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IMPERIAL RUSSIAN NAVY (RUSSIA)

CAPITAL SHIPS

BORODINO battleships (1903 - 1905)

Borodino 1904

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Император Александр III <Imperator Alexandr III>   Baltic Works, St. Petersburg 24/5/1900 3/8/1901 1903 sunk 27/5/1905
Бородино <Borodino>   New Admiralty, St. Petersburg 24/5/1900 9/9/1901 8/1904 sunk 27/5/1905
Орёл <Oryol>   Galerny Is, St. Petersburg 2/6/1900 19/7/1902 8/1904 captured by Japan 28/5/1905 (Iwami)
Князь Суворов <Knyaz' Suvorov>   Baltic Works, St. Petersburg 8/9/1901 25/9/1902 1904 sunk 27/5/1905
Слава <Slava>   Baltic Works, St. Petersburg 1/11/1902 29/8/1903 10/1905 sunk 17/10/1917

 

Displacement normal, t

15275

Slava: 14415

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

121.0

Breadth, m

23.2

Draught, m

7.97 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 20 Belleville boilers

Power, h. p.

16300

Max speed, kts

17.5 - 17.8

Fuel, t

coal 1520

Endurance, nm(kts)

3200(10)

Armour, mm

belt: 194 - 152, belt ends: 146 - 102, turrets: 254 - 102, secondary turrets: 152, battery: 76, deck: 63 - 32, CT: 203

Armament

2 x 2 - 305/38, 6 x 2 - 152/44 Canet, 20 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 2 x 1 - 63/17 Baranovski, 20 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 2 x 1 - 37/20 Hotchkiss, 8 x 1 - 7.6/94, 4 - 381 TT (1 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern)

Slava: 2 x 2 - 305/38, 6 x 2 - 152/44 Canet, 20 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 4 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 8 x 1 - 7.6/94, 4 - 381 TT (1 bow, 2 beam, 1 stern)

Complement

835

Ship project history: This ill-fated class generally resembled the Tsesarevich, with the armouring altered, but not for the better.

Ship protection: The belt was thinned and was also a foot narrower, while the 76mm side armour between the main and upper decks, covering the 75mm battery, was of little value. The upper deck was 63-38mm over this battery, while the main deck was 51mm, the lower deck 38-25mm and the torpedo bulkhead 32mm. The latter was no longer formed by a continuation of the lower deck slope, but was joined to it by a narrow flat.

Modernizations: 1914, Slava: - 8 x 1 - 75/48

1917, Slava: + 6 x 1 - 75/48 Canet (AA)

Naval service: The first four ships were present at Tsushima 27/5/1905 where the Borodino blew up from a magazine explosion caused by shell hits, the Imperator Alexandr III was sunk probably as a result of flooding from a very large shell hole near the wl forward 27/5/1905, and the Knyaz' Suvorov, badly battered by shells, sank from hits by one 450mm and two to four 350mm torpedoes 27/5/1905. The Oryol escaped large shell holes near the wl but, considerably damaged elsewhere, surrendered to the Japanese next day. She was partially reconstructed and served as the Iwami. In the First World War the Slava was frequently employed in the Gulf of Riga, and was badly damaged by the dreadnought König off Moon Sound on 17/10/1917 and, too deep in the water to escape, was blown up by own crew and additionally torpedoed by destroyer Turkmenets-Stavropolskiy.

Slava 1909

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