The Russian Cruiser Askold

In the late 1890s the Russian Empire sought to strengthen its presence in the Far East, China and Korea.

The MAS-15 Italian Navy Torpedo-armed Motorboat

The limited basin of the Adriatic Sea favoured the operation of the light ships and various types of “microorganisms”.

The Japanese Cruiser Asama

The victorious war against China in 1895 had a bittersweet taste for Japan.

SMS Torpedoboot A - III

In the year 1894, Germany built the last small torpedo boat in the 19th century. Then there was an over 20-year hiatus.

The Battleship SMS Baden

The second and last to be completed of a class of 4 “super dreadnoughts”, SMS Baden represented the culmination of German battleship development during the First World War.

SMS Viribus Unitis Austro-Hungarian Battleship

Tegetthoff Class
In 1907 the navy of the dualist, multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire placed an order for a new class of warships, whose design was based on the “all big gun” concept pioneered by HMS Dreadnought. Eventually four Tegetthoff class vessels were laid down, including the flagship Viribus Unitis, Tagetthoff, Prinz Eugen and Szent Istvan.

The German Battleship SMS Posen

The last ship of the first class of German “Dreadnought” battleships was Ersatz Baden/Posen

The Battleship HMS Warspite 1914–1919

In 1906, the British launched one of the most revolutionary ships ever built – HMS Dreadnought. Besides being a big ship powered by turbines the ship was constructed with „all big guns“.

The Battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary

In the period just before I World War the arms race of the future opponents was speeding up. British First Sea Lord, admiral John „Jackie” Fisher, was a strong supporter of a battlecruiser doctrine. It was the concept of warships with main battery guns similar to those of dreadnoughts and more powerful engines allowing them to reach higher speeds.

The Admiral Horatio Nelson

Even as a child he reportedly said: “I will be a hero of the Providence allows”. She did, although he had to support her with ambition and courage. Thanks to these features he became the world’s most recognizable British admiral.

The Light Cruiser SMS Emden

SMS Emden light cruiser was built by Kaiserliche Werft Danzig dockyard (nowadays Gdańsk in Poland). The construction process began in 1906, the launching of the ship took place on 26 May 1908