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    Scapa Torpedo

    Some of you may have heard a live torpedo was disposed of yesterday in Scapa Flow?

    I had the good fortune to dive the site back in April, and created a 3D model of it before the RN whacked it:

    21" torpedo

    We do know its a 21" size, but the exact Mk or type is currently under investigation.

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    Decosnapper, that model is brilliant thank you for sharing this.

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    I love these 3d models. Is there much left of the torpedo after the RN made it safe?

    What are the 3 white squares in a triangle? Are they the baseline / reference points for the survey photos?
    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickpicks View Post
    I love these 3d models. Is there much left of the torpedo after the RN made it safe?
    No idea I'm afraid. Approx 300kgs of high explosive is going to be a modifier, of that I am certain.

    What are the 3 white squares in a triangle? Are they the baseline / reference points for the survey photos?
    Reference points. Used to add scale into the 3D model so we could - beyond any doubt - prove it was a 21" torpedo, and not 18". The air tank does indeed measure 21" in diameter.

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    That’s interesting. The implication locally was it had just been found and an exclusion zone put in place. Obviously it’s been known about since at least April! Do you know why they waited to deal with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanmac View Post
    Do you know why they waited to deal with it?
    No idea I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanmac View Post
    That’s interesting. The implication locally was it had just been found and an exclusion zone put in place. Obviously it’s been known about since at least April! Do you know why they waited to deal with it?
    I've been watching that documentary "Catch 22" which suggests this is normal.

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    Cynic in me says they waited for the 100th anniversary week to get in the news :-)


 

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