Originally Posted by Kernow
Thanks for that Pat, I just assumed they were slow because it seemed to take them 2 years to cross the atlantic after the start of WW2!
Touche! I stand corrected. It did take about that so I guess our ships WERE pretty slow... It took Pearl harbor to get things moving. It would have been great to have seen the Lion class battleships completed, what I have read looks impressive. They would have greatly shortened the Falklands conflict I think. Just imagine how it could have been in the gulf or elsewhere, with a coalition of U.S./British battleships pouring it on any unfortunate country that got in the way... Imagine the video, It would have been off the hook impressive. You just know that the powers that be would have gotten together and said: " Time to knock the rust off these battleships we have, let's do a naval exercise." We'll never know.
Would you happen to know how many British battleships or heavy cruisers are left? I know some where scrapped but hopefully not all, they really are historic ships in that they are the last of the line. I know of the Iowas two are now museum ships and the last two most likely will be shortly. All are stricken from the naval register but two are in kind of a grey area as they are supposedly still maintaining them.
Not sure how true that is.
Here's a link for my ribnet brethren across the pond outlining what Britain had in mind that sadly, never came to pass:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_class_battleship
A link to a lion class design drawing:http://www.chuckhawks.com/lion.jpg