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Oropesa Minesweeping Float
Oropesa Minesweeping Float

Oropesa floats (sometimes called paravanes) were essential minesweeping equipment.

Minesweepers used Oropesa floats to support one end of a cable fitted with specialized devices, including cutters that severed the lines attaching underwater mines to the seabed. The cable, attached to a U-shaped towing bracket (bottom) could be more than a kilometre long. A flag attached to a small pole (top) indicated the float's position at the end of the cable and one edge of the area cleared of mines. When not in use, the large floats, over three metres long, were prominent objects on a minesweeper's deck.

Minesweeping Float
CWM 19660074-016



4-inch Naval Gun and Mounting
"Pom-Pom" Anti-Aircraft Gun, HMCS Kamloops
Depth Charge and Thrower
Hedgehog Anti-submarine Projectile
Squid Anti-submarine Mortar
Medium Frequency Direction Finding Loop
Binnacle, HMCS Swansea
Gyroscopic Compass
Taffrail Log
German Signal Lamp
Royal Canadian Navy Life Vest
Royal Canadian Navy Lifeboat Bailer
Equipment Plates from U-190
U-190's Starglobe
Japanese Shell Fragment
Dumaresq Mark VIII
Oropesa Minesweeping Float
Twin 40mm Bofors Gun
Twin 3-Inch Naval Gun and Mount
Life Ring, HMCS Quebec
Homing Torpedo Mk 43 Mod 3
Practice Depth Charge
4.5-Inch Star Shell Packing Case
4-Inch Cartridge Casing, HMCS Iroquois
    Date created: October 29, 2010