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Apollo class cruisers

United Kingdom (1890-91) - 21 cruisers The 'Mythologic' 2nd class protected cruisers The Apollo class were in WW1 already in...
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Apollo class cruisers

Pao Min (1885)

Chinese Nanyang Fleet One of the forgotten gunboat-size Chinese cruisers In 1880 the concept of cruiser was rather new. Not...
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Pao Min (1885)

Alberto di Giussano class cruisers

Italy 4 ships (1930) Giussano, Barbiano, Colleoni, Bande Nere. The famous "Condotierri" cruiser class was an invention from postwar authors,...
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Alberto di Giussano class cruisers

[New Page] Cold French Navy

The Marine Nationale between 1945 and 1990 is the object of a new dedicated portal page. Arguably today the European's...
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[New Page] Cold French Navy

Type-VII Class

Nazi Germany (1933) About 700 subs A Massive Improvement of U-Boat designs If German tanks, aircraft and small arms from...
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Type-VII Class

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. 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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