Panay's Ghost

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  1. She was known as the Grey Ghost? I've heard she was known as The Lucky E, The Fighting Gray Lady, and The Galloping Ghost of the Oahu Coast. There are so many ships nicknamed Gray Ghost / Galloping Ghost (RMS Queen Mary was the Grey Ghost and USS Houston was The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast) that it probably wouldn't be a useful thing to base appearances on.
  2. That's true of extremely polite and polite forms of Japanese, but in more casual settings it has gender-specific personal pronouns (I/me, we, you). Any woman will come across as tomboyish even now if she uses boku to refer to herself. In '39, only a woman masquerading as a man would do it.
  3. ... Remember that the Captain can also be a woman. What may result when a ship's spirit and a Captain "love each other very much" is a whole separate question...and putting the cart before the horse, anyway. Some of these Belles have whole cities/ states/ countries/ cultures full of lusty people for a namesake and sailors are historically lusty people, so I doubt it. Still, the Belles are all commissioned ships of war, with a mission in front of them. I'm sure some put that before their own passion:
  4. I believe the implication is that post-War, Mahan would get into couch-potato-with-a-book mode and get less exercise. No exercise + all the food she likes = a well rounded figure
  5. At the rate Mahan pitches, I wouldn't be surprised if she dressed up as a baseball player. I am intrigued by what Verdun and Camicia Nera came dressed as, though. Verdun has seen enough horror, so would she avoid anything too gore-heavy or pull no punches? And Camicia Nera wears skull-shaped bling every other day of the year - what could she possibly wear to top that? Decisions, decisions...
  6. And for Veterans day, another remote target ship: USS Utah giving the Fleet something to shoot at. (I love her mascot.)
  7. HMS Centurion as a radio-controlled target, versus the alternative to using a "robo-ship". I like that they left out BGM out of most of it so you get to hear how windy it is, as well as the splashes and gunfire. ...By the way, Centurion pre-dates World War I and survived long enough to be intentionally scuttled near Omaha Beach, to form a breakwater during the Invasion of Normandy. Hmmmmm......
  8. I think it's even worse than that: New Orleans struck me as a bartender, meaning she'd pour/mix drinks for everyone else in the room before she got around to herself. I'd be more afraid of her knowing the skeletons in my closet than the other way around.
  9. Number 2 for me. If the prospect of "him" spooks the rest of the Spanish Belles as much as it does Canarias and (to a lesser degree) Velasco, it would make sense to put those rumors firmly to rest one way or the other. However, spooked and hair-triggered is a recipe for disaster, and the Fog of War is foggy enough as is. Let the investigating begin!
  10. I doubt it, since I suspect David J would beat me to the punch. I'm not greedy. A whole submarine fleet decked out with 8" guns will do me just fine.
  11. So, if I really, Really, Really,Really, Really, Really, Really work hard at it I could get a 16" gun on Nautilus, right?
  12. The League of Nations was pretty underfunded, so it's possible every bureau in the INPF is cash starved. I vote Diana Argys.
  13. You don't say... I don't know whether to bless or curse Käpt'n Korky for introducing me to Postmodern Jukebox, so I'll see his Seven Nation Army for Blue Monday:
  14. So Bismark was just a 50 thousand t delivery device. I have no skin in either game, so I consider Bismark just as doomed as Cossack and Ark Royal.
  15. Yes, but
  16. That's probably a good question for the Lore thread *hint, hint*. A lot of the more uniform-focused Belles wear some rank insignia, but there are others who don't so it's hard to say how official those are.
  17. We've got a couple of weeks before the next Lore question, so to stimulate Lore question ideas I will ask: Where does the legendary mascot cat Unsinkable Sam reside in 1939? For that matter, does Unsinkable Sam start out as simply "Sam" (or Oskar/Oscar) and still have to earn that title? And given the amount of evidence that there's more than a little bit of sailor's story to the legend, is Unsinkable Sam a single cat? ...Or even a cat at all? (U-29, are you busy?)
  18. Option 2. Anything less than proper Prussian stoicism will throw the Prince off, since that's what he's expecting. Be predictable, and someday your prince will come...
  19. I think Maass' luck is such that if any Belle could start an international incident by pulling an ace of spades from an inter-dimensional wormhole, it would be her. Still, I recall in Nevada's interview she admitted to keeping a spare deck or twelve hidden on her person...
  20. Mine does as well. Option #1, Please.
  21. I found this at the National WWII Museum's website: Could be interesting.
  22. For those who could not take part, the discussion was recorded: Personally, the subject could have been given 90 minutes and he would have had no trouble filling it - at the rate he went, Tassafaronga was almost an afterthought. Enjoy.
  23. Some historical food for thought: According to Wikki, wheelchairs themselves have been around in one form or another since about 300BC...not surprising, since at its most basic level it's a chair with wheels on it. Mass marketing of lightweight, collapsible, steel wheelchairs doesn't start until probably the early 1940s (the US patent was taken out only in 1937) so they wouldn't have been cheap. The issue is the stigma associated with them and the accessibility that even a chair on wheels affords . For instance, Houston obliquely mentioned in her interview that she was probably "the only ship in the Fleet with the elevators, ramps, and everything he'd need." The "he" she's referring to is FDR, who contracted polio in 1921. He became president in 1933 so the paralysis in his legs was not a sudden thing. There are very, very few pictures of him in wheelchairs however, since he could walk with braces, and the Public would not have seen him as a healthy person - no matter how sound his reasoning or skill at politics. He wouldn't have been elected into the office in the first place, much less re-elected over and over, if he hadn't downplayed his condition. He was also the patron saint of the US Navy during his earlier stint as Assistant Secretary to the Navy, so it's no surprise an acting warship or two could be arranged with accommodations necessary for the (disabled) President. In the United States these days, wheelchair accessibility is an ever increasing matter of course (partly because new public buildings have to be) but only because of the disability rights movement of the 1960s. In other words, not even in the States was it easy to move around by wheelchair during WW2. In Japan? Here's a modern view of getting around Japan: My (let me stress personal) conjecture would be that historically, the more money one (one's family) had, the more options one had access to. Otherwise, wheeled chairs in Japan would likely be found in hospitals and convalescent homes. As a variation, a person could see the town from rickshaw (or car), but getting into and out of it would take help and it would still need someone to pull (drive) it, so the occupant still wouldn't be considered very independent. Hope that gets you thinking.
  24. A little something to get Nerpa in trouble:
  25. A Communist ballot, Comrade Hood? Nyet. Option 2, please.