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Old 03-08-2016, 11:48 AM   #31
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:36 AM   #32
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We wanted no part of the war in Europe, but after a U-Boat sunk the Lusitania president Wilson told Germany knock it off, no more passenger ships or we'd come over there. Germany complied until the Russians collapsed, then the Germans said you're not the boss of me, figuring the could beat England and the U-Boats would keep the US from coming to the fight. That's why this U-Boat was in NY.
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Old 03-13-2016, 11:02 AM   #33
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In the interest of full disclosure, Wilson did want a war and the Lusitania was carrying munitions.
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Old 03-13-2016, 02:33 PM   #34
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Yes Wilson did, but 70% of the country did not. Strange as it may seem, back then the peoples wishes were honored by politicians.
Killing 1100 civilians is not justified over a few bullets... ok, 170 tons of bullets.
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Old 03-15-2016, 01:56 AM   #35
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Looks like US industrial centers about the same time... and China now.
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Old 03-20-2016, 03:53 PM   #36
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Kind of boatish so I'll sick it here, although it could go in WTF as well.

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The buoy would have an observation area from which our unlucky guardian would scan the seas; once a ship was spotted, the buoy would submerge to periscope depth, and after some time the nationality of the ship would be identified; at that point if an enemy ship is recognized the operator could submerge the buoy further (being anchored to the sea floor) via a winch to 50 or 60 feet beneath the surface, and then when the mine made contact (proximity or otherwise?) the buoy operator could detonate the mine. It was thought in this way that you could mine an area of sea and not have to worry about ships being damaged by friendly fire. The whole thing seems highly problematic to me--not the least of which would probably be a very jostling ride to the buoy operator.
As far as desirability of that post, it's right up there with Kamikaze Pilot, and bomb vest carrier.
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Old 03-21-2016, 04:42 PM   #37
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...and bomb vest carrier.
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Old 04-11-2016, 02:05 PM   #38
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:19 PM   #39
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That's cool, you can have your little dinghy transported to safer waters, and not risk ocean travel. They must have divers setting up some kind of cribbing to cradle the boats when the water's pumped out. Something to keep them from moving in rough weather.
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They must have divers setting up some kind of cribbing to cradle the boats when the water's pumped out. Something to keep them from moving in rough weather.
I think they use cases of freshly picked prunes.
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Old 04-11-2016, 05:39 PM   #41
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That would make them too salty.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:07 AM   #42
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Smooth sailing...
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:01 PM   #43
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Old 04-14-2016, 12:13 PM   #44
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Old 04-14-2016, 11:17 PM   #45
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Four funnel ships look easy to roll over.
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