Monday, September 28, 2009

HMS Nelson

With all-forward main caliber, she and her sister HMS Rodney were the most unusual battleships of their time.
The glorious pair bears not a co-incidental resemblance to the megalomaniac post-Jutland concepts. Their design is more realistic and budget-minded. Anyway, these ships were huge (33,950 t standard displacement, 710 ft long), well-armed ( 9 x 16" in triple turrets, 12 x 6" plus a vast battery of AA guns) and very well protected.
Commissioned in 1927, both fought in the WWII and survived - just to be scrapped in 1949.

Photo: Maritimequest

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