List of battleships by country
This table lists all battleships and their predecessors from approximately 1399 onward, and includes all ships of the line, turret/barbette ships, pre-dreadnoughts, dreadnoughts, and coastal defence ships.
It is divided into 3 eras:
- 1640-1858 - The advent of the "line-of-battle" tactic where ships would support each other with broadsides rather than meléeing
- 1859-1905 - Iron replaces wood, steam replaces sail power, rotatable turrets replace fixed cannons, and explosive shells replace cannonballs.
- 1906-1944 - The advent of Dreadnought-type ("all-big-gun") battleships
|Sail ships of the line (1640-1858)||Steam battleships (1859-1905)||Dreadnoughts (1906-1944)|
Ironclads • Pre-dreadnoughts and Dreadnoughts
|Sengoku and Edo Japan||Empire of Japan|
|Russia||Russia and USSR|
|Ottoman Empire||Ottoman Empire/Turkey|
|England and United Kingdom||United Kingdom
Ironclads • Pre-Dreadnoughts
|United States||United States|
Pre-Dreadnoughts and Dreadnoughts
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