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quote:Originally posted by Pascal: Impressive pictures, Rich ! Somebody knows under which circumstances she sank ?
According to Bill Miller's "Fifty Famous Liners" series, she sprang a leak en route to the scrapyard. Her turbines were quite unreliable and she was 41 - there wasn't much else to do with her.
quote:Originally posted by Ernst:Are you sure it wasn't there? I only have a plan of her as Bremen and the model of Schreiber - there she has a bulb but not one which could not have been there first place - this kind of bow has been already 'around' in 1939.
Indarra is right, the bulb is much more pronounced in the sinking photos than in the photos of PASTEUR's launching. ( I have the book and have been analyzing the photos.) I believe the bulb made have been enhanced at Bremer Vulkan during her conversion to BREMEN, but the book does not mention this.
quote:Originally posted by Linerrich:Indarra is right, the bulb is much more pronounced in the sinking photos than in the photos of PASTEUR's launching. ( I have the book and have been analyzing the photos.) I believe the bulb made have been enhanced at Bremer Vulkan during her conversion to BREMEN, but the book does not mention this.Rich
Thanks for the reply - very interesting.
quote:Originally posted by Indarra:The sinking pictures show quite a pronounced bulbous bow which presumably was not there when she was completed in 1939.
I finally the found the information on this, towards the end of the PASTEUR book which I'm reading (it's in French, so a bit slower than usual for me!)
The BREMEN was taken to Lloyd Werft shipyards at Bremen during the Winter of 1965/66. That's when the new, enlarged bulbous bow was added, for better stability and to eliminate vibrations and motions at high speeds, according to the book. It also states than a bulb was added to her stern during this time, too, although I cannot imagine that and have not seen any such photos.
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