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    Battleships of Naval History

    Battleships held naval supremacy for decades - no other ocean-going warship proved more powerful - until the arrival of the aircraft carrier in World War 2.





    After the ironclad and before the aircraft carrier, the rule over the seas was commanded by the Battleship - big-gunned, steel naval vessels packing a hefty punch through firepower and protected in inches of armor. For the period encompassing the late 19th Century, World War 1 and World War 2, a nation's at-sea power and prestige was invariably measured through these mighty warships of the fleet, revolutionized by the arrival of the British Royal Navy's HMS Dreadnought and culminating in Japan's IJN Yamato - the most powerful battleship to ever grace the seas. For the Americans in World War 2, much of her future lay in the four-strong Iowa-class which participated in many of the important actions concerning the conflict. The Germans managed to add their own history through the seemingly unsinkable KMS Bismarck. However, the death knell for the Battleship came in the form of the aircraft carrier which supplanted the type in available firepower - her aircraft ranging ever further than the main guns of any surface ship.


    The final Battleship launched by any nation became the Royal Navy's HMS Vanguard of 1944. The last U.S. Iowa-class battleshipship was decommissioned in 1992.


    There are a total of (114) Battleships of Naval History in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order. Flag images indicative of country of origin.





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    1901
    Thumbnail picture of the Ammiraglio di Saint Bon
    Ammiraglio di Saint Bon
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1913
    Thumbnail picture of the Andrea Doria
    Andrea Doria
    Type: Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the ARA Moreno
    ARA Moreno
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1868
    Thumbnail picture of the Assar-i-Tewfik (1868)
    Assar-i-Tewfik (1868)
    Type: Ironclad Coastal Battery Frigate
     
    1867
    Thumbnail picture of the Basileus Georgios (1867)
    Basileus Georgios (1867)
    Type: Ironclad Warship
     
    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the Benedetto Brin
    Benedetto Brin
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1910
    Thumbnail picture of the BNS Minas Gerais
    BNS Minas Gerais
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Caio Duilio
    Caio Duilio
    Type: Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the Conte di Cavour
    Conte di Cavour
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1891
    Thumbnail picture of the CS Capitan Prat (1890)
    CS Capitan Prat (1890)
    Type: Ironclad Battleship
     
    1870
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Armide (1870)
    FS Armide (1870)
    Type: Ironclad Warship
     
    1898
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Bouvet (1898)
    FS Bouvet (1898)
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Bretagne (1916)
    FS Bretagne (1916)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1885
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Caiman (1885)
    FS Caiman (1885)
    Type: Coastal Defense Ironclad Warship
     
    1949
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Jean Bart
    FS Jean Bart
    Type: Battleship
     
    1860
    Thumbnail picture of the FS La Gloire (1860)
    FS La Gloire (1860)
    Type: Ironclad Battleship
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the FS Richelieu
    FS Richelieu
    Type: Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the Giulio Cesare
    Giulio Cesare
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1514
    Thumbnail picture of the Henry Grace a Dieu (1514)
    Henry Grace a Dieu (1514)
    Type: Carrack Great Ship
     
    1908
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Agamemnon
    HMS Agamemnon
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Agincourt
    HMS Agincourt
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1587
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Ark Royal (1587)
    HMS Ark Royal (1587)
    Type: Galleon
     
    1913
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Audacious
    HMS Audacious
    Type: Superdreadnought Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Barham (04)
    HMS Barham (04)
    Type: Fast Battleship
     
    1878
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Belleisle (Peik-i-Sheref)
    HMS Belleisle (Peik-i-Sheref)
    Type: Ironclad Battleship
     
    1907
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Bellerophon (1907)
    HMS Bellerophon (1907)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1888
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Benbow (1888)
    HMS Benbow (1888)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Benbow (1914)
    HMS Benbow (1914)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Canada (1913)
    HMS Canada (1913)
    Type: Super-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1899
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Canopus (1899)
    HMS Canopus (1899)
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Colossus
    HMS Colossus
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1873
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Devastation (1873)
    HMS Devastation (1873)
    Type: Predreadnought Ironclad Battleship
     
    1906
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Dreadnought
    HMS Dreadnought
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Duke of York (17)
    HMS Duke of York (17)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1920
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Hood (51)
    HMS Hood (51)
    Type: Battlecruiser
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Indefatigable
    HMS Indefatigable
    Type: Battlecruiser Warship
     
    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS King Edward VII
    HMS King Edward VII
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Nelson (28)
    HMS Nelson (28)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS New Zealand (1905)
    HMS New Zealand (1905)
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Prince of Wales (53)
    HMS Prince of Wales (53)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Queen Elizabeth
    HMS Queen Elizabeth
    Type: Super Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Roberts (F40)
    HMS Roberts (F40)
    Type: Monitor Warship
     
    1927
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Rodney (29)
    HMS Rodney (29)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Royal Sovereign (05)
    HMS Royal Sovereign (05)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1946
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Vanguard (23)
    HMS Vanguard (23)
    Type: Fast Battleship
     
    1765
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Victory
    HMS Victory
    Type: 100-gun First Ship-of-the-Line
     
    1861
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Warrior
    HMS Warrior
    Type: Three-Masted Ironclad Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the HMS Warspite (03)
    HMS Warspite (03)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1900
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Asahi
    IJN Asahi
    Type: Pre-Deadnought Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Fuso
    IJN Fuso
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Haruna
    IJN Haruna
    Type: Battlecruiser / Battleship / Fast Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Hiei
    IJN Hiei
    Type: Battlecruiser / Fast Battleship
     
    1915
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kirishima
    IJN Kirishima
    Type: Battlecruiser / Battleship
     
