|Dimensions||76.2 × 55.88 × 2.54 cm|
Nelson Class Battleship (28)
Gross 41,250 Tons
Length 710 feet (220 m)
Beam 106 feet (32 m)
Draught 33 feet (10 m)
Propulsion Eight boilers and two Brown-Curtis single-reduction geared turbines, driving two propellers.
HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney were 2 of the most modern battleships of the aging British fleet at the beginning of the war. Known as the “Nelson-class” of battleships, they were the most heavily armoured of all ships in the Royal Navy with their 16-inch guns. Their anti-aircraft armament was considerable and their fire control of great sophistication and accuracy.
Both ships were chosen to accompany the Pedestal Convoy, primarily as a deterrent. They were too slow to be a match for the speed of the Italian battleships but, gun for gun, they had enough stopping power to shield the convoy from the Italian fleet’s best efforts.
Although attacked often HMS Nelson was the best placed to disrupt any aircraft attack with the many 8-barrelled multiple pompoms and many a torpedo bomber was destroyed attempting to penetrate the defencive screen of the convoy.
Her main guns were also armed with special anti-aircraft shells, which on exploding showered the attacking aircraft with a cone of destruction.
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