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MSH-200303 Midel-Shpangout #3 2003: The Russian Imperatritsa Maria V Class battleships magazine
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The fate of the Black Sea battleships, "Imperatritsa Mariya", "Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya" and "Imperator Aleksandr III", is inseparably linked with the events of both World War I and the revolution in Russia. The battleships showed many-sided talents of native engineers and traditional valor of Russian sailors. Building of these mighty ships illustrated a high level of the native industry and private business development that provided for creation of first-class yards in a few months, in fact in a blank space.
The Russian Imperatritsa Maria V Class battleship consisted of two battleships, The Imperatritsa and the Imperator Alexander III. The Imperatritsa Maria was launched on the 1st of November 1913 and commission during September 1915. The Imperatritsa Maria had a very short life. While at Sevastopol on the 20th October 1916 the battleship blew up due to a spontaneous ignition of her cordite, ( there were rumors of sabotage ). The capsized hull was raised during 1918, but the possibilities of re building the battleship were considered but eventually the the ship was broken up in 1927. The Imperator Alexander III, was renamed the Volya after the revolution. When the ship was under the German navy it kept the name of Volya. The ship name returned to Imperator Alexander III by the White Russians in 1919, the battleship was interned at Bizerta in 1920, under French control, who refused to give the ship to the Soviets, the Ship was eventually broken up in 1936.
1. The battleship "Poltava", one of the first four dreadnoughts of the Russian Navy
2. The battleship "Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya" with a fore-sweep and torpedo defense net
3. The battleship "Imperatritsa Ekaterina Velikaya" convoying transports
4. The battleship "Volya" during acceptance trials
5. The battleship "Volya" at full speed
6. The battleship "Volya" at Novorossiysk. Year 1918
7. The battleship "Imperatritsa Mariya" when leaving the yard
8. The battleship "Imperatritsa Mariya" during outfitting