    1913
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Kongo
    IJN Kongo
    Type: Battlecruiser / Battleship Warship
     
    1902
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Mikasa
    IJN Mikasa
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1920
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Nagato
    IJN Nagato
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the IJN Yamato
    IJN Yamato
    Type: Battleship
     
    1824
    Thumbnail picture of the Karl XIV Johan (1824)
    Karl XIV Johan (1824)
    Type: Warship
     
    1936
    Thumbnail picture of the KMS Admiral Graf Spee
    KMS Admiral Graf Spee
    Type: Pocket Battleship / Armored Cruiser
     
    1934
    Thumbnail picture of the KMS Admiral Scheer
    KMS Admiral Scheer
    Type: Pocket Battleship; Armored Cruiser
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the KMS Bismarck
    KMS Bismarck
    Type: Battleship
     
    1933
    Thumbnail picture of the KMS Deutschland / Lutzow
    KMS Deutschland / Lutzow
    Type: Pocket Battleship / Armored Cruiser
     
    1939
    Thumbnail picture of the KMS Scharnhorst
    KMS Scharnhorst
    Type: Battlecruiser / Battleship
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the KMS Tirpitz
    KMS Tirpitz
    Type: Battleship
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Littorio (Italia)
    Littorio (Italia)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1852
    Thumbnail picture of the Napoleon I
    Napoleon I
    Type: 2nd Class Ship-of-the-Line
     
    1791
    Thumbnail picture of the Orient (Dauphin Royal / Sans-Culotte)
    Orient (Dauphin Royal / Sans-Culotte)
    Type: 120-gun Ship-of-the-Line
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the Roma
    Roma
    Type: Battleship
     
    1905
    Thumbnail picture of the Slava
    Slava
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1903
    Thumbnail picture of the SMS Arpad
    SMS Arpad
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1917
    Thumbnail picture of the SMS Baden
    SMS Baden
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1912
    Thumbnail picture of the SMS Goeben (Yavuz)
    SMS Goeben (Yavuz)
    Type: Battlecruiser Warship
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the SMS Moltke
    SMS Moltke
    Type: Battlecruiser Warship
     
    1908
    Thumbnail picture of the SMS Schleswig-Holstein
    SMS Schleswig-Holstein
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1903
    Thumbnail picture of the Tsesarevich
    Tsesarevich
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Alabama (BB-60)
    USS Alabama (BB-60)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1900
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Alabama (BB-8)
    USS Alabama (BB-8)
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1774
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Alfred (1774)
    USS Alfred (1774)
    Type: Man-of-War
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Arizona (BB-39)
    USS Arizona (BB-39)
    Type: Super-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1912
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Arkansas (BB-33)
    USS Arkansas (BB-33)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1921
    Thumbnail picture of the USS California (BB-44)
    USS California (BB-44)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1865
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Dunderberg
    USS Dunderberg
    Type: Casemate Ocean-Going Ironclad Warship
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Florida (BB-30)
    USS Florida (BB-30)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1897
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Iowa (BB-4)
    USS Iowa (BB-4)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1943
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Iowa (BB-61)
    USS Iowa (BB-61)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1900
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Kearsarge (BB-5)
    USS Kearsarge (BB-5)
    Type: Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1895
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Maine (ACR-1)
    USS Maine (ACR-1)
    Type: Second-class Battleship
     
    1902
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Maine (BB-10)
    USS Maine (BB-10)
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1921
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Maryland (BB-46)
    USS Maryland (BB-46)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
    USS Massachusetts (BB-59)
    Type: Fast Battleship
     
    1882
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Miantonomoh (BM-5)
    USS Miantonomoh (BM-5)
    Type: Monitor
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Missouri (BB-63)
    USS Missouri (BB-63)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1862
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Monitor (1862)
    USS Monitor (1862)
    Type: Ironclad Gunboat
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Montana (BB-67)
    USS Montana (BB-67)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Nevada (BB-36)
    USS Nevada (BB-36)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS New Jersey (BB-62)
    USS New Jersey (BB-62)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1918
    Thumbnail picture of the USS New Mexico (BB-40)
    USS New Mexico (BB-40)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the USS New York (BB-34)
    USS New York (BB-34)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the USS North Carolina (BB-55)
    USS North Carolina (BB-55)
    Type: Fast Battleship
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
    USS Oklahoma (BB-37)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1896
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Oregon (BB-3)
    USS Oregon (BB-3)
    Type: Predreadnought Battleship
     
    1916
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
    USS Pennsylvania (BB-38)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1910
    Thumbnail picture of the USS South Carolina (BB-26)
    USS South Carolina (BB-26)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship
     
    1942
    Thumbnail picture of the USS South Dakota (BB-57)
    USS South Dakota (BB-57)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1920
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Tennessee (BB-43)
    USS Tennessee (BB-43)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1895
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Texas (1895)
    USS Texas (1895)
    Type: 2nd-Class Battleship
     
    1914
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Texas (BB-35)
    USS Texas (BB-35)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1911
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Utah (BB-31)
    USS Utah (BB-31)
    Type: Dreadnought Battleship / Training Vessel
     
    1941
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Washington (BB-56)
    USS Washington (BB-56)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1775
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wasp (1775)
    USS Wasp (1775)
    Type: 8-gun Schooner
     
    1923
    Thumbnail picture of the USS West Virginia (BB-48)
    USS West Virginia (BB-48)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1944
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
    USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
    Type: Battleship
     
    1902
    Thumbnail picture of the USS Wyoming / USS Cheyenne (BM-10)
    USS Wyoming / USS Cheyenne (BM-10)
    Type: Monitor Warship
     
    1940
    Thumbnail picture of the Vittorio Veneto
    Vittorio Veneto
    Type: Battleship