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Ship Shape

 
 
Ship Shape Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
1. Ship Shape Marker
Inscription.
You are standing by HMS M.33’s port side. Her distinctive ‘dazzle’ paint scheme was introduced in 1918, to break up her outline, making it harder for submarines to target her. To your left is the bow (front of the ship) and the ‘forecastle break’ where the deck height increases. Fifty-two men lived in the tiny Mess deck beyond the small hatch. Above is her 6-inch (152mm) gun.

In front of you is the ship’s thin steel side, with her Engine Room beyond. M.33 had no armour, as she was not built to fight enemy warships. Above, the door opens into a small mess used by four stewards and cooks, with the Galley beyond. Above are the Wheelhouse, Compass Platform, funnel and Engine Room ventilators.

Dazzle Camouflage was influenced by the paintings of abstract artists like Picasso.

The door furthest ‘aft’ (towards the stern) leads into M.33’s Wardroom, where five officers lived and socialised. Each had his own small cabin. The pair of ‘davits’ (a device for suspending or lowering a boat) would have held a small dinghy.

( photo captions )
Above: The only access into the cramped Mess Deck was through two narrow hatches — quite a squeeze for a fully grown man.
Right: Officers could relax together in the tiny Wardroom — the only place on board with
HMS <i>M.33</i> image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
2. HMS M.33
an electric fire.
Above: All food for the officers and men was cooked in the Galley. The ship carried 1 ½ tonnes of coal for the cooking range.
 
Location. 50° 48.112′ N, 1° 6.632′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Queen Street and Wickham Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3LR, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Long Life (here, next to this marker); No. 1 Dock (a few steps from this marker); HMS M.33’s People (within shouting distance of this marker); A Unique Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); Heavy Weather (within shouting distance of this marker); Conservation in Action (within shouting distance of this marker); HMS M.33 (within shouting distance of this marker); Bruce Austin Fraser (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
 
Also see . . .
1. Monitor HMS M33 at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. HMS M33 on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 4, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
HMS <i>M.33</i>'s Dazzle Camouflage Scheme image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, July 30, 2018
3. HMS M.33's Dazzle Camouflage Scheme

 
Categories. War, World IWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 4, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 82 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 4, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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