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Battleships – World War 1

Battleships were a symbol of naval dominance and national might, and for decades the battleship was a major factor in both diplomacy and military strategy. The launch of Dreadnought in 1906 commenced a new naval arms race which was widely considered … Continue reading

Posted in on Monday, March 31st, 2014

Cruisers – World War 1

Cruisers were usually armed with torpedo tubes, and often are fitted with facilities for carrying one to three floatplanes. They usually had a top speed of around 30 knots, were designed to mix speed with range, endurance and firepower, and … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Depot Ships – World War 1

Depot ships provided services unavailable from local naval base shore facilities. to meet recreational needs of British Pacific Fleet personnel. Services provided by a depot ship depend upon whether typical client warship missions are measured in hours, or days, or weeks. … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Destroyers – World War 1

There are many different types of ship, all designed for specific purposes and many with a long history of development behind them. Surface vessels of war, the standard displacement of which is greater than 600 toms (610 metric tons) and … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Minesweepers & Trawlers – World War 1

The Mine-sweeping force based at Harwich played an important First World War role; The task of the mine-sweeping force was to keep shipping lanes clear. The force consisted of about 100 minesweeping trawlers, with a complement of roughly 1500 personnel. … Continue reading

Posted in on Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Sloops, Drifters & Monitors – World War 1

Sloops In the 18th and most of the 19th centuries, a sloop-of-war in the British Navy was a warship (also known as one of the escort types) with a single gun deck that carried up to eighteen guns. As the … Continue reading

Posted in on Thursday, April 17th, 2014