Naval vessels displayed at Easter



A MODEL of the naval vessel HMAS Hood, which is able to shoot ball bearings, will be on display at the Gladstone Maritime Museum this Easter.

The HMAS Hood was sunk during a fierce shootout with the superior German ship the Bismarck. The model will be one of many in a special display to be staged by the museum.

The model is required to be registered by police before its fighting abilities can be displayed.

Maritime History Society president Ced Janson said the models would be on exhibition from Friday to Monday of Easter week (April 14 to April 17).

What is likely to take pride of place at the display is Mr Janson's own model of Director 2 which sank off Gatcombe Head in 1940.

"I obtained the line drawings from a friend of the owners and built the model on the scale of a half inch to the foot,'' Mr Janson said.

The model is 7ft 6inches long (2.3metres). The Director 2 was 132ft (40metres) long.

"I built the model plank on frame, the same as the original ? it took me two years to build.''

When Director 2 sank, its company (crew) lived in a shop in Goondoon Street until they moved them out of Gladstone.



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