HMS Agincourt

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HMS Agincourt,  Due to the South American Rivalry between Brazil, Argentina and Chile, The Brazilian Government ordered  from Armstrong's to be called Rio de Janeiro. The design was changed after a change of Government to incorporate seven main turrets making this a very long Battleship. The design was accepted and laid down in September 1911. But within the year the Brazilian Government were looking for another country to buy the Battleship and it was eventually sold to Turkey at the beginning of 1914 for ?2,725,000. The battleship was to be called Sultan Osman I for the Ottoman empire. The ship was completed when world war one broke out but was not handed over to Turkey by Winston Churchill, instead it was delivered to the Royal Navy and called HMS Agincourt. (earning the nickname the Gin palace). She joined the 4th battle squadron  of the Grand Fleet on the 7th September 1914. Transferring to the 1st Battle squadron in time for the Battle of Jutland.  She took part in the Battle of Jutland., firing 144 rounds from her 12 inch guns. receiving no damage or casualties during the action. In 1918 she joined the 2nd battle Squadron and in 1919 put on the disposal list. Recommissioned at Rosyth in 1919 as a experimental ship, and finally as a large depot ship with the removal off all main Gun turrets except no.1 and 2. All work on the alterations were stopped in 1921, before being scrapped in 1922.

Displacement: 27,500 tons and 30,250 tons deep load.  Speed: 22knots  Range: 4,500 nautical miles at 10 knots'  Compliment: 1115.   Armament Fourteen 12-inch Guns in pairs. Twenty 6-inch Guns, ten 3-inch guns, and two 3-inch guns AA MK1.  Three 21inch Torpedo Tubes.

HMS Agincourt, July 1914.

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HMS Agincourt, 1918.

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HMS Agincourt with HMS Erin, 1918.

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HMS Agincourt, c.1916.

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HMS Agincourt, 1918.

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HMS Agincourt, December 1914.

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HMS Agincourt, 1914.

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HMS Agincourt photographed circa 1911.

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Some crew of HMS Agincourt

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HMS Agincourt. This battleship was originally meant for Brazil with the name of Rio de Janeiro but was purchased by Turkey and renamed Sultan Osman I. The ship was taken over again by the Royal Navy and she became HMS Agincourt at the start of WWI.

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