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Battle of Elli and Lemnos (1912-13)

Greek Navy vs Turkish Ottoman Navy The Battles of the Aegean sea, a prelude to the great war at sea...
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Battle of Elli and Lemnos (1912-13)

Type 053H Jianghu class Frigates (1974)

Chinese PLAN (1974-96) 18 ships The Jianghu class in a nutshell The Type 053 was the staple of Chinese PLAN...
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Type 053H Jianghu class Frigates (1974)

Tri Sviatitelia (1894)

Russia (1894) Single Battleship The "Three Holy Hierarchs" was an early 1890s pre-dreadnought battleship of the Imperial Russian Navy, the...
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Tri Sviatitelia (1894)

WW2 British Aircraft Carriers

The leading nation in aircraft carriers If the United States are remembered today for a considerable fleet of aircraft carriers,...
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WW2 British Aircraft Carriers

Søværnet: The Royal Danish Navy in WW2

A small coastal force which never had the chance to fight Although perhaps one of the least-known about belligerent fleet...
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Søværnet: The Royal Danish Navy in WW2

The First Online Warship Museum

What it is about ?

Naval Encyclopedia is the first online warship museum. Dedicated to the history of all ships of the industrial era, roughly since 1820 to this day. Although the main scope is about the XXth century through four main eras (WW1 and second world war, cold war and modern-day fleets), the website also covers (and will cover) civilian liners, first steamers, ships from the age of sail from the ancient ships of classical antiquity to medieval ships and renaissance vessels up to the enlightenment era ships which ambition also to cover most main types of ships of the time and famous examples.

Naval History is indeed quite old and warships has been a constant evolution, just as tactics which adapted to existing sources of power. The wind and human power (rows) and from the XIXth century, steam power and the rule of fossil fuels, up to the dominance of nuclear energy for the most valuable assets. There has been path of divergence and convergence also between civilian ships and their navy counterparts, like the famous Galleons of the XVI-XVIIth century that blended the role of cargo and warship. This survived well into the XXth on civilian ships, first as a precaution (like fake ports) then as a tradition on mixed and tall ships.
Nowadays the most complex hand-built moving crafts ever designed by mankind, arguably, are nuclear submarines. Differentiation between civilian and military vessels has not be that great and the challenge they face are equally huge, and are traducing like always, the shifting weight of nations in geopolitics, by its global reach. The rise of the Chinese Navy is a perfect example of this.

A bit of history:

Naval Encyclopedia is born in 2010, by the same creator as tanks encyclopedia. For long, it has been a dependency of navistory.com, dedicated to the age of sail, as its industrial era expansion. Now traduced in English, with navistory’s contents ported too, it is mirroring tanks encyclopedia for everything related to warships… But not only. Civilian ships has always been an interesting part of naval history, almost as exciting when thinking of huge container ships, race boats, clippers or the romance of blue ribbon luxury liners. Tanks and aviation emerged in 1915, whereas warships were already there in the Bronze age, empires makers, and are still to this day the largest, costiest, mightiest, and sometimes most complex vehicles ever designed.

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Cold War warships
Modern warships
He who controls the sea controls everything (Themistocles)

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