"Floating Ram?"

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"Floating Ram?"

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 10 Jun 2019 20:20

Gentlemen,

Pointe De Grave(opposite Royan at the North of the Gironde) This position would not be ready until the end of July,owning to the construction of a "Floating Ram". What is a "Floating Ram?'' I got this information from another subject called "Torpedo Bunkers in Norway".


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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 20 Jun 2019 22:38

Well I know that rams were not used in the 20th century. They were out of date floating weapons.

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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by Natter » 21 Jun 2019 07:45

Edward L. Hsiao wrote:Pointe De Grave (opposite Royan at the North of the Gironde) This position would not be ready until the end of July,owning to the construction of a "Floating Ram". What is a "Floating Ram?'' I got this information from another subject called "Torpedo Bunkers in Norway".
Two possibilites:
As you've taken a piece of text out of context, it might just be an error in the english translation of the german document (very common).
I have seen the term "ram" used for a floating harbour/obstacle, and that might just as well fit in as a hinderance to the establishment of a "spinnebatterie" at the location in question (sadly, we will probably never know, as the french forum-members seems very reluctant to share information on the particular subject of "spinnebatterien" :-/ ).

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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by Darius333 » 21 Jun 2019 10:02

Maybe "Schwimmramme", like this more modern one: https://www.binnenschifferforum.de:7081 ... post359379

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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by OpanaPointer » 21 Jun 2019 14:43

Ah, a "pile driver". Literally rams posts into the soil or bottom.
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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 21 Jun 2019 22:17

Thank you for the possible different answers gentlemen. I never heard of the term "Schwimmramme" and actually seen one before.

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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by OpanaPointer » 21 Jun 2019 22:58

Pro tip: Using Google Images is a quick way to get the idea. Lord knows I've used it often enough.
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Re: "Floating Ram?"

Post by Natter » 22 Jun 2019 11:48

Darius333 wrote:Maybe "Schwimmramme"
I agree that "schwimmramme" is a very likely source for the translated "floating ram", but it doesn't fit the context, so if that's the case, the translator must have been really off his/her game here.

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