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Old November 18th, 2013, 07:40 AM
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Default US Side-Wheel Paddle Steamer Aircraft Carriers?

I thought I was a history buff but have to admit to being totally surprised by this one.

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During World War II, the United States Navy purchased two Great Lakes side-wheel paddle steamers and converted them into freshwater aircraft carrier training ships. Both vessels were designated with the hull classification symbol IX (Unclassified Miscellaneous) and lacked hangar decks, elevators or armaments. The role of these ships was for the training of pilots for carrier take-offs and landings. Together the Sable and Wolverine trained 17,820 pilots in 116,000 carrier landings. Of these, 51,000 landings were on Sable.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USS_Sable_(IX-81).jpg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US...higan_1943.jpg

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Old November 18th, 2013, 08:02 AM
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Default Re: US Side-Wheel Paddle Steamer Aircraft Carriers?

Seems I learn something new every day which is good....with my memory, or lack thereof I usually forget a dozen things during that same time!
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Old November 18th, 2013, 10:17 AM
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And that's why there is a treasure trove of WW2 naval aircraft sitting on the bottom of Lake Michigan. Carrier landing accidents happened on an almost daily basis. They've been pulling them up as fast as they can find them these days. You see stories every few months where they find/raise another one. Sadly the USN has retained 'ownership' of these underwater relics, so getting one to restore back to flying condition is a long, involved process.
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Old November 18th, 2013, 09:09 PM
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Interesting! That "IX" classification was used for a whole lot of oddball ships.

I bet that not many on here know that the WWII German cruiser Prinz Eugen ended up as the IX-300 U.S.S. Prinz Eugen! She was taken over by the U.S. Navy as war reparations. With a combined American and German crew, she was sailed to Bikini Atoll where she survived nuclear tests pretty much undamaged. However, she was contaminated by radiation. Eventually a leak developed (lack of maintenance), in one of her shafts IIRC, and because of the radiation they couldn't put a damage control crew on board. They were planning to use divers to repair the leak, towed her to Kwajelein Atoll, but the divers didn't get there in time. She flooded and capsized, and her large main battery turrets fell out of their barbettes when she overturned and sank.

Too bad. A good hosing down with fire hoses likely would have saved her.
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Old November 19th, 2013, 12:40 AM
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Default Re: US Side-Wheel Paddle Steamer Aircraft Carriers?

The stories on a good number if IX class vessels can be found here:

http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46idx.htm
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Old November 19th, 2013, 01:49 PM
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Prinz Eugen has 2 of her 3 screws sticking out of the water, in 1971 it was put off limits for divers after 2 died inside of her.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 02:02 PM
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The stories on a good number if IX class vessels can be found here:

http://www.navsource.org/archives/09/46/46idx.htm
I looked her up on this web site, and was surprised to see that both 8" (?) guns were missing from her #1 turret in one of the later pics. But they were present and accounted for in the picture showing her arrival at Boston.
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they were removed, before being taken to the Pacific.
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Old November 20th, 2013, 08:37 PM
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they were removed, before being taken to the Pacific.
I'm curious as to why?
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