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Karle94
Post subject: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 1st, 2019, 4:12 pm
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I present to you a class of ships that appear to have escaped being captured by this site; the Tennessee class of armored cruisers.

They were a quartet of armored cruisers, the last of their kind built by the US Navy. Built to rectify some issues the navy had with the last class; the Pennsylvanias. With other nations moving to, or away from 8 inch guns the US cruisers would be undergunned compared to other armored cruisers. To rectify this, the US would move from 8"/40 caliber guns to 10"/40 caliber guns, and with the addition of smokeless gunpowder gave them a range of 20000 yards at 15 degrees elevation. The Tennessee was regarded as among the best armored cruisers in the world, as their guns were not placed close to the stem and stern as on other cruisers, this plus her high freeboard and a tendency to pitch, rather than roll, made it possible to fire the guns even in rough weather. The class was designed for a top speed of 22 knots, a speed they easily reached, even without using full power. With the addition of the secondary battery of 16x6"/50 caliber guns and 22x3"/50 caliber guns gave the Tennessees the heaviest broadside of any cruier until the advent of the Blücher and the battlecruisers. Even though the armor belt was reduced in certain places, it was stretched, and heightened to cover more areas, giving the ship better overall protection against cruiser caliber guns. With the introduction of the dreadnought-type battleship and battlecruisers, the US navy lost the belief that armored cruisers were useful as battleships were just as fast, and battlecruisers even faster still. Future cruiser designs would either be smaller, and lighter scout cruisers, or larger cruisers with 12 inch guns on a hull of similar shape and size to the Tennessee.
Initially named after stated, the cruisers were renamed after cities in the states they were originally named to free up names for future battleships.

USS Tennessee as she appeared in 1906:
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USS Tennessee as she appeared in 1908:
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USS Tennessee as she appeared in 1912:
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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 1st, 2019, 7:43 pm
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Very nice work!

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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 2nd, 2019, 7:50 am
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Very nice work, certainly handsome ships.

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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 2nd, 2019, 8:28 pm
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Well done.

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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 3rd, 2019, 7:02 pm
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I've added the Tennsessee as she appeared in 1908-10 period. The only change is the removal of the davits near the rear superstructure and the whaling boat there moved to above the forward superstructure mounted 6 inch gun. The next step is the removal of the foremast and bridge level superstructure and replaced with a more modern conning tower and lattice mast and a light gray paint job.


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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 4th, 2019, 8:21 am
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Can you instead of concentrating on one ship and do the rest of the class?

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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 11th, 2019, 10:45 am
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I've added the Tennessee as she was modernised in 1912 with a rebuilt forward superstructure and a new gray paint-job. All of the davits were removed and the fore crane removed. In 1916 she was renamed to Memphis, and shortly thereafter she grounded in a storm. A giant wave swept over the ship, and she listed over at 45 degrees. Taking on water through the gun ports and the ventilation shafts. When the 30 meter tall wave hit, water entered through the funnels, and put out her boilers. She struck bottom, and eventually righted her self. Being outdated and receiving severe underwater damage to ther hull, she was declared a total loss. All guns, equipment and other small stuff were removed. She was later scrapped on the spot.


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Post subject: Re: Tennessee Class Amored CruiserPosted: September 11th, 2019, 4:35 pm
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Just noticed, the sheets are labled "TennSessee Class"

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