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Aircraft carrier Aquila

The Italian never was carrierThe Aquila and Sparviero aircraft carriers were among the well-known unfinished ships of WW2. Both proceeded...
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Aircraft carrier Aquila

Eagle Boats (1918)

USA (1918) 60 ASW vessels PE1-60. Ancestors of WW2 PC Boats: The Eagle Boats The 'Eagle boats' resulted from a...
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Eagle Boats (1918)

Borodino class battleships (1901)

Russia (1901) Borodino, Knyaz Suvorov, Imperator Aleksander III, Orjol, Slava The Russian battleships of Tsushima Built in a rush to...
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Borodino class battleships (1901)

WW1 German Battleships

Germany (1890-1919) ww1 german battleships in a nutshell In 1890, there was little concern for the German Navy, let alone...
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WW1 German Battleships

Queen Elizabeth class Battleships (1913)

United Kingdom (1913-1914) - HMS Queen Elizabeth, Warspite, Barham, Malaya, Valiant PART I: A new breed of super dreadnoughts The...
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Queen Elizabeth class Battleships (1913)

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 twentieth 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. Specialization and optimization helped global trade in the last XXth century, and especially the XXIth one frequently called “globalized”, based on the consumer society. The challenges world’s fleets are facing are huge, traducing like always the shifting weight of nations in geopolitics. 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, costliest, mightiest, and sometimes most complex vehicles ever designed.

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Chilean Navy WW2

Chilean Navy WW2

The Chilean Navy after the Great war Before even WW1, Chile was engaged in a vivid naval arms race, from 1887 to 1902 against Argentina. Chile by that time dominated the pacific and had grand plans of extension. Chile even had a reputation of invincibility due to its stunning victories in the Pacific and during … Continue reading "Chilean Navy WW2" ...
The Swedish Navy in the Cold War (Svenska Marinen )

The Swedish Navy in the Cold War (Svenska Marinen )

In 1990: -12 submarines -29 FACs -2 missile Corvettes -18 Patrol Boats -3 Minelayers -22 Minesweepers -6 icebreakers The Swedish Navy: Facing the USSR Sweden’s Fleet dominated the Baltic in 1947 and for some years after while her war-ravaged neighbours recovered. New ships and vessels, from heavily armed, very fast cruisers to small high speed … Continue reading "The Swedish Navy in the Cold War (Svenska Marinen )" ...
RAN (Royal Australian Navy) in WW2

RAN (Royal Australian Navy) in WW2

The Royal Australian Navy in 1939-45 With interwar and wartime provision of Royal Navy ships and some built in situ, the RAN (Royal Australian Navy) was one of the most powerful in the Pacific at the end world war two, and one of the most active as well, with many battle honors on the Pacific … Continue reading "RAN (Royal Australian Navy) in WW2" ...
Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)

Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)

The commonwealth underdog HMNZS Achilles The Royal New Zealand Navy was the third Commonwealth fleet in importance: When thinking of commonwealth navies during the war, the three major fleets often cited were the RCAN or Royal Canadian Navy, the RAN or Royal Australian Navy, and the RNZN. By pure laziness and reference to WW1 it … Continue reading "Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN)" ...

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Battle of Midway (4-7 June 1942)

Battle of Midway (4-7 June 1942)

US Navy VS. Imperial Japanese Navy The turning point of the Pacific The Battle of Midway was one of these moments in history that acts a bit as a hinge, or a crest between two slopes. A downward slope for Japan in this occurence. Until then, never had the USN in such bad position in … Continue reading "Battle of Midway (4-7 June 1942)" ...
Battle of Tsingtao (August-Nov. 1914)

Battle of Tsingtao (August-Nov. 1914)

Japanese Navy vs German Navy Introduction: The first air-land-sea battle The battle of Tsingtao was one of these twists of history which seems odd to us today: Both Axis members of WW2, Germany and Japan, were indeed at each other’s throat at Tsingtao, a German-held colony in China twenty years prior. Officially, the attack of … Continue reading "Battle of Tsingtao (August-Nov. 1914)" ...
Battle of Elli and Lemnos (1912-13)

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 Eight years after Tsushima, and just before the Great war, Mediterranean naval powers clashed upon territorial and sovereignty questions. The Balkans separated from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, already in the XIXth century considered the “sick … Continue reading "Battle of Elli and Lemnos (1912-13)" ...
The Battle of lissa (1866)

The Battle of lissa (1866)

Lissa, the Trafalgar of ironclads While on the other side of the Atlantic, a young nation still constructing was reeling from its worst, first, and last civil war, innovating and experimenting in naval matters along the way, new nations of turbulent Europe were struggling for independence. A particular ship of that era, the ironclad, was … Continue reading "The Battle of lissa (1866)" ...