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Why do lots of warships have a red hull?

Discussion in 'Ships & Shipborne Weaponry' started by SniperSquad, Dec 18, 2020.

  1. Kai-Petri

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    Jesus! You guys know a lot. Do not though get too proud. I started at 12 years with maps of Ostfront attack photos. Just a little proud, perhaps.I admit.
     
  2. Takao

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    You sure?

    The Italian Navy was using "Italian Moravian" anti-fouling paint about 1860-61, which had copper sulfate(the green color) - which was some years before the Suez opened to traffic in 1869.
     
  3. ARWR

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    The first Italian Ironclads were not in service until 1865. Any anti fouling paint before then would be for use on copper sheaved wooden hulls
     
  4. Takao

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    Actually Italian Moravian was used on steel & wooden hulls, and continued to be see widespread use in Italy until about 1950. The US Navy experimented with it in the early 1900s, but could not quite formulate it right to meet their needs.(it was expensive and did not last long).
     
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    Similarly red lead has been used on wooden hulls and is still used
     
  6. OpanaPointer

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    I'm posting on a cell phone and it takes me a while to get one sentence out. It did say what I intended it to say.
     
  7. Kai-Petri

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    Nothing.
     
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    Exactly. My question was about hull colour and not the guns.
     
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    Thanks guys for your help. I now know why most ww2 navy ships have red hull.
     
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    Not worth a dime again.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Even today:

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    Here’s a question that I don’t know. Why do some ships have the black stripe (like Opana’s photo) between the gray and the red paint and some don’t? What’s the function of this?
     
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    It's to let you know how the ballast of the ship is working. The water line should be somewhere in the black zone. If red is showing or black is not showing you should call Damage Control Central and tell them you're not coming aboard until they fix that shit.
     
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    Known as the boot stripe, thought to have originated when oil burning was introduced and ships picked up waterline stains from floating oil residue. Earliest USN example appears to have been USS Ohio in 1909. USN battle ships with white hulls would have been particularly likely to need one.
     
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    Thank you. I have learned a lot with my question and ULITHI's question.
     
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    At Least someone. I thought we were going to warfare again. But I guess we have it in our blood. Sorry about the rest.
     

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