Another of the “loaner ships” built by several club members in 2014. Originally the USS Buchanan, then transferred to the British as part of Lend Lease and named the HMS Campbelltown. The British then converted it to look like a German Warship for a special raid to blow up locks in St. Nazarine. To make an “Axis” loaner ship, some creative license was taken and it was built in the “German” configuration. It has two guns; one fixed in front and another in the stern. Sold to an individual member and no longer used as a club loaner ship.
Two of these WWI German Destroyers were built in the 1990’s and continue to operate today in regular combat nearly 20 years later. Armed with a single fixed gun up front and another in the stern. B-109 is Deryk Haole’s 723 Class ship.
The other of the two B-97 Class World War I German destroyers. These ship have proven to be very reliable and popular ships through the years. Currently owned and operated as a loaner ship.
Since some will say that there really isn’t two of them, here is the B-110 (left) and B-109 (right) pictured together. Only noticeable difference is the size of the flag flying from the rear mast of the B-109.
These ships were originally started by the Dutch as the Issac Swears Class of Destroyers. After taking possession, the Germans completed one of them as the ZH1. New for 2016 this is another 2 gun class ship, with 1 rotating in the bow and a fixed single in the stern.
Built in the 1990’s and operated by David Webb until 2014, when the ship was retired. It was sad to see it go, since it was one of the VERY FEW Japanese ships we have in the fleet.
This in one of the more unique 2 gun ships and surprise; it’s Japanese! Both guns are in the front rotating turret, with no rear protection at all. So for this has not hindered the effectiveness of this ship. Current owner is Brandon Smith of Reno, Nevada.
This is DKM ZH-2 in battle on 29 April 2017. This is another one of the captured Dutch Destroyers, completed by the Germans. The ZH-2 also has a rotating single gun up front, just like the sister ship the ZH-1. This one built by a former member.
In the early 1990’s three German Pocket Battleships were built and armed. The Admiral Scheer is with the Queen’s Own Group in Oregon and the other two (Deutschland and Graf Spee) are still here with the club locally. This one was originally built by a former member, but extensively modified by Cliff Shaw, who built the guns for all three ships. These large ship are usually only operated during lengthy Campaign Games. Whereabouts of this ship currently unknown.
DKM Z-31, 32, 38 or 39?
They all look alike, right? At one time the club had 4 operating Z-Boat, 723 Class destroyers. All have similar paint jobs, so it’s impossible to tell one from the other. In fact Le Hardi also looks like a Z-Boat because of the paint job. Way to many Z-Boats!
The Z-39 was at one time a “menace to the seas” (if you ask privately we will explain). Here it sports the camouflage it used during 2017. Built in 2012; it was the first of 4 Z-Boats.
Another evil Z boat . Built in 2013 and for a while it had fought in almost every battle staged since PMWC re-formed.
Most recently built and outfitted Z-Boat (2015), also was owned and operated by a now former member.
While hard to tell, but each of the 4- Z-Boats has a unique, but slightly different camouflage paint scheme. This one was also built in 2013. It is owned and operated by John Henry.
The real ship was originally the USS Stewart, but was captured by the Japanese early in the war. Needing extensive repairs, a boiler was removed and the two front funnels were trunked together in typical IJN fashion. Renamed the PB-102, she survived the war to be repatriated by the Allies upon the surrender. This combat ship was built as part of the 2014 PMWC loaner ship program, but has since been sold to Andy Meraz, who now operates it.
DKM Graf Spee:
Photo of the German pocket battleship Graf Spee after doing battle against two American heavy Cruisers, the USS Houston and Louisville. Prior to the end of the battle, all three ships had to pull into shore and “pump” out a little water. None sank, but they all came close. Photo was taken at Queen’s Own Nationals in 2002. The Graf now has a new owner who is refitting and re-gunning the ship.
This torpedo boat was to carry one, 2-shot torpedo gun in the bow We have to assume the owner/builder could not get it to function since the ship was scrapped. Finding the right balance of weight and power for the little combat ship has always been a challenge. Will we ever see this ship in combat, probably not anytime soon!