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British Battleship - HMS Iron Duke (1918 & 1939) - For ConfuseACat

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avatar Epitaph
Level 38 : Artisan Sailor
While trying to think of what to build for gifts, I was rather inspired by Project: Jutland 1919 and decided to build the flagship of the Grand Fleet at the battle, HMS Iron Duke in two versions - her historical 1918 configuration, as well as a 1939 version inspired by the ship's appearance in World of Warships.

Merry Christmas, ConfuseACat!

From Wikipedia:
HMS Iron Duke was a dreadnought battleship of the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class, named in honour of Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. She was built by Portsmouth Dockyard, and her keel laid in January 1912. Launched ten months later, she was commissioned into the Home Fleet in March 1914 as the fleet flagship. She was armed with a main battery of ten 13.5-inch (340 mm) guns and was capable of a top speed of 21.25 knots (39.36 km/h; 24.45 mph).

Iron Duke served as the flagship of the Grand Fleet during the First World War, including at the Battle of Jutland. There, she inflicted significant damage on the German battleship SMS König early in the main fleet action. In January 1917, she was relieved as fleet flagship. After the war, Iron Duke operated in the Mediterranean as the flagship of the Mediterranean Fleet. She participated in both the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War in the Black Sea and the Greco-Turkish War. She also assisted in the evacuation of refugees from Smyrna. In 1926, she was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, where she served as a training ship.

Iron Duke remained on active duty for only a few more years; in 1930, the London Naval Treaty specified that the four Iron Duke-class battleships be scrapped or otherwise demilitarised. Iron Duke was therefore converted into a gunnery training ship; her armour and much of her armament was removed to render her unfit for combat. She served in this capacity until the outbreak of the Second World Warin September 1939, when she was moored in Scapa Flow as a harbour defence ship. In October, she was badly damaged by German bombers and was run aground to avoid sinking. She continued to serve as an anti-aircraft platform for the duration of the war, and was eventually refloated and broken up for scrap in the late 1940s.

United Kingdom
Name:HMS Iron Duke
Namesake:Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington
Builder:Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down:12 January 1912
Launched:12 October 1912
Commissioned:March 1914
Fate:Sold for scrap, March 1946
General characteristics
Type:Iron Duke-class battleship
  • Normal: 25,000 long tons (25,400 t) (normal)
  • Full load: 29,560 long tons (30,030 t)
Length:622 ft 9 in (189.81 m) o/a
Beam:90 ft (27.4 m)
Draught:29 ft 6 in (8.99 m)
Installed power:29,000 shp (22,000 kW)
Speed:21.25 kn (24.5 mph; 39.4 km/h)
Range:7,800 nmi (8,976 mi; 14,446 km) at 10 kn (11.5 mph; 18.5 km/h)
Progress100% complete

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Update #1 : 12/18/2018 2:01:51 pmDec 18th, 2018

Forgot to add the schematic >.<

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  • ConfuseACat
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Engineer
  • December 18, 2018, 9:42 am
Well I'm glad I logged on today! I'm surprised and honoured to see this, even after months of inactivity on my part. Thanks!

Lovely build too, I like the fictional modernisation. It feels real and accurate to what might have been done, to the point that if I wasn't already very familiar with Iron Duke's history I'd have just assumed it was a real modernisation.
  • Epitaph
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Sailor
  • December 18, 2018, 9:52 am
Glad you like it! :)

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