fire
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2011, 10:28:03 AM »

I think you are right, the only thing that bothers me is a very prominent galley style vent just aft of the after mast & forward of the after director. This does not show on any of the pictures I have of Glasgow but I guess it could have been moved at a later date. Thia picture may have been taken as the first shell struck which hit the hanger but before the second which I think hit the after director, which iis very close to the galley pipe so maybe that was destroyed as well & when she was refitted they re sited it.
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Re: Unknown Cruiser under fire
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2011, 11:03:38 AM »

There is another photo of Glasgow going into action off Cherbourg in Bernard Ireland's book on cruisers, presumably before she was hit. It clearly shows the galley type vent. As you say, this being a lightweight structure, it is entirely possible that it was damaged in action and maybe subsequently replaced by forced ventilation.

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