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Admiral Graf Spee

Admiral Graf Spee  

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German pocket battleship of the Deutschland class. Length/beam/draft: 186 m × 21.3 m × 7.25 m. Tons: 16,020 displacement. Hull: steel. Machinery: diesel, 52,050 shaft horsepower, 2 screws; 28 knots. ...
aircraft carrier

aircraft carrier  

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A large warship equipped to serve as a base for aircraft that can take off from and land on its deck.
Alabama

Alabama  

A cruiser of the American Confederate States Navy built by the Laird Company of Birkenhead in 1862 under a contract with Commander James Bulloch of the Confederate Navy. She was a three-masted ...
Ancient Navies

Ancient Navies  

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This entry contains eight subentries: An Overview, Greece, Rome, Hellenistic States, Persia, Egypt, Carthage, PhoeniciaBecause the Mediterranean Sea was a natural pathway for trade, communication, ...
anti-Submarine Warfare

anti-Submarine Warfare  

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Operations conducted with the intention of denying the enemy the effective use of submarines.
Argo

Argo  

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In Greek mythology, the ship in which Jason and his companions, the Argonauts, sailed in the quest for the Golden Fleece (see golden). Their story is one of the oldest Greek sagas, known to Homer, ...
battleship

battleship  

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The modern equivalent of, and the name derived from, the older sailing ship of the line.From Ship of the Line to ‘Ironclad’.The introduction into warfare at sea during the 1840s and 1850s of the ...
Bismarck

Bismarck  

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The destruction by British naval forces of this powerful 42,000-ton German battleship, armed with eight 38 cm. (15 in.) guns, took place in the Atlantic on 27 May 1941 after she and ...
convoy

convoy  

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ˈkänˌvoin.a group of ships or vehicles traveling together, typically accompanied by armed troops, warships, or other vehicles for protection.v. ˈkänˌvoi; kǝnˈvoi(of a warship or armed troops) ...
cruiser

cruiser  

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In the days of sailing navies a ship, usually a fourth-rate or large frigate, detached from a fleet to cruise independently in search of the enemy. Frigates and smaller warships engaged in the ...
dreadnought

dreadnought  

A type of battleship introduced in the early 20th century, larger and faster than its predecessors and equipped entirely with large-calibre guns. The term comes from the name of Britain's HMS ...
frigate

frigate  

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Originally one of five principal types of merchant ship hulls in the days before sailing ships were identified by their rig. During the 18th century the word began to mean a three-masted vessel, ...
galleon

galleon  

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A development of the carrack following the successful experiments of Sir John Hawkins at the end of the 16th century. This new design, which made a ship much more weatherly and manoeuvrable, reached ...
galley

galley  

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1 The oared fighting ship of the Mediterranean dating from about 3000 bc, and lasting into the 18th century. Originally propelled by oars arranged on a single level, galleys were developed with oars ...
Gaztañeta Iturribálzaga, Antonio

Gaztañeta Iturribálzaga, Antonio  

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(1656–1728),Spanish admiral, navigator, and ship designer. Born at Motrico in Guipúzcoa (Spain) into a seafaring family, José Antonio, de Gaztañeta e Iturribálzaga was christened on August 11, 1656. ...
Gloire

Gloire  

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A frigate of the French Navy, designed by Stanislas Dupuy de Lôme and launched in 1859. She was the first truly seagoing ironclad warship in the world, making her appearance a year before the British ...
Henry Grâce à Dieu

Henry Grâce à Dieu  

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In her day the largest warship in the world, was launched at Erith, in Kent, in June 1514. She was in her time, and still is, widely known under the name Great Harry. She was built by William Bond, ...
Huáscar

Huáscar  

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Peruvian ironclad vessel, later Chilean, mounting two 300-pound guns on a revolving central turret.Length/beam/draft: 195′ × 35′ × 15′, with 6′ of freeboard. Tonnage: 1,101 gross registered tons; ...
innocent passage

innocent passage  

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An international right of ships to pass freely through territorial seas under maritime law (R v Keyn (1876) 2 Ex D 63) and under the United Nations Convention on the ...
John Ericsson

John Ericsson  

(1803–89) inventor and engineer, born in Wermland, Sweden. Ericsson introduced the use of the screw propeller as a means of marine propulsion. Ericsson designed vessels for the U.S. Navy, among ...

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