In any event, my point was that the harbor was certainly capable of accommodating a heavily loaded ship, be they moored parallel to the quay as in your photos or broadside as with the ore carriers
Well, if you look at the second of the pics, you'll see how shallow the water was there - look at the wreck just off the end of one of them
As for mooring them broadside elsewhere - the "Iron Quay" wasn't suitable for disembarking men, it was an overhead railpoint for gravity-loading iron ore....
The conventional quays the Germans DID use are off to the side of the picture to the right.
Next issue for the invaders would be actually manouvering a ship as large as the K-Class cruisers to a mooring there even IF the depth was suitable - would they need to take and force the locals to use Narvik's tugs? There's another potential point-of-failure.
Can't say for sure, but according to Wiki the 'H' class RN destroyers bagged a considerable number during the foray on April 10th
Again as discussed earlier, the Basin at Narvik was pretty crowded -Four
Norwegian steamers were anchored; the 4,285 long tons (4,354 t) Cate B
, the 1,712 long tons (1,739 t) Eldrid
, the 1,758 long tons (1,786 t) Haalegg
and the 4,306 long tons (4,375 t) SaphirFour
foreign Neutral ships were present; a 951 long tons (966 t) Dutch steamer, the Bernisse
, and the three Swedish steamships Boden
of 4,264 long tons (4,332 t), Oxelosund
of 5,613 long tons (5,703 t) and Strassa
of 5,603 long tons (5,693 t). Five
british ships were in the harbour; the 6,582 long tons (6,688 t) Blythmoor
, the 5,141 long tons (5,223 t) Mersington Court
, the 4,304 long tons (4,373 t) North Cornwall
, the 5,378 long tons (5,464 t) Riverton
, and the 4,887 long tons (4,965 t) Romanby
German merchantmen; the 6,388 long tons (6,491 t) Aachen
, the 5,398 long tons (5,485 t) Altona
, the 4,902 long tons (4,981 t) Bockenheim
, the 5,386 long tons (5,472 t) Hein Hoyer
, the 4,879 long tons (4,957 t) Martha Henrich Fisser
, the 8,096 long tons (8,226 t) Neuenfels
, the 5,806 long tons (5,899 t) Odin
, the 7,849 long tons (7,975 t) Lippe
, the 4,339 long tons (4,409 t) Frielinghaus
, and 5,881 long tons (5,975 t) Planet
And the Jan Wellem
That's a lot
- and the one thing I've never seen is a map of how they were distributed that morning
; it's possible one or more might have obscured the passage to the quays for a larger ship than the destoyers.
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