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ROSTISLAV battleship (1898)

Rostislav 1914

Name No Builder Laid down Launched Comp Fate
Ростислав <Rostislav>   Nikolayev Admiralty 18/5/1895 1/9/1896 10/1898 captured by Germany 1/5/1918

 

Displacement normal, t

10140

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

107.2

Breadth, m

20.7

Draught, m

6.71 max

No of shafts

2

Machinery

VTE, 12 cylindrical boilers

Power, h. p.

8700

Max speed, kts

15.6

Fuel, t

coal 1000

Endurance, nm(kts)

3500(8)

Armour, mm

Harvey; belt: 356 - 127, turrets: 254 - 127, secondary turrets: 127, deck: 76 - 51, CT: 152

Armament

2 x 2 - 254/43, 4 x 2 - 152/44 Canet, 2 x 1 - 64/17 Baranovski, 12 x 1 - 47/40 Hotchkiss, 14 x 1 - 37/20 Hotchkiss, 6 - 381 TT (1 bow, 4 beam, 1 stern)

Complement

632

Ship project history: Black Sea Fleet. Originally intended as a sister ship to the Sisoy Velikiy, the Rostislav had her 254mm guns in French-type turrets, and the 152mm turrets were amidships on either beam. Although a slow and weak ship, the Rostislav took part in several of the early First World War Black Sea operations.

Ship protection: The main belt was 69m long and 2.1m wide, 356-254mm on the waterline with an 203-152mm lower edge. The bulkheads were compound not Harvey, and 229-127mm while the 127mm upper belt was 46m by 2.3m. The armour deck was 51mm over the main belt and 76mm at the ends, and the turret crowns 63mm.

Modernizations: 1910: - 12 x 1 - 47/40, 14 x 1 - 37/20, 6 - 381 TT; + 4 x 1 - 75/48 Canet, 4 x 1 - 7.6/94, 2 - 450 TT (beam)

Naval service: Rostislav was laid up at Sevastopol in March 1918 and captured 1/5/1918 by German troops. 24/11/1918 she was captured by British-French troops and partly demolished by them 22-24/4/1919. 29/4/1919 she was captured by Reds, 24/6/1919 by Whites and commissioned them in November 1919 as depot hulk for minesweepers. In November 1920 she was scuttled as blockship off Enikkale for barraging of Kerch Straits.

Rostislav

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