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A History of the Navy in 100 Objects
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects

Object 48: Story of the Battleship - Models of HMS St. George (1701) and USS Missouri (1944)

Many factors combined to end the 300 year reign of the battleship, and most of them occurred during and just after World War I, from the development of aviation, to the Washington Naval Conference, and eventually the destruction of much of the US surface fleet at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Today we take a closer look at how the aircraft carrier replaced the battleship as the pre-eminent ship in the US Navy.

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