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battle honours

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — Maritime History.

The names of battles or individual ship actions in which a warship has taken part. They are usually displayed on a board in a prominent place in the ship as a source of pride in her name....

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cannon

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Military History.

N. pl. usually same

1 a large, heavy piece of artillery, typically mounted on wheels, formerly used in warfare.

2 an automatic heavy gun that...

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Continental Navy

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Military History.

The sea service created by the American Continental Congress in October 1775 in furtherance of the American War of Independence (1775–83) against the British. A squadron of eight converted...

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Emden

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — Maritime History.

Dresden-class light cruiser. Length/beam/draft: 117.9 m × 13.5 m × 5.5 m (386′ × 44′ × 18′). Tonnage: 3,664 displacement. Hull: steel. Power: Machine 2-shaft 3-cylinder VTE, 12...

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guerre de course

Overview page. Subjects: Military History — Maritime History.

A term originally accepted in international maritime law to indicate the practice of privateering, or the right in wartime of individual owners of ships to arm them in order to attack the...

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John Holland

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Military History.

(1841–1914).

America's preeminent submarine pioneer was born at Liscannor, County Clare, Ireland, and educated by the Christian Brothers, who recognized his drafting skill and...

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Liberty ships

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Second World War.

Mass-produced, prefabricated merchant vessels with all-welded hulls produced in quantity by American shipyards during the Second World War (1939–45). Their deadweight tonnage was 10,500 and...

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Nagasaki

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War — Maritime History.

A city and port in SW Japan, on the west coast of Kyushu island. It was the target of the second atom bomb, dropped by the United States on 9 August 1945, which resulted in the deaths of...

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Scharnhorst

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War — Maritime History.

31,000-ton German battle-cruiser with a main armament of nine 28 cm. (11 in.) guns. With another battle-cruiser, Gneisenau, she sank the British armed merchant cruiserRawalpindi in the...

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Ship Names and Naming

Overview page. Subjects: Maritime History — Military History.

Naming vessels may date from the earliest use of ships. The oldest surviving records are those for naval vessels, and there seem always to have been differences in the approach ...

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