April 1942 Alternate Indian Ocean

To be fair the Alaska class was meant to murder the hell out of the IJN's heavy cruiser fleet which due to Far Eastern Fleet's actions is far smaller than otl at this point. Of course if Guam isn't that far along making effectively a larger Albany/Chicago out of her is completely viable since the only reason why Hawaii wasn't converted was the fact that she was almost completed and thus a conversion would take a lot of work and hence money. If the USN does do this however lets hope they add a second rudder to her.
 
*happy Californian Bear noises*
And happy allied general noises since they could never get enough LSTs for example having two LSTs being lost and further two crippled and needing a couple months of repairs by E-boat during Exercise Tiger left D-Day with pretty much no reserve LSTs and considering how the Normandy campaign played out having a couple dozen more LSTs made available by suspending Guam,Illinois,and Kentucky to get materials on the beaches faster could make a huge difference.
 
With all the cancellations, and more LSTS, perhaps we could see a battalion or two of uparmored Amtracs to launch from them, available for use on D-Day? Also vessels as large as LSTswere built on the great lakes and Mississippi valley rivers, and floated down the Ohio, IllInois Rivers to the Mississippi and New Orleans. The Illinois river was low water channel of 12 foot. And sometimes 15 foot or above in high water.
 
Historically, the US was building a myriad of different size, shape, purpose ships and boats on any patch of land adjacent to water with access to the ocean. Higgins landing craft built up the Mississippi in New Orleans(and other spots), submarines, minesweepers, patrol boats, more landing craft built all across the Great Lakes, etc. Bigger ships built at numerous yards on the East, Gulf, and West coast
The Americans weren't the only ones building warships in every practical spot. A number of Flower class Corvettes were built in Collingwood, Ontario for the RCN. Collingwood is on the Southern shore of Georgian Bay. So these Corvettes would have had to be navigated through the Welland canal and the locks at Lachine, Quebec. This was before the St.Lawrence Seaway upgrades. It must have been a tight squeeze.

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The Americans weren't the only ones building warships in every practical spot. A number of Flower class Corvettes were built in Collingwood, Ontario for the RCN. Collingwood is on the Southern shore of Georgian Bay. So these Corvettes would have had to be navigated through the Welland canal and the locks at Lachine, Quebec. This was before the St.Lawrence Seaway upgrades. It must have been a tight squeeze.

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Motto is; learn something new every day. (^^^) Did not know this, so the day has not been wasted. Thank you.
 
0800 Hours, 31 December 1942, Norfolk, Virginia
In order to win over the Prime Minister who did not want to see HMS Vanguard cancelled the Admiralty promised that to the maximum extent possible, materials and labor saved from the cancellation of Vanguard would go toward accelerating the completion of the aircraft carriers HMS Implacable and HMS Indefatigable, both behind schedule. Some estimates this reallocation of resources could shave six months off the projected completion dates for both ships. This argument combined with a reminder of the results of OPERATION COBALT successfully placated Mr. Churchill.
[humour] No. Habakkuk is required to successfully distract Winston at this point of the war... They need to promise him 'let's turn icebergs into carriers!' [/humour]
 
The Americans weren't the only ones building warships in every practical spot. A number of Flower class Corvettes were built in Collingwood, Ontario for the RCN. Collingwood is on the Southern shore of Georgian Bay. So these Corvettes would have had to be navigated through the Welland canal and the locks at Lachine, Quebec. This was before the St.Lawrence Seaway upgrades. It must have been a tight squeeze.

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They build a lot of corvettes in Vancouver too didn't they?
 
They build a lot of corvettes in Vancouver too didn't they?
Yes that's true. And in Quebec City and a couple of other places. The wikipedia article has a list of Flower class Corvettes and the shipyards they're were constructed in. I don't think it's a complete list but it indicates how many different yards were involved.
 
Yes that's true. And in Quebec City and a couple of other places. The wikipedia article has a list of Flower class Corvettes and the shipyards they're were constructed in. I don't think it's a complete list but it indicates how many different yards were involved.
There is a discussion board dedicated to the Flower class:


Regards,
 
1200 Hours, 31 December 1942, Trondheim, Norway – The transit back to Germany was not going well for the pocket battleship Lutzow. The heavy cruiser Hipper and her escorts were well on their way to Kiel but Lutzow’s engines were continuing to give her trouble so she put into Trondheim for temporary repairs. Early that morning while navigating the waters at the entrance of the fjord, Lutzow had the misfortune of encountering one of the mines deposited there by the Free French submarine Rubis two weeks earlier. Now she had a hole in her port side fifty feet from the bow. Now she was anchored near Trondheim with her crew effecting emergency repairs while waiting for a tug boat with skilled technicians onboard.
 
1200 Hours, 31 December 1942, Trondheim, Norway – The transit back to Germany was not going well for the pocket battleship Lutzow. The heavy cruiser Hipper and her escorts were well on their way to Kiel but Lutzow’s engines were continuing to give her trouble so she put into Trondheim for temporary repairs. Early that morning while navigating the waters at the entrance of the fjord, Lutzow had the misfortune of encountering one of the mines deposited there by the Free French submarine Rubis two weeks earlier. Now she had a hole in her port side fifty feet from the bow. Now she was anchored near Trondheim with her crew effecting emergency repairs while waiting for a tug boat with skilled technicians onboard.
This might not end well. On the bright side, if something happens to Lutzow, the Kriegsmarine's maintenance budget might end up being a little less.
 
Read this topic in like 2016 i think to the end then . Now found the topic again this week and just finished catching up when i rejoined the board during the new year period. I mean i reread the entire topic in a few days.

Following the topic and this is probably one of the most realistic ww2 stories i have ever seen.

Still cant get why with tripitz down they cant atleast send one of the kgv-s with renown instaed of the modernised QE to the eastern fleet even if u want to keep one as escort for the carriers in the home fleet since two of them is overkill. And not sending a replacement full sized carrier seems to be a mistake aswell asap to make the eastern fleet more flexible.
 
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