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Realjambo
07-08-2007, 02:27 PM
In my local supermarket today (Every Little Helps! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif) I picked up 'Ark Royal' by Jake Rossiter. I was amazed at some of the photos it had in it and wanted to share some. I apologise for the quality, but hopefully you can appreciate them. ISBN number for the book is 978-0-552-15369-0

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/ArkRoyal.jpg

Ark Royal was also very active in the Mediterranean Sea during 1941. On several occasions, she ferried planes to the beleaguered base at Malta and covered Malta-bound convoys. The Germans reported her as sunk several times. While returning to Gibraltar from one such mission on 13 November 1941, Ark Royal was hit by one torpedo from the German submarine U-81. Progressive flooding choked the boiler uptakes; since she had no diesel backups, all power was lost, including power to the pumps. HMS Legion was ordered to take aboard 1487 officers and crew to transport to Gibraltar. After several hours, already listing heavily while under tow towards Gibraltar, the carrier capsized to starboard and sank on 14 November 1941. Only one crewman was lost during the action, killed by the torpedo explosion.

HMS Ark Royal was torpedoed by U-81 on November 14, 1941. A single g7e torpedo struck the ship on the starboard side, abreast of the Island. This position was the worst possible: being dead amidships, it was where the list caused would be greatest, and its position relative to the transverse bulkheads was such that four main compartments, plus over 106 feet of the ship's starboard bilge, were immediately subject to flooding.

The enemy torpedo was running very deep, and at the time there was some speculation that it might have used a non-contact (magnetic) exploder. This was later discounted on the grounds that the damage inflicted by the hit was not as extensive as would have been expected for an under-the-keel hit, nor was it of the type typical of such hits.

The explosion opened a hole 130 feet long by 30 feet deep , the size being increased by the time taken to bring the ship to a halt, which resulted in additional hull plating being peeled off. The starboard boiler room, air spaces, and oil tanks were flooded, as were the main switchboard and the lower steering position. The starboard power train was also knocked out by the hit, but the port and centreline trains kept functioning.

Her exact location remained unknown until mid-December 2002, when the BBC announced that a film crew had located the wreck in 900 metres of water some 30 statute miles (50 km) off Gibraltar.

Ark Royal gets to sail for another day...Italian Bombs miss her in the Med:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/ItalianbombsmissintheMed.jpg

However, U-81 got lucky, abandoning ship:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Scramblingdownropes.jpg

Listing to Starboard gets worse:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/ListingtoStarboard.jpg

Some of the surviving Pilots of Ark Royal, and an aircraft wreck:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/FulmarFighter.jpg

Fairey Swordfish Prop:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/FaireySwordfishProp.jpg

Fairey Swordfish front view:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Fairey2.jpg

4.5 inch AA Rear Turret:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/4.jpg

Realjambo
07-08-2007, 02:27 PM
In my local supermarket today (Every Little Helps! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif) I picked up 'Ark Royal' by Jake Rossiter. I was amazed at some of the photos it had in it and wanted to share some. I apologise for the quality, but hopefully you can appreciate them. ISBN number for the book is 978-0-552-15369-0

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/ArkRoyal.jpg

Ark Royal was also very active in the Mediterranean Sea during 1941. On several occasions, she ferried planes to the beleaguered base at Malta and covered Malta-bound convoys. The Germans reported her as sunk several times. While returning to Gibraltar from one such mission on 13 November 1941, Ark Royal was hit by one torpedo from the German submarine U-81. Progressive flooding choked the boiler uptakes; since she had no diesel backups, all power was lost, including power to the pumps. HMS Legion was ordered to take aboard 1487 officers and crew to transport to Gibraltar. After several hours, already listing heavily while under tow towards Gibraltar, the carrier capsized to starboard and sank on 14 November 1941. Only one crewman was lost during the action, killed by the torpedo explosion.

HMS Ark Royal was torpedoed by U-81 on November 14, 1941. A single g7e torpedo struck the ship on the starboard side, abreast of the Island. This position was the worst possible: being dead amidships, it was where the list caused would be greatest, and its position relative to the transverse bulkheads was such that four main compartments, plus over 106 feet of the ship's starboard bilge, were immediately subject to flooding.

The enemy torpedo was running very deep, and at the time there was some speculation that it might have used a non-contact (magnetic) exploder. This was later discounted on the grounds that the damage inflicted by the hit was not as extensive as would have been expected for an under-the-keel hit, nor was it of the type typical of such hits.

The explosion opened a hole 130 feet long by 30 feet deep , the size being increased by the time taken to bring the ship to a halt, which resulted in additional hull plating being peeled off. The starboard boiler room, air spaces, and oil tanks were flooded, as were the main switchboard and the lower steering position. The starboard power train was also knocked out by the hit, but the port and centreline trains kept functioning.

Her exact location remained unknown until mid-December 2002, when the BBC announced that a film crew had located the wreck in 900 metres of water some 30 statute miles (50 km) off Gibraltar.

Ark Royal gets to sail for another day...Italian Bombs miss her in the Med:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/ItalianbombsmissintheMed.jpg

However, U-81 got lucky, abandoning ship:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Scramblingdownropes.jpg

Listing to Starboard gets worse:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/ListingtoStarboard.jpg

Some of the surviving Pilots of Ark Royal, and an aircraft wreck:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/FulmarFighter.jpg

Fairey Swordfish Prop:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/FaireySwordfishProp.jpg

Fairey Swordfish front view:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/Fairey2.jpg

4.5 inch AA Rear Turret:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v642/antsmith/4.jpg

Karl_Donitz_Jr
07-08-2007, 03:10 PM
heh I have had that book for a few years now. Did you know that the first pilot to land on the Ark Royal was also the last.

He first landed soon after the carrier was comissioned or what have yea, and last landed in... an ROV at 600 feet deep (or however deep she is) when the wreck was discovered!

Seriously, I sh*t you not! He landed the survey ROV on the Ark Royal's deck and than therefore claim to be the last person to land on her!

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif Us cunning Englishers! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif This is why we will NEVER loose the war! Even sunk out carriers can still launch aircraft http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Minoos
07-08-2007, 03:13 PM
Great book RJ, probably some enjoyable reading!

If anyone has an interest in the Swordfish, check this forum post:
FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY "RELEASED, SHOWING NOW" (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/6511016565)

K_Freddie
07-08-2007, 04:41 PM
When I was a wee lad, I built a model of the Ark Royal. Man! was I happy with my achievement.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

geoffwessex
07-08-2007, 11:31 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Minoos:
Great book RJ, probably some enjoyable reading!

If anyone has an interest in the Swordfish, check this forum post:
FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY "RELEASED, SHOWING NOW" (http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/23110283/m/6511016565) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


Erm, yes, Minoos, but they are Gladiators (a land-based RAF (and a very few Royal Navy) aircraft, made by Gloster), not Swordfish, (a carrier-based Royal Navy aircraft, made by Fairey). Or did I miss something?