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Battleship Gangut, 1911

Posted on July 1, 2014 by tim

Even in our age of developed industrial technologies the appearance of the larger man made objects being assembled out of steel touches me, when the people working on the ship or submarine are hundreds of times smaller than the metal giant they are building. So I can imagine how impressive this was a hundred years ago when it was fresh and those achievements of human engineering were just popping up for the first time. Building something half the size of the Titanic in a wooden barn really should look tremendously awesome for the ones who could take a peek inside. We can take a look inside, too.

This was the battleship GANGUT, built in 1911. More about it can be found on a wiki. It was a large ship at the time, and you can see larger photos of it by clicking on them.


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5 Responses to “Battleship Gangut, 1911”

  1. Peter Riley says:

    Can anyone suggest books (in English) about the role of the Russian navy in both the First and Second world wars? In Britain we only seem to hear about the British, American or German navies.

    • Papa Karlo says:

      Similar to the Eastern Front in WWII, which had decisive significance in the War – but if you read English books, you have an impression that all the main action was on the Western front.

      Similarly, in the WWI the decisive front was definitely the Eastern Front, but why would English and French admit that? If not for Russian effort in 1914, the Germans would take over Paris in about 2 weeks, and the war would have been over… French in 1940 still remembered that, that’s why they surrendered in just 2 weeks, to preserve their own lives.

  2. Papa Karlo says:

    A magnificent ship! Soviets could never approach even close to the shipbuilding of the Imperial Russia. This battleship Gangut was 25 years later the flagship of the Soviet fleet in 1941, after being refurbhished and disgracefully renamed Oktyabrskaya Revolyutsiya (October Revolution).

    Most of the other Imperial battleships were sold by Communists for scrap to the British, because the Commies just could not maintain them.

  3. Papa Karlo says:

    Workers had no hard hats, safety shoes, or safety glasses, but they built magnificent ships. Now they have all that, but what do they make? Tens of millions of stupid useless iphones!

  4. Muzzlehatch says:

    The Gangut class ships had boilers that burned coal for cruising, but for a quick burst of speed, fuel oil could be sprayed into the firebox. Similarly, the Kirov-class ships use nuclear power for cruising, but fossil fuel boilers kick in for speed.

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