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Re: Cornwall's steel foc's'l deck...
Thanks for that info about HMS Cumberland.
As for Cornwall's weatherdeck, I don't have any additional information about that, but Kent's and Berwick's weatherdecks consisted in large part (at least) of steel treadplate, except for the working areas around the 4" HA guns, which were covered by wooden planking. So I think its a safe assumption that's the case for Cornwall as well--but if you have photos attesting to that fact, that's good enough for me. And if you don't mind my asking, are those photos available in the public domain? Would love to see them if possible....
As for Kent and Berwick, see here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070426-1350-hms-kent-county-class-cruiser-1941/page/5/
Scroll halfway down the page for paydirt.
And here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235070426-1350-hms-kent-county-class-cruiser-1941/page/11/
And here: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235077320-hms-berwick-1939-1941-pictures/
Hope that helps!
Cumberland's deck ahead of the breakwater was plated over during her mid 30s reconstruction. You can find a nice aerial shot of her in early 1942 from Alan Raven & John Roberts books British Cruisers of World War Two and Man O' War 1 County class Cruisers.
Did your Profile Morskie book note that Cornwall had isolated wood planking under her twin 4 inch gun mounts and steel tread plate on the rest of her amidship upper deck? I have deck views of her in Durban late 41 showing these features.
The Profile Morskie devoted to HMS Cornwall has a nice picture of her from the stem looking aft, in which the patterned non-slip steel deck can be clearly seen. You can see the picture here at the bottom of the page: https://profilemorskie.com/Ships/123_CORNWALL_NEW.htm
The non-slip pattern on the steel deck can be more clearly seen in the actual picture.
Also, circumstantially, other units in the class such as Berwick, Kent, and Suffolk had steel foc's'l decks. I believe, however, that Cumberland's foc's'l deck was planked.
Mike,what evidence/images exist to prove that Cornwall had her foc`s`le forward of the breakwater plated ?
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