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Battleship Comparisons


Below is a chart comparing the USS Oregon to other famous battleships :

 Oregon

Dreadnought

Bismarck

Yamato

Missouri

 Country

United States

Great Britain

Germany

Japan

United States

 Year

1896

1906

1940

1941

1944

 Length

 351' 3"

527'

823' 5"

862' 9"

883' 2"

 Beam

 69' 2"

82' 1"

118' 1"

121'1"

108'2"
 Displacement

 11,688

21,845

 50,153

72,809

55,710

Trial Speed

16.79

21.6

30.1

27.46

33

Main Battery

4 x 13"

10 x 12"

8 x 15"

9 x 18.1"

9 x 16"

Sec. Battery

8 x 6"

27 x 12 pdr

12 x 5.9"

12 x 6.1"

20 x 5"

 Torpedoes

6 x 18"

5 x 18"

0

0

0

 Crew

473

773

2,092

2,200

2,270

Notes on chart-

Year = Ship put in commission

Length = Overall length

Beam = Overall width

Displacement = Full loaded weight

Trial Speed = Top speed ship performed on trials

Main Battery = Main armament

Sec. Battery = Secondary Armament

Crew = Total compliment

All of the ships listed above possessed other armament, but is not listed. It is interesting to note how naval technology advanced and how this was applied to battleships.

Ship Notes

HMS Dreadnought - The first major warship designed to carry all "big-gun" armament. Served during World War I and finally scrapped in 1923. Only ship in its class.

KMS Bismarck - Largest battleship built by the German Navy in World War II. Ship that sank HMS Hood on May 24, 1941. Sunk on May 27, 1941 by combined British battleships and carrier aircraft. Sister ship KMS Tirpitz sunk Nov 12, 1944.

IJN Yamato - Largest battleship ever built and mounting the largest naval rifles ever placed on a warship. Sunk April 7, 1945. Sister ships IJN Musashi sunk October 24, 1944 and IJN Shinano (completed as an Aircraft Carrier) sunk November 29, 1944.

USS Missouri - Third of the four ship Iowa class. Considered by many to be the ultimate in battleship design, combining massive firepower, armor, and speed. Official Japanese surrender took place on Missouri. Sister ships included USS Iowa, USS New Jersey, and USS Wisconsin. Ships of this class also saw action in Korea, Vietnam, off the coast of Lebanon, and the Arabian Gulf. Last class of battleship built for the U.S. Navy and last battleships used by any navy. All are currently intact and on the inactive list of the U.S. Navy.


Below is a comparison of battleships from other countries that were similar in design to the USS Oregon during the late 1890s:

 Oregon

Majestic

Petropavlovsk

Kaiser

Charlemagne

 Country
United States

Great Britain

Russia

Germany

France

 Year

1896

1895

1899

1898

1899

 Length

 351' 3"

421'

369'

411'

374'

 Beam

 69' 2"

75'

70'

67'

66' 5"
 Displacement

 11,688

14,890

 11,354

11,599

11,100

Trial Speed

16.79

17

16.5

17

18

Main Battery

4 x 13"

4 x 12"

4 x 12"

4 x 240mm

4 x 12"

Sec. Battery

8 x 6"

12 x 6"

12 x 6"

18 x 150mm

10 x 5.5"

 Torpedoes

6 x 18"

5 x 18"

6 x 18"

6 x 450mm

2 x 18"

 Crew

473

672

632

651

694

Ship Notes

Majestic - Royal Navy. Largest battleship built by Great Britain at that time. Total of nine ships in class. Very seaworthy ships, but high fuel consumption. Majestic was torpedoed and sunk by a German U-Boat in the Eastern Mediterranean during World War I.

Petropavlovsk - Russian Navy. Three in class. All three ships of this class were at Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War of 1905. Petropavlovsk was destroyed by the explosion of her ammunition magazines after striking a mine.

Kaiser - German Navy. Five ships in class. As compared to British battleships, they had a light main armament but heavy secondary armament. All were disarmed in 1916 and broken up in 1920.

Charlemagne - French Navy. Three ships in class. Fair armament but light armor protection above the waterline left this class of ships vulnerable to damage. All three ships served in World War I with only one being lost.

Information derived from "Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905". 

 

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