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    On the move.

    A great day for the USS Texas the very last surviving WWI Battleship so glad the USAicon is preserving her for generations to come.
    Sadly her screws are gone being bronze I gather they'd be worth a pretty penny as scrap.


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    Should have been HMS Queen Elizabeth moored where the Belfast is today. Pity Dreadnought wasn't preserved either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Should have been HMS Queen Elizabeth moored where the Belfast is today.
    KGV would have been the one to have preserved there.
    Just the thing for putting round holes in square heads.

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    Would have been hard to choose, but QE was in both wars so that would tip the hat IMHO.

    Just looking at a few photos of KGV: striking the damage done to her bows by collision with a destroyer, versus the way Queen Mary chopped that cruiser in half with little damage (IIRC)
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    Pre dreadnought Mikasa is preserved. I don't think it's in water anymore though.
    It's the oldest preserved battleship, 1899, and the only surviving Britishicon constructed battleship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surpmil View Post
    Would have been hard to choose, but QE was in both wars so that would tip the hat IMHO.
    But Warspite had the most battle honours of any Royal Navy ship and was also a WW1 era QE class, so perhaps the Grand Old Lady should have been the one picked.
    I'd still have picked KGV though because of the Bismark action.
    Just the thing for putting round holes in square heads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BVZ24 View Post
    Pre dreadnought Mikasa is preserved. I don't think it's in water anymore though.
    It's the oldest preserved battleship, 1899, and the only surviving Britishicon constructed battleship.
    Isn't that ironic!

    Mikasa's former opponent at Tsushima the cruiser Aurora is still afloat in St. Petersburg.

    I just had a look at her Wiki page and it says some of the armour (main belt?) was made in Britain.
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    I found that it was manufactured at Vickers, a very similar design to the Formidable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BVZ24 View Post
    I found that it was manufactured at Vickers, a very similar design to the Formidable.
    By that you mean the Mikasa? Kongo was the last IJN ship entirely built in Britainicon IIRC.

    Probably would have been a good place to build the new RN ships, seeing as the industrial roles are more or less reversed now.
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