These large steam ships, frigate size (1570 tons), were built in Venice and pressed into Austrian service. With her sister ship Dandolo, both were soon under Austro-Hungarian flag, both having a rich career, and the first participating in the battle of Lissa. They were in service practically until 1900.
Rarely fighters in history had been so hard-pressed in desperate situations and proved up to the task than the Grumman Wildcat in 1942-43. When the F4F-3 was chosen for production after a long development going back to 1937, there was a fighter neither pretty nor supremely agile, but it was sturdy yet light and reliable. From 1941 to 1945 it became a staple of USN and Fleet Air arm naval fighters even though better models appeared in between.
Born as second-generation treaty cruiser, soon split into two separate types (the second, well revised, becoming the New Orleans), the Portlands were much improved Northamptons, with an amazing career. USS Portland participated in nearly all pacific battles, ending as one of the most decorated cruisers of WW2, while USS Indianapolis was a prestigious vessel which also became the flagship of the Vth fleet. But this overshadowed by her tragic end, the worst sea disaster of the US Navy to date.
Naval Encyclopedia is the first online warship museum (1997). Dedicated to the history of all ships of the industrial era and 20th cent., so 1820 to 1990, but also earlier times. The main difference for this early period is to study ships types through some famous examples. The latter is a work in progress since more than twenty years. This current version is #5. The previous one was made Wordpress, and is back to where it began, in static form. Next is the adjunction of a JSON search engine. And complete the encyclopedia ! The opaque links shows what's left, which is quite of intimidating. Clear white links are those done so far.
Now there is a single mega menu with spoilers on the column (on desktop) or page bottom (mobile) alllowing the reach of all pages and articles from anywhere. In short the new version of 2021 is: