Potemkine (1903)

Kniaz Potemkin Travichesky (Panteleimon)

The Potemkine: Movie famous

The very name of Potemkine evoke the Russian 1905 Revolution, and one of, if not perhaps the most famous propaganda movie of all times. This is also perhaps the most famous mutiny since the Bounty and the Batavia, and probably the best known of the XXth century. We have to scratch this myth however here to find the battleship. The Potemkine indeed was left behind during the Russo-Japanese war, and most experienced officers left the black sea to be re-affected in Pacific fleet vessels after crippling losses. Therefore, the ship was left mostly idle with inexperienced officers. We will dig into this history of the mutiny but also the less known career of the Panteilemon during WW1, and her end.

Development and order of the Potemkine

Planning for her construction started as early as 1895. Indeed the idea was just to use the slipway scheduled to be available at the Nikolayev Admiralty Shipyard a year later. The Naval Staff worked with Black Sea Fleet Vice Admiral K. P. Pilkin, on the first draft of the new pre-dreadnough battleship, derived from the Peresvet. However their initial work was over-ruled by General Admiral Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich. He decided to discard the 254 mm guns and long range were ill-adapted for the Black Sea. He strongly suggested the Tri Sviatitelia instead. The new initoal design integrated a higher forecastle for better seakeeping, a Krupp cemented armour and Belleville boilers. Many changes were imposed by departments of the Naval Technical Committee but the final design was approved on 12 June 1897. More changes slowed the ship's construction also.

Construction really started on 27 December 1897. Provisions were made and alteration to the plans, so that she was laid down at the Nikolayev Admiralty Shipyard only on 10 October 1898. She was named after Prince Grigory Potemkin, Russian soldier, statesman, and favorite of Queen Catherine of Russia. She was launched on 9 October 1900, but only towed to Sevastopol for fitting out in July 1902, two years after. She started her sea trials in September 1903 but they went on until early 1905. Meanwhile the main gun turrets were completed.

Design

Potemkin was 113.2 m long (waterline) or 115.4 m overall for a beam of 22.3 m and maximum draught of 8.2 m (see the specs for feets and inches measurements). She displaced 12,900 long tons, meaning this was 420 long tons over her initial designed displacement (12,480 t). Her crew comprised 26 officers and 705 enlisted men, including a Marine company.

Powerplant

The ship had two propeller shafts, mated to a pair of three-cylinder vertical triple-expansion steam engines. Total designed output was 10,600 indicated horsepower (7,900 kW). These were fed by a battery of twenty-two Belleville boilers working at a pressure of 15 atm (1,520 kPa; 220 psi). Eight of these were locatd in the forward boiler room, oil-fired and the remaining fourteen were coal-fired. Sea trials showed a top speed of 16.5 knots (30.6 km/h; 19.0 mph). However oil leaks caused a fire on 2 January 1904 and this imposed a conversion to all-coal burning boilers. The Potemkine carried up to 1,100 long tons (1,100 t) of coal in war time, stored in side cofferdam sections. Range was limited to 3,200 nautical miles (5,900 km; 3,700 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) cruise speed.

Protection

The battleship was defended by Krupp cemented armour. The waterline belt was 9-in thick or 229 mm, down to 8-in (203 mm) abreast the magazines but covering the center of the ship along 237 feet (72.2 m). Both ends were protected by a 2-in stray of armour (51 mm). The belt height was 7 feet 6 inches (2.3 m) and it plunged below the waterline of about 5 feet (2 m), tapered down to 5-in (127 mm) at the bottom edge to form a citadel. Both extrermities were closed by 7-in (178 mm) transverse bulkheads.

The upper strake above te belt was 6-in thick and over 156 feet (47.5 m) long, also enclosed by transverse bulkheads. The upper casemate housed the six-inch guns, 5-in thick all around. The main turrets sides were 10-in (254 mm) thick whike the roof was 2-in roof. The conning tower was 9-in thick. The armoured deck was made of 2-in thick (40 mm) nickel-steel plates, up to but 2.5 inches (64 mm) on the slopes connected to the armour belt. Forward and aft of the armoured citadel, the deck was 3-in (76 mm) thick but during the 1911 refit she received 1-in (25 mm) additional armour plates fore and aft, better protecting the ends of the ship.

Armament

Main artillery of the Potemkine consisted of two turrets, housing two 40-calibre 12-inch (305 mm) guns each fore and aft of the main superstructure. They were electrically operated and derived from the Petropavlovsk-class design. Their maximum elevation was +15°, but their rate of fire was just one round every four minutes in trials. Each fired fired a 745-pound (337.7 kg) shell at 2,792 ft/s (851 m/s). Range was 13,000 yards (12,000 m) at 10° angle, and 60 rounds were carried for each gun, presumably HE and AP, so 240 total on board.

Secondary armament comprised sixteen 6-inch (152 mm)/45 Canet Pattern 1891 quick-firing (QF) guns. They were were mounted in casemates in the main superstructure. Twelve were located lower on the sides of the hull, while four were located at the corners of the superstructure. They fired 91.4 lb (41.46 kg) shells at 2,600 ft/s (792 m/s) and to 12,602 yards (11,523 m) at +20°. In all, 160 rounds were stored per gun, so 2560 in all.

Tertiary armament comprised small quick-firing guns for anti-torpedo boat warfare. These were fourteen Canet QF 75-millimetre (3.0 in)/50 guns, four in hull embrasures and ten higher up in the superstructure. 300 shells was provisioned on board for each gun, so 4200 projectiles in all. These were 11-pound (4.9 kg) shells, fired at 2,700 ft/s (820 m/s), to a range of 7,005 yards (6,405 m). In addition smaller, faster Hotchkiss 47 mm (1.9 in) Hotchkiss guns were also mounted. Four were placed high up in the fighting top and two on the superstructure. Their shells weighted just 2.2-pound (1.00 kg), and exited the barrel at 1,400 ft/s (430 m/s).

In complement, they had five underwater 15-inch (381 mm) torpedo tubes, one in the bow, and two either broadside. Two spare torpedoes were stored for each tube. The M1904 was their first model, equipped with a 150 pounds (70 kg) warhead and capable of 33 knots (61 km/h; 38 mph), up to 870 yards (800 m) range.

Modernizations

Optics-wise, the Potemkine was equipped in 1907 with different telescopic sights for the 12-inch and 6-inch guns. In 1908 a new refit saw them equipped with 2.5-metre (8 ft 2 in) rangefinders. The bow torpedo tube was removed in 1910–11, as well as the fighting top. In 1912 this was the turn of the main-gun turret machinery, completely replaced for faster traverse. The secondary guns were also upgraded to fire one round every 40 seconds. Lastly, two 57 mm (2.2 in) AA guns were mounted on the superstructure in June 1915, and in 1916, two 75 mm AA guns on top of each turret were mounted while four remaining torpedo tubes were removed.

First life: The Potemkine and mutiny


First vintage poster of the movie.

The background of the mutiny was the Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05. Black Sea Fleet's most experienced officers has been transferred to the Pacific and lost. Between raw recruits and inexperienced officers out of school, news of the disastrous Battle of Tsushima in May 1905 made the morale plummit. This was compounded by the routine of labour and no important exercises or sorties planned to motivated the crews. Already in 1905 riots and uprisings were taking place, and the Central Committee of the Social Democratic Organisation of the Black Sea Fleet ("Tsentralka") planned a simultaneous mutiny on all of the fleet.

The spark: A spoiled Borscht

On 27 June 1905, Potemkin was practicing gunnery near Tendra Spit, near the Ukrainian coast. At lunch, a borscht made from rotten meat, partially infested with maggots, infuriated the men. The revolt was sparked by Ippolit Giliarovsky (second in command) which threated to shoot some of the crew members, allegedly, for their refusal to eat the Borscht and calm down. As the situation degraded he called for the onboard marine guards. He went as far as calling for a tarpaulin to protect the decks from blood as well as the crew. This only aggravated the violence and in what followed, Grigory Vakulinchuk, one of the mutiny's leaders, was killed. The mutineers immediately killed Giliarovsky and next seven of the Potemkin's eighteen officers, including the Captain, Evgeny Golikov. Some of them also captured the nearby torpedo boat Ismail (No. 627). The men set up a committed and elected as captain captain Afanasi Matushenko.


The "mutineer fleet" in June 1905, Potemkine and Ismail, alongside.

The mutiny spread

The committee then decided to sail to Odessa, flying the red flag. They arrived at 22:00 whereas a general strike and riots took place in the city. The following day, a landing party was sent to help revolutionaries to take over the city. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew waited for the other battleships of the Black Sea Fleet to arrive. The Potemkin also captured the military transport Vekha. Port area was soon destroyed by fire. On 29 June a funeral turned into a political demonstration. The army ambushed sailors participating in it and the ship soon fired two six-inch shells at the theatre where army officers were stationed, missing.

Minonosets ("Torpedo Boat") N°267, or Ismail, which was captured by the Potemkine and accompanied the battleship to Romania and Crimea.

The government reacted to the news and scrambled two squadrons to Odessa. Thei mission was to constrain the ship to surrender or sin her. On 30 June, the battleships Tri Sviatitelia, Dvenadsat Apostolov, and Georgii Pobedonosets of the first squadron arrived but they turned away. The second squadron (Rostislav and Sinop) led by Vice Admiral Aleksander Krieger ordered the first suqadron's ships to proceed to Odessa anyway. Potemkin this time made a daring sortie, preparing to fire against the combined squadrons. However both sides declined to open fire. In the end, Captain Kolands of Dvenadsat Apostolov ordered a ramming on Potemkin, and when close enough, to detonate his ship's magazines. His own crew prevented the move. Vice Admiral Aleksander Krieger, not sure of the loyalty of his crews eventually ordered his ships to fall back. On Georgii Pobedonosets the crew mutinied in turn however and joined Potemkin.

The old Pobiedonosetz
The old battleship Pobiedonosetz, which also mutinied, but was retaken by loyalists and ran aground in Odessa.

The Romanian escapade

The Battleship Georgii Pobedonosets was soon in turmoil and the nex day at noon, the loyalists retook control of the ship and ran her aground in the harbour. Deprived of this help and fearing a blocus, the Potemkin's reavolutionary comitted voted to sail together with Ismail for Constanța, in Romania, to restock food, water and coal. However upon their arrival, the Romanians refused to provide supplies, and the Russian ships were threated by the small protected cruiser Elisabeta. At some point, the crew asked to pucrchase it, which was refused also. The committee next voted to reach the smaller port of Theodosia in Crimea to resupply. They arrived in the morning of 5 July, but there too, the city governor refused to supply them anything but some food. The mutineers then tried to land a party and proceed to capture by force several barges of coal. They were soon ambushed and killed or captured by the port garrison. Then the mutineers decided to sail to Constanța again, they reached on 7 July.


The Potemkine in Constanta, hoisting the Romanian Navy Flag. The mutiny was over.

It was time for realism about the failure of the mutiny. The Mutineers and Romanians negotiated a sortie: The latter agreed to give them asylum at the condition they would disarm themselves and surrender the battleship. The small TB however made the decision to return to Sevastopol instead, and surrender to local authorities. Captain Negru, the Romanian harbour commander came aboard at noon, hoisting the Romanian flag. The ship was then guided to the inner harbor. Matushenko however ordered to release the Kingston valves in order to sink the Potemkine. She slowly sat down on the bottom, half submerged, the bridge still above water and artillery ready to fire if needed.

Epilogue

Rear Admiral Pisarevsky was sent to Constanța on the morning of 9 July to retreive the Potemkine. He found the battleship half sunk and flying the Romanian flag, and negotiations started with the Romanian Government. Eventually, the battleship was handed over, a Russian Navy Ensign raised and she was refloated with relative ease. However salt water had damaged the engines and boilers. She was able however to leave Constanța with a new crew on 10 July, towed back to Sevastopol. She arrived there on 14 July to be renamed Panteleimon (after Saint Pantaleon) in October 1905, erasing the souvenir of the mutiny. There has been in the fall of the the year in November another attempt of mutiny onboard the protected cruiser Ochakov but it was easily suppressed. Later both Panteleimon and Ochakov were disarmed.

Eisenstein's Movie (1922)

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The mutiny was immortalized in a movie that is still seen today in the top te most historically important movies of all time. Directed by Sergei Eisenstein in his 1925 this silent film was not shot on the real Battleship Potemkin, gone by then. It was filmed shortly after the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War, but on the derelict battleship Dvenadsat Apostolov . Eisenstein emphasised the role of the mutineers, implying it failed because Matushenko and the other leaders were not committed Bolsheviks. He change some facts and bended events in order to dramatize the stiory, ignoring rioter and soldiers fighting and the very famous sequence on the steps. The emphasis was made on collective action and not individuals. Nowadays this movie can bee seen in its integrality for free, since rights are extinct.

Second life: Panteleimon in WW1

Panteleimon was fully restored in active conditions, her engines and boilers cleaned up, and she received an experimental underwater communications set in February 1909. The same year, she accidentally rammed the submarine Kambala, which was a total loss. She would visit again Constanța in 1911, but ran aground on 2 October. The damage was quite serious but it was not taken in account before several month. She made several training and gunnery sessions until 1912 and was repaired that year fully. The boiler foundations, plating and hull frames were replaced, in fact the whole powerplant was replaced. This ended on 25 April 1912.

She served as the flagship of the 1st Battleship Brigade in company of Evstafi, Ioann Zlatoust, and Tri Sviatitelia, while Rostislav shelled Trebizond on the morning of 17 November 1914. They were intercepted the next day by the Ottoman battlecruiser Yavuz and light cruiser Midilli back to Sevastopol (Battle of Cape Sarych). Conditions were foggy and Panteleimon held fire because her turrets could not spot the German ships until the end of the engagement.

The mouth of the Bosphorus on 18 March 1915 was agains shelled by Tri Sviatitelia and Rostislav, trying to divert troops and attention from Gallipoli. Panteleimon, Ioann Zlatoust and Evstafi were held as a distant cover north. The operation the next day was postponed due to heavy fog. In April however, Yavuz and other ships raided the Russian crimean coast, notably Odessa. The Russian battleship squadron scrambled in hot pursuit but never got the chance to close the distance. On 25 April Tri Sviatitelia and Rostislav made another raid, still the with the battleship as a northern cover and in May, twice the same battleships and Panteleimon shelled Turkish forts again.

On 9 May, Tri Sviatitelia and Panteleimon raided the forts and Yavuz intercepted the three covering ships but the duel stopped with no hit. Tri Sviatitelia and Pantelimon later however scored two hits on Yavuz before she broke off after a six hours chase. On 1 August, the Black Sea pre-dreadnoughts joined 2nd Battleship Brigade, replaced by the new dreadnought Imperatritsa Mariya class. On 1 October the latter provided distant cover for Ioann Zlatoust and Pantelimon to shell Zonguldak while Evstafi shelled Kozlu. Panteleimon also bombarded Varna twice (Bulgaia) in October 1915 and in 27 October she entered Varna Bay, hitting two anchored German submarines. She also supported Russian troops in 1916 after the capture of Trebizond and raided the northwestern Anatolian coast in January 1917.

Photo of the Potemkine on navsource narod.ru
Photo of the Potemkine on navsource narod.ru

During this sweep, Panteleimon managed to sink 39 Ottoman sailing ships. On 13 April 1917 the February Revolution broke out, and the Panteleimon changed named for Potemkin-Tavricheskiy and on 11 May to Borets za svobodu ("Freedom Fighter"). She was placed in reserve in March 1918 but soon captured by Germans troops in Sevastopol to month later. The ship was handed over to the Allies after the Armistice but the British destroyed her engines in April 1919 before leaving Crimea. Bolsheviks then could not use her against the White Russians. She was captured by both the the Reds and Whites during the Civil War, and eventually abandoned by the White Russians in November 1920. She was left there to rot three years, and scheduled for scrap in early 1923, but only stricken in November 1925.

Blueprint of the Potemkine

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Princesa de Asturias (1896)
Aragon class (1879)
Velasco class (1881)
Isla de Luzon (1886)
Alfonso XII class (1887)
Reina Regentes class (1887)

Destructor class (1886)
Temerario class (1891)
TGunboat Filipinas (1892)
De Molina class (1896)
Furor class (1896)
Audaz class (1897)
Spanish TBs (1878-87)
Fernando class gunboats (1875)
Concha class gunboats (1883)

US Navy 1898 1898 US Navy
USS Maine (1889)
USS Texas (1892)
Indiana class (1893)
USS Iowa (1896)

Amphitrite class (1876)
USS Puritan (1882)
USS Monterey (1891)

Atlanta class (1884)
USS Chicago (1885)
USS Charleston (1888)
USS Baltimore (1888)
USS Philadelphia (1889)
USS San Francisco (1889)
USS Newark (1890)
USS New York (1891)
USS Olympia (1892)
Cincinatti class (1892)
Montgomery class (1893)
Columbia class (1893)
USS Brooklyn (1895)

USS Vesuvius (1888)
USS Katahdin (1893)
USN Torpedo Boats (1886-1901)
GB USS Dolphin (1884)
Yorktown class GB (1888)
GB USS Petrel (1888)
GB USS Bancroft (1892)
Machias class GB (1891)
GB USS Nashville (1895)
Wilmington class GB (1895)
Annapolis class GB (1896)
Wheeling class GB (1897)
Small gunboats (1886-95)
St Louis class AMC (1894)
Harvard class AMC (1888)
USN Armoured Merchant Cruisers
USN Armed Yachts

WW1

☉ Entente Fleets

British ww1 Royal Navy
WW1 British Battleships
Majestic class (1894)
Canopus class (1897)
Formidable class (1898)
London class (1899)
Duncan class (1901)
King Edward VII class (1903)
Swiftsure class (1903)
Lord Nelson class (1906)
HMS Dreadnought (1906)
Bellorophon class (1907)
St Vincent class (1908)
HMS Neptune (1909)
Colossus class (1910)
Orion class (1911)
King George V class (1911)
Iron Duke class (1912)
Queen Elizabeth class (1913)
HMS Canada (1913)
HMS Agincourt (1913)
HMS Erin (1915)
Revenge class (1915)
B3 class (1918)

WW1 British Battlecruisers
Invincible class (1907)
Indefatigable class (1909)
Lion class (1910)
HMS Tiger (1913)
Renown class (1916)
Courageous class (1916)
G3 class (1918)

ww1 British cruisers
Blake class (1889)
Edgar class (1890)
Powerful class (1895)
Diadem class (1896)
Cressy class (1900)
Drake class (1901)
Monmouth class (1901)
Devonshire class (1903)
Duke of Edinburgh class (1904)
Warrior class (1905)
Minotaur class (1906)
Hawkins class (1917)

Apollo class (1890)
Astraea class (1893)
Eclipse class (1894)
Arrogant class (1896)
Pelorus class (1896)
Highflyer class (1898)
Gem class (1903)
Adventure class (1904)
Forward class (1904)
Pathfinder class (1904)
Sentinel class (1904)
Boadicea class (1908)
Blonde class (1910)
Active class (1911)
'Town' class (1909-1913)
Arethusa class (1913)
'C' class series (1914-1922)
'D' class (1918)
'E' class (1918)

WW1 British Seaplane Carriers
HMS Ark Royal (1914)
HMS Campania (1893)
HMS Argus (1917)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Vindictive (1918)
HMS Hermes (1919)

WW1 British Destroyers
River class (1903)
Cricket class (1906)
Tribal class (1907)
HMS Swift (1907)
Beagle class (1909)
Acorn class (1910)
Acheron class (1911)
Acasta class (1912)
Laforey class (1913)
M/repeat M class (1914)
Faulknor class FL (1914)
T class (1915)
Parker class FL (1916)
R/mod R class (1916)
V class (1917)
V class FL (1917)
Shakespeare class FL (1917)
Scott class FL (1917)
W/mod W class (1917)
S class (1918)

WW1 British Torpedo Boats
125ft series (1885)
140ft series (1892)
160ft series (1901)
27-knotters (1894)
30-knotters (1896)
33-knotters (1896)

WW1 British Submarines
Nordenfelt Submarines (1885)
Flower class sloops
British Gunboats of WWI
British P-Boats (1915)
Kil class (1917)
British ww1 Minesweepers
Z-Whaler class patrol crafts
British ww1 CMB
British ww1 Auxiliaries

✠ Central Empires

⚑ Neutral Countries

Europe
Bulgarian Navy Bulgaria
Danish Navy 1914 Denmark
Greek Royal Navy Greece

Dutch Empire Navy 1914 Netherlands
Norwegian Navy 1914 Norway

Portuguese navy 1914 Portugal

Romanian Navy 1914 Romania
Spanish Armada Spain Swedish Navy 1914 Sweden


WW2

✪ Allied ww2 Fleets

US ww2 US Navy
WW2 American Battleships
Wyoming class (1911)
New York class (1912)
Nevada class (1914)
Pennsylvania class (1915)
New Mexico class (1917)
Tennessee Class (1919)
Colorado class (1921)
North Carolina class (1940)
South Dakota class (1941)
Iowa class (1942)
Montana class (cancelled)

WW2 American Cruisers
Omaha class cruisers (1920)
Northampton class heavy cruisers (1929)
Pensacola class heavy Cruisers (1928)
Portland class heavy cruisers (1931)
New Orleans class cruisers (1933)
Brooklyn class cruisers (1936)
USS Wichita (1937)
Atlanta class light cruisers (1941)
Cleveland class light Cruisers (1942)
Baltimore class heavy cruisers (1942)
Alaska class heavy cruisers (1944)

WW2 USN Aircraft Carriers
USS Langley (1920)
Lexington class CVs (1927)
USS Ranger (CV-4)
USS Wasp (CV-7)
Yorktown class aircraft carriers (1936)
Long Island class (1940)
Independence class CVs (1942)
Essex class CVs (1942)
Bogue class CVEs (1942)
Sangamon class CVEs (1942)
Casablanca class CVEs (1943)
Commencement Bay class CVEs (1944)
Midway class CVs (1945)
Saipan class CVs (1945)

WW2 American destroyers
Wickes class (1918)
Clemson class (1920)
Farragut class (1934)
Porter class (1935)
Mahan class (1935)
Gridley class (1936)
Bagley class (1936)
Somers class (1937)
Benham class (1938)
Sims class (1938)
Benson class (1939)
Fletcher class (1942)
Sumner class (1943)
Gearing class (1945)

GMT Evarts class (1942)
TE Buckley class (1943)
TEV/WGT Rudderow classs (1943)
DET/FMR Cannon class
Asheville/Tacoma class

WW2 American Submarines
Barracuda class
USS Argonaut
Narwhal class
USS Dolphin
Cachalot class
Porpoise class
Shark class
Perch class
Salmon class
Sargo class
Tambor class
Mackerel class
Gato Class

USS Terror (1941)
Raven class Mnsp (1940)
Admirable class Mnsp (1942)
Eagle class sub chasers (1918)
PC class sub chasers
SC class sub chasers
PCS class sub chasers
YMS class Mot. Mnsp
PT-Boats
ww2 US gunboats
ww2 US seaplane tenders
USS Curtiss ST (1940)
Currituck class ST
Tangier class ST
Barnegat class ST

US Coat Guardships
Lake class
Northland class
Treasury class
Owasco class
Wind class
Algonquin class
Thetis class
Active class

US Amphibious ships & crafts
US Amphibious Operations
Doyen class AT
Harris class AT
Dickman class AT
Bayfield class AT
Windsor class AT
Ormsby class AT
Funston class AT
Sumter class AT
Haskell class AT
Andromeda class AT
Gilliam class AT
APD-1 class LT
APD-37 class LT
LSV class LS
LSD class LS
Landing Ship Tank
LSM class LS
LSM(R) class SS
LCI(L) LC
LCT(6) LC
LCV class LC
LCVP class LC
LCM(3) class LC
LCP(L) class LC
LCP(R) class SC
LCL(L)(3) class FSC
LCS(S) class FSC
British ww2 Royal Navy

WW2 British Battleships
Queen Elisabeth class (1913)
Revenge class (1915)
Nelson class (1925)
King Georges V class (1939)
Lion class (Started)
HMS Vanguard (1944)
Renown class (1916)
HMS Hood (1920)

WW2 British Cruisers
British C class cruisers (1914-1922)
Hawkins class cruisers (1917)
British D class cruisers (1918)
Enterprise class cruisers (1919)
HMS Adventure (1924)
County class cruisers (1926)
York class cruisers (1929)
Surrey class cruisers (project)
Leander class cruisers (1931)
Arethusa class cruisers (1934)
Perth class cruisers (1934)
Town class cruisers (1936)
Dido class cruisers (1939)
Abdiel class cruisers (1939)
Fiji class cruisers (1941)
Bellona class cruisers (1942)
Swiftsure class cruisers (1943)
Tiger class cruisers (1944)

WW2 British Aircraft Carriers
Courageous class aircraft carriers (1928)
HMS Ark Royal (1937)
HMS Eagle (1918)
HMS Furious (1917)
HMS Hermes (1919)
Illustrious class (1939)
HMS Indomitable (1940)
Implacable class (1942)
Malta class (project)
HMS Unicorn (1941)
Colossus class (1943)
Majestic class (1944)
Centaur class (started 1944)

HMS Archer (1939)
HMS Argus (1917)
Avenger class (1940)
Attacker class (1941)
HMS Audacity (1941)
HMS Activity (1941)
HMS Pretoria Castle (1941)
Ameer class (1942)
Merchant Aircraft Carriers (1942)
Vindex class (1943)

WW2 British Destroyers
Shakespeare class (1917)
Scott class (1818)
V class (1917)
S class (1918)
W class (1918)
A/B class (1926)
C/D class (1931)
G/H/I class (1935)
Tribal class (1937)
J/K/N class (1938)
Hunt class DE (1939)
L/M class (1940)
O/P class (1942)
Q/R class (1942)
S/T/U//V/W class (1942)
Z/ca class (1943)
Ch/Co/Cr class (1944)
Battle class (1945)
Weapon class (1945)

WW2 British submarines
L9 class (1918)
HMS X1 (1923)
Oberon class (1926)
Parthian class (1929)
Rainbow class (1930)
Thames class (1932)
Swordfish class (1932)
HMS Porpoise (1932)
Grampus class (1935)
Shark class (1934)
Triton class (1937)
Undine class (1937)
U class (1940)
S class (1941)
T class (1941)
X-Craft midget (1942)
A class (1944)

WW2 British Amphibious Ships and Landing Crafts
LSI(L) class
LSI(M/S) class
LSI(H) class
LSS class
LSG class
LSC class
Boxer class LST

LST(2) class
LST(3) class
LSH(L) class
LSF classes (all)
LCI(S) class
LCS(L2) class
LCT(I) class
LCT(2) class
LCT(R) class
LCT(3) class
LCT(4) class
LCT(8) class
LCT(4) class
LCG(L)(4) class
LCG(M)(1) class

British ww2 Landing Crafts
LCA
LCP
LCM

WW2 British MTB/gunboats.
WW2 British MTBs
MTB-1 class (1936)
MTB-24 class (1939)
MTB-41 class (1940)
MTB-424 class (1944)
MTB-601 class (1942)
MA/SB class (1938)
MTB-412 class (1942)
MGB 6 class (1939)
MGB-47 class (1940)
MGB 321 (1941)
MGB 501 class (1942)
MGB 511 class (1944)
MGB 601 class (1942)
MGB 2001 class (1943)

WW2 British Gunboats

Denny class (1941)
Fairmile A (1940)
Fairmile B (1940)
HDML class (1940)

WW2 British Sloops
Bridgewater class (2090)
Hastings class (1930)
Shoreham class (1930)
Grimsby class (1934)
Bittern class (1937)
Egret class (1938)
Black Swan class (1939)

WW2 British Frigates
River class (1943)
Loch class (1944)
Bay class (1944)

WW2 British Corvettes
Kingfisher class (1935)
Shearwater class (1939)
Flower class (1940)
Mod. Flower class (1942)
Castle class (1943)

WW2 British Misc.
WW2 British Monitors
Roberts class monitors (1941)
Halcyon class minesweepers (1933)
Bangor class minesweepers (1940)
Bathurst class minesweepers (1940)
Algerine class minesweepers (1941)
Motor Minesweepers (1937)
ww2 British ASW trawlers
Basset class trawlers (1935)
Tree class trawlers (1939)
HMS Albatross seaplane carrier
WW2 British river gunboats

HMS Guardian netlayer
HMS Protector netlayer
HMS Plover coastal mines.
Medway class sub depot ships
HMS Resource fleet repair
HMS Woolwhich DD depot ship
HMS Tyne DD depot ship
Maidstone class sub depot ships
HmS Adamant sub depot ship

Athene class aircraft transport
British ww2 AMCs
British ww2 OBVs
British ww2 ABVs
British ww2 Convoy Escorts
British ww2 APVs
British ww2 SSVs
British ww2 SGAVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Mines.
British ww2 CAAAVs
British ww2 Paddle Mines.
British ww2 MDVs
British ww2 Auxiliary Minelayers
British ww2 armed yachts

✙ Axis ww2 Fleets

Japan ww2 Imperial Japanese Navy
WW2 Japanese Battleships
Kongō class Fast Battleships (1912)
Fuso class battleships (1915)
Ise class battleships (1917)
Nagato class Battleships (1919)
Yamato class Battleships (1941)
B41 class Battleships (project)

WW2 Japanese cruisers
Tenryū class cruisers (1918)
Kuma class cruisers (1919)
Nagara class (1920)
Sendai class Cruisers (1923)
IJN Yūbari (1923)
Furutaka class Cruisers (1925)
Aoba class heavy cruisers (1926)
Nachi class Cruisers (1927)
Takao class cruisers (1930)
Mogami class cruisers (1932)
Tone class cruisers (1937)
Katori class cruisers (1939)
Agano class cruisers (1941)
Oyodo (1943)

Seaplane & Aircraft Carriers
Hōshō (1921)
IJN Akagi (1925)
IJN Kaga (1927)
IJN Ryujo (1931)
IJN Soryu (1935)
IJN Hiryu (1937)
Shokaku class (1937)
Zuiho class (1936) comp.40
Ruyho (1933) comp.42
Junyo class (1941)
IJN Taiho (1943)
Chitose class (comp. 1943)
IJN Shinano (1944)
Unryu class (1944)
IJN Ibuki (1942)

Taiyo class (1940)
IJN Kaiyo (1938)
IJN Shinyo (1934)

