Two of the oddest warships ever constructed have been the British battleships HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney, constructed shortly after World Battle One. Not solely had been they the primary capital ships produced after the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty, but carried many ingenious improvements and compromises to keep below the required 35,000 ton limit for battleships. They had been dubbed the “Cherrytree class” by the press after they had been “cut down” from a submit warfare design for a 48,000 ton battlecruiser.
The problem for the naval architects of the day was to combine the very best velocity, armor, and firepower within the smaller design. They achieved this by positioning all three important 16-inch gun turrets ahead the bridge, which enabled the brand new ships to make the most of the American type “all or nothing” armor, at the identical time saving weight and increasing protection. The 14 inch armor belt was sloped, and an additional “water safety” was carried by transport 2000 tons of sea water in the hull. Critics additionally known as them “Nelsol” and “Rodnol” for his or her resemblance to naval oilers.
The truth is, they were properly constructed ships, conceived with the teachings of the previous battle, including the Battle of Jutland, in mind. The Cherrytrees’ appearance did not trigger them to be underneath-appreciated by the Royal Navy in World Warfare 2. They distinguished themselves effectively on all fronts, along the Atlantic Run, chasing the battleship Bismark, the Malta convoys, and late within the conflict with the Far Eastern Fleet in opposition to Japan. With the age of the battleships over, each had been scrapped in 1948.