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 Author  Topic: Mark-XIII propellers
Roy Forbes

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Roy Forbes  Posted on: Nov 15, 2013 - 9:29am
I have always assumed that the propellers used on both the Mark VIII and Mark XIII torpedoes were made of bronze. Hence the bronze propellers on the 623 although only 3 blade instead of 4. Recently I have been told that they were made of stainless steel covered in grease making them appear black. In the color photo on page 86 in Garth's book they appear to be bronze but... So, I have come to the place where experts gather to solve my mystery before they get recalled to the paint shop. I have also noticed that one of my mufflers have split wide open. Must have taken a hit from one of those damn barges !


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  Jerry Gilmartin

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Hi Roy
The are forged steel. The hubs they mount to have bronze bearings. Here is an excerpt from the torpedo manual. Jerry



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Roy Forbes

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Roy Forbes  Posted on: Nov 15, 2013 - 2:33pm
Awesome Jerry, thanks a bunch. So off to the paint shop they go.


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I took this shot of a Mk13 in Old Town Alexandria at their Torpedo Station (now a shopping district). I posted a side shot earlier.



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Roy Forbes

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Post a Reply To This Topic    Reply With Quotes     Edit Message     View Profile of Roy Forbes  Posted on: Nov 16, 2013 - 7:08am
Thanks for the photos Nate. Those photos are a big help


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