September 08, 2008

Q-Ships Hit The Road

The idea of Q-Ships has been around since the first world war. When the merchant marine ran supplies to Europe, they were regular targets of roaming Wolf Packs of German submarines. Heavily guarded convoys were simply ignored by the sub commanders, but drained fighting ships from other theatres. In response, decoy were used: sub-hunting destroyers disguised as merchant ships who would throw off their camouflage when a submarine surfaced to attack.


Which leads us to the Smart Car fortwo... with a Suzuki Hayabusa engine. They meet a Ferrari at the quarter mile.


posted by Thursday at 8:48 pm


Anonymous Demenagement Martineau said...

There is nothing new or secret about the general principle of Q-ship operations. When the U-boats [German submarines] were at their worst in World War I, the British Admiralty approved and authorized the conversion of merchant vessels to heavily armed raiders which would have her guns disguised or concealed in such a way that the merchant vessels might serve as decoys which would encourage U-boats to attack them.

10:59 pm  
Blogger Erin Butler said...

Well... yes. Hence the first sentence. I wrote about them because I think the car shown here takes the idea and puts it on the road. ;)

Thanks for the comment.

10:04 am  

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