Close-up view of the propellers of battleship Bismarck, 1939-1940

Caption   Close-up view of the propellers of battleship Bismarck, 1939-1940 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseGerman Federal Archive
Identification Code   Bild 193-30-5-31A
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Photos at Same Place Hamburg, Germany
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 17 Sep 2010

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1. Anonymous says:
29 Sep 2010 06:47:18 AM

Apparently the person writing the caption under the pictures was never in the navy. Ships do not have propellers. Ships have screws propellers are found on aircraft.
2. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
29 Sep 2010 08:16:32 AM

Hello anonymous, thanks for your input. No, I have not served in any navy, but the term "propeller" is indeed used for both aircraft and ships. The American usage of the word "screw" is the shortened form of the full term "screw propeller".

In fact, even the US Navy does not use the term "screw" exclusively. If I recall correctly, the US Navy has a "Naval Foundry and Propeller Center" in the city of Philadelphia at the site of the former naval base note the usage of the word "propeller" in its proper name. This center's mission is to manufacture and enhance ships' screw propellers.

Hope this information helps!
3. Anonymous says:
29 Sep 2010 12:21:07 PM

Thank you for correcting me. I'll have to believe you, you know more about this stuff than I do. I only know what I had been told while in the navy, by a boatswains mate off a ship. I was never aboard a ship I was a Seabee.

That Bismark was quite a ship! What is the diameter of the propellers? Looks to be at least 30'.
4. Commenter identity confirmed C. Peter Chen says:
29 Sep 2010 12:53:50 PM

Anonymous: No no, I didn't "correct" you. It is a conversation between two military history enthusiasts! We learn from each other :)

According to Wikipedia, the screw propellers are each 4.7 meters in diameter, which translates to about 15 feet and 6 inches.

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