I had a neat idea, /k/.
What if (IF, please don't shit all over me immediately) a company based in Hawaii or California came out, managed to buy a decommissioned WW2 era ship and used it to give cruises of the pacific, focusing on sites of naval battles and stops along the island hopping campaign?
Would you want to go?
I'd sign up for it. Maybe do a Great White Fleet-themed cruise?
This. Unless we get some kinda interaction or further entertainment, its not gonna be too thrilling. It'd be pretty awesome if said company ran a naval task force similar to that of Task Force 38. You could get the chance to stay on light cruisers, destroyers, troop transports or the carrier. Experience sailor duties, and if you're qualified, to fly some replica Hellcats or Corsairs. Of course something of this magnitude is likely not probable. Practically all of the remaining ships from World War 2 have been converted to museums and aren't exactly seaworthy to this extent. Replica planes aren't exactly hard to find or create, but people with experience in carrier borne operations in propeller aircraft are. Finding the personnel to man all these ships and perform maintenance would be even more so of a chore, and not to talk about the cost for all of this.
However the thought of boarding a Higgins in old Marine surplus and storming the islands we stop at to shoot at some nips with blanks or something as Hellcats fly over head while cannons from the fleet boom in the background would certainly be quite an experience.
>a million miles between naval battles that werent in the middle of nowhere.
would be cool in mediterranean or norwegian coast, were the battles happened close to land and there are wrecks and museums and shit close by.
>a million miles between naval battles
Do you think they are photoshopping the evidence of islands and atolls to hide the truth from you?
Do it at night and build a suite of expensive advanced projectors. Narrate naval battles while projecting lifelike holograms on the sea. Have a small fleet of boats with speakers for directional audio.
I'm sure if this was actually a thing that they'd do a little remodeling, say turning each set of bunks into a single bunk with luggage space in the other 2-3.
Originally the ships kitchens had to handle much more than some tourists, they could probably handle good food with few changes.
Of course the biggest issue is space. Warships are meant to be small and dense (when they can be) and when you take out the dense part, it's just small. That puts space at a premium for an already pricy endeavor.
Going to boring places on a repurposed war ship doesn't sound appealing compared to going to Alaska on a ship built from the ground up so that no guest is ever more than 300ft. from a bar. This sounds like the kind of thing that only fags who wear /k/ patches to the range would be interested in.
Fuel costs would be prohibitive. WWII Pacific battlesites are far-flung, and if you'd actually want to go ashore, you'd be looking at all kind of access restrictions. And a lot of these places don't look that impressive from the water.
I've seen Pearl Harbor, Wake, Iwo Jima, and Saipan in my travels.
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You do realize that not a single one of these ships had air conditioning, right? That alone would make the descriptors "rustic" and "historically accurate" for the accommodations almost tongue in cheek for the south Pacific.
That said, it's a cool idea. I personally would be willing to endure some hardships to see how the ships worked, sail on them for a while and see a neat battle site or two. Surigao Strait would be neat to see. Any of the Leyte battles would be cool, in fact. It just might not be that cool for more than about a week, unless there were also R&R beach stops and copious booze about.
Yamato and Musashi had the most luxurious climate control systems in the world. Almost all the living and berthing spaces were air conditioned. In the USN, only BBs had any A/C at all, and it was very limited - just about only the CIC and certain other combat command compartments.
C'mon, anon. Subs are a whole different ballgame. They're "air conditioned" by design necessity to keep the crew alive, but they were by no means temperature controlled for comfort. There's a reason they were all called pig boats, and a reason why one of the biggest joys of serving on nuke boats in the 60's for old bubbleheads was the power reserve to run A/C.
>They're "air conditioned" by design necessity to keep the crew alive
No they are not air conditioned by necessity to keep the crew alive. Japanese and German subs were not air conditioned.
I rather get a small container ship and outfit it into a Q Ship. Then run cruises in pirate heavy waters. When the pirates come to try and take the ship. The passengers get to man deck guns or use rpgs.
They absolutely had air circulation systems, anon. USN boats only ran temperature control systems while surface/snorkel cruising, when they had the power to spare to run them, and often not even then. This is fact.
The idea is already in place with LST in Evansville.
Also, we looked at buying a old destroyer to do something like this. It was totally doable. Sevral years ago they weren't very difficult to get. But I don't know what it's like now.
>Yamato and Musashi had the most luxurious climate control systems in the world.
This is why we won WWII spoiled japs couldn't live the lifestyle needed to fight a real war, no they needed 'air conditioning'.
Well that and neither ship was particularly good for much besides target practice because the Japs were either too afraid to use use it or couldn't afford to.