The First Online Warships Museum
Armoured cruisers Rossiya and Gromoboi (1896-99)
Weekly update! The Russian armoured cruisers Rossiya and Gromoboi were the largest built worldwide when out, in fact they triggered a reaction form the British Admiralty that quickly built the two Powerful in response. Designed as commerce raiders for the pacific, they had a long and colorful career which comprised the Battle of Uslan, part of the 1904-1905 Russo-Japanese war. They also served as minelayers in WW1 in the Baltic, Gromoboy briefly duelling with SMS Von der Tann in 1915.
World War One (1914-1918)
Who says the Great War was exclusively about trench warfare ? Ships did played a crucial part in the hostilities worldwide, participating in various events like the raid on Zeebruge, battle of Jutland, Helgoland, Dogger Bank, the Dardanelles landings, and first battle of the Atlantic, seeing U-Boats unleashed for the first time, sinking any ship on sight and turning the USA into the war.
World War Two (1939-1945)
This six-year long conflict saw major struggles opposing the Royal Navy and US Navy both on the seven seas to the Axis fleets, Italians in the Mediterranean, Germans from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean, and the Mighty Japanese (3rd world’s naval power) in the Pacific. Hundreds of ships built and sunk, ruling the waves on an immense theater of operations.
The Cold War (1947-90)
Both the USSR and USA superpowers boasted gigantic fleets, deploying their might in the Oceans, dissuading one another with ever-increasing and lethal sub warfare, playing a dangerous cat-and-mouse game that led to unsung heroes and tragedies. From the Suez intervention to the Falklands, half a century of naval warfare which saw the transition from the gun to the missile.
A step into the future.
Since the end of the cold war, Navies of the world experienced a shuffle in world tonnage, with the emergence of China as a new naval superpower, followed by India, the US Fleet barely competing, while Russia and the Europeans struggling with budget cuts receded far below. This was also the digital age, with automation, stealthiness, better performances and versatility.
Liners in battle dress !