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Can anyone help with this photo

LowLander - Of particular interest to me, your version of the photo shows a 'water kite' suspended from an 'A' frame in the foreground. The gantries on minesweeping sloops and destroyers were usually arc-shaped so this photo was probably taken from one of the hopelessly slow and vulnerable civilian-manned minesweeping trawlers thrown into the fray during the Dardanelles campaign. The kite was 12 ft long, weighed over a ton and was used to regulate the depth of the 'A' (Actaeon) sweep used at the time. This consisted of a single 2 1/2 inch wire towed between two ships steaming about 500 yards apart. All well and good, theoretically, but not much use when operating without accurate navigation in fierce currents under the glare of searchlights and constant bombardment from the Turkish shore batteries.
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deep-diver

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Brilliant - many thanks! I've also found a display panel at Yeovilton, in the Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS section, which tells the story of the aircraft used for spotting. I agree with you about the movie - truly dreadful! Have always wondered about the ship that they used to represent the Konigsberg.
Probably a mock-up but she did have great looking rivets!
 
deep-diver said:
Brilliant - many thanks! I've also found a display panel at Yeovilton, in the Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS section, which tells the story of the aircraft used for spotting. I agree with you about the movie - truly dreadful! Have always wondered about the ship that they used to represent the Konigsberg.
Probably a mock-up but she did have great looking rivets!

This comment may be of interest (link):

groove-3 on IMDb Message Boards said:
I recall visiting the Mediterranean Film Facilities in Malta when I was a kid and seeing one of the models built for the movie. This one was a few metres long. Apparently three had been built in different sizes and one of them had been blown up for the final scene.
 
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