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HMS Queen Elizabeth battleship from 1915 history and images.

CLASS

BATTLESHIP

ENT/SERVICE 

JANUARY 19th 1915

BUILT

PORTSMOUTH DOCKYARD / ENGLAND

WEIGHT

29,150 TONS

LENGTH

643 FEET

WIDTH

90 FEET

SPEED

25 KNOTS - GEARED TURBINES - FOUR PROPELLERS

GUNS

8 - 15 INCH / 14 - 6 INCH / 4 - 21 INCH TORPEDOES

ARMOR

13 INCH SIDE / 5 INCH DECK / 13 INCH TURRET FACES

There were five Queen Elizabeth class battleships built for the British Navy, the others being Warspite, Barham, Valiant and Malaya. Queen Elizabeth class battleships were the first warships to exceed the 27,000 tons of the US Texas class battleships that entered service in 1914 with 14inch guns. Queen Elizabeth’s first deployment was to bombard Turkish forts along the Dardanelle’s Strait prior to the Allied landings at Gallipoli. Due to her undergoing a refit at the time of Jutland, she was the only ship in this class to miss the battle.

HMS Warspite image

After the outbreak of World War Two, Queen Elizabeth served with the Mediterranean Fleet until herself and Valiant were damaged in the port of Alexandria. It is thought Italian frogmen using limpet mines caused the explosions. After being repaired in America, she spent the remainder of the war with the Pacific Fleet in the battle against Japan. Queen Elizabeth was decommissioned after the war and scrapped in 1948 at Dalmuir and Troon/Scotland.

Warspite managed to survive 15 hits at Jutland and served throughout the Second World War seeing action in the Mediterranean and Pacific before being scrapped in 1947.

Barham survived serious damage at Jutland and joined the Mediterranean fleet during World War Two. She blew up and sunk November 25th 1941 after being hit by three torpedoes from U-331.

Valiant was repaired after Jutland and saw action in the Mediterranean and Pacific during World War Two before being dismantled in 1948.

Malaya also survived Jutland and served mainly as a convoy escort during World War Two, she was scrapped at Faslane in 1948. 

The five British Sovereign Class battleships that entered service between 1916 and 1917 were similar in size to these ships.

HMS Queen Elizabeth image

Capital Ships of Britain and Germany:

Throughout WWI, The British Navy had 35 modern Dreadnought battleships, 41 pre Dreadnought battleships and 11 modern Heavy Cruisers that were about the same size as their dreadnaughts, but with less armour for faster speed.

Germany had 18 modern Dreadnaughts, 24 pre Dreadnaughts and 7 modern Heavy Cruisers.

The British Navy lost 13 pre Dreadnaught ships during WWI, mainly to submarines and mines, and 3 Heavy Cruisers by gun fire at the Batlle of Jutland.

The British modern Dreadnaughts rarely left port during the war as they were held for major battles, considered too valuable to be lost to mines or submarines.

Germany lost 1 pre Dreadnaught and 1 Heavy Cruiser at Jutland and 2 other pre Dreadnaughts throughout the war.

Most of the German capital ships rarely left port during the war and were interred at Scapa Flow in northern Scotland at the end of the war. Most were scuttled at Scapa Flow 21st June 1919 by their German crews to prevent them from being used by other nations.

HMS Barham image

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