Notoro (1920)
Kamoi (1922)
Chitose class (1936)
Mizuho (1938)
Nisshin (1939)

IJN Aux. Seaplane tenders
Akistushima (1941)
Shimane Maru class (1944)
Yamashiro Maru class (1944)

Imperial Japanese Navy Aviation

WW2 Japanese Destroyers
Mutsuki class (1925)
Fubuki class (1927)
Akatsuki class (1932)
Hatsuharu class (1932)
Shiratsuyu class (1935)
Asashio class (1936)
Kagero class (1938)
Yugumo class (1941)
Akitsuki class (1941)
IJN Shimakaze (1942)

WW2 Japanese Submarines
KD1 class (1921)
Koryu class
Kaiten class
Kairyu class
IJN Midget subs

WW2 Japanese Amphibious ships/Crafts
Shinshu Maru class (1935)
Akistu Maru class (1941)
Kumano Maru class (1944)
SS class LS (1942)
T1 class LS (1944)
T101 class LS (1944)
T103 class LS (1944)
Shohatsu class LC (1941)
Chuhatsu class LC (1942)
Moku Daihatsu class (1942)
Toku Daihatsu class (1944)

WW2 Japanese minelayers
IJN Armed Merchant Cruisers
WW2 Japanese Escorts
Tomozuru class (1933)
Otori class (1935)
Matsu class (1944)
Tachibana class (1944)
Ioshima class (1944)
WW2 Japanese Sub-chasers
WW2 Japanese MLs
Shinyo class SB

⚑ Neutral

Armada de Argentina Argentinian Navy

Rivadavia class Battleships
Cruiser La Argentina
Veinticinco de Mayo class cruisers
Argentinian Destroyers
Santa Fe class sub. Bouchard class minesweepers King class patrol vessels

Marinha do Brasil Brazilian Navy

Minas Gerais class Battleships (1912)
Cruiser Bahia
Brazilian Destroyers
Humaita class sub.
Tupi class sub.

Armada de Chile Armada de Chile

Almirante Latorre class battleships
Cruiser Esmeralda (1896)
Cruiser Chacabuco (1911)
Chilean DDs
Fresia class subs
Capitan O’Brien class subs

Søværnet Danish Navy

Niels Juel
Danish ww2 Torpedo-Boats Danish ww2 submarines Danish ww2 minelayer/sweepers

Merivoimat Finnish Navy

Coastal BB Ilmarinen
Finnish ww2 submarines
Finnish ww2 minelayers

Nautiko Hellenon Hellenic Navy

Greek ww2 Destroyers
Greek ww2 submarines
Greek ww2 minelayers

Marynarka Vojenna Polish Navy

Polish ww2 Destroyers
Polish ww2 cruisers
Polish ww2 minelayer/sweepers

Portuguese navy ww2 Portuguese Navy

Douro class DDs
Delfim class sub
Velho class gb
Albuquerque class gb
Nunes class sloops

Romanian Navy Romanian Navy

Romanian ww2 Destroyers
Romanian ww2 Submarines

Royal Norwegian Navy Sjøforsvaret

Norwegian ww2 Torpedo-Boats

Spanish Armada Spanish Armada

España class Battleships
Blas de Lezo class cruisers
Canarias class cruisers
Cervera class cruisers
Cruiser Navarra
Spanish Destroyers
Spanish Submarines
Dedalo seaplane tender
Spanish Gunboats
Spanish Minelayers

Svenska Marinen Svenska Marinen

Gustav V class BBs (1918)
Interwar swedish BB projects

Tre Kronor class (1943)
Gotland (1933)
Fylgia (1905)

Ehrernskjold class DDs (1926)
Psilander class DDs (1926)
Klas Horn class DDs (1931)
Romulus class DDs (1934)
Göteborg class DDs (1935)
Mode class DDs (1942)
Visby class DDs (1942)
Öland class DDs (1945)

Swedish ww2 TBs
Swedish ww2 Submarines
Swedish ww2 Minelayers
Swedish ww2 MTBs
Swedish ww2 Patrol Vessels
Swedish ww2 Minesweepers

Türk Donanmasi Turkish Navy

Turkish ww2 Destroyers
Turkish ww2 submarines

Royal Yugoslav Navy Royal Yugoslav Navy

Dubrovnik class DDs
Beograd class DDs
Hrabi class subs

Royal Thai Navy Royal Thai Navy

Taksin class
Ratanakosindra class
Sri Ayuthia class
Puket class
Tachin class
Sinsamudar class sub

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