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Re: Consensus doesn't make any sense
The boats were primarily used for the in-port functions, such as bringing aboard supplies and running personnel to and from the ship. They could be left in port, if the ship was expected to return to the same port, or carried on board if the ship was transiting to a new port. But the majority would probably be left at the port if action was expected or a possibility.
If the boats were landed because action was either imminent or inevitable, then for a first-of-the-line warship such as HMS Agincourt they should have been landed on August 4th 1914, for the duration, however long that would be.
When not at war to conduct effective gunnery training on turret 'Thursday', they would also have to be landed.
There doesn't seem to be a good point in having these boats aboard in the first place if they are going to be a continuing nuisance and, if the replies are correct, then showing them on your model would certainly rule out a ship 'at war'.
I think the others are right about the boats being left behind when battle situations are inevitable. I wrestle with this though cause optically I always thinks it looks better to have the boats on board even though it's more realistic to have them off. I guess that is where artistic license can come in
I'm building the Flyhawk HMS Agincourt, and the layout of the boats makes me curious: After the amidships flying bridge over the turrets was removed, most of the boats were stowed abreast the 4th turret (Turret 'Thursday'). They blocked much of the training arcs of the turret, and even if they cleared the muzzle blast when the guns fired would destroy them. What happened to them in action? There seems no other reasonable place to move them - would they just be shoved overboard and abandoned? See the lower left image below.
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