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i think this would make a great tier 2 premium battleship

 

Maine Class Battleship: Displacement 6,682 Tons, Dimensions, 324' 4" (oa) x 57' x 22' 6" (Max). Armament 4 x 10"/30 6 x 6"/30, 4 x 21" tt. Armor, 12" Belt, 8" Turrets, 3" Decks, 10" Conning Tower. Machinery, 9,000 IHP; 2 Vertical, Triple expansion engines, 2 screws. Speed, 17 Knots, Crew 374

 

Operational and Building Data: Laid down by New York Naval Ship Yard on October 17 1888. Launched November 18 1890. Commissioned September 17 1895. Decommissioned (Lost due to explosion.) 
Fate: Blew up and sank, Havana Harbor, Cuba, February 15 1898. Hulk raised February 13 1912, Towed to sea and sunk in 600 fathoms of water in the Florida Strait, March 16 1912. 260 Officers and men died in the explosion of the Maine and remain on duty.

 

 

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Too early, I think.  A good and proper T2 BB should really be of the generation of BBs just before the first dreadnoughts.

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The Maine, and her half sister, Texas were interesting vessels but were, unfortuneately, outdated before they were even commissioned.  

The main weakness of these ships was the design of their main batteries.  While the Pre-Dreadnought battleships of the era were moving to either a centerline placement of the main battery so that all or at least most of the guns could be trained to concentrate on a target to either the starboard or port broadside, the Main and Texas were built with their batteries "en echelon" with two guns offset to the port side and two to starboard.  This only allowed the Main to bring two guns to bear on any give target on most bearings.  It was only possible to bring all guns to bear if the target was near right angles to the ships broadside and even then, this tended to damage the firing vessel almost as much as it's target. 

A Pre-Dreadnought, like the Mikasa is already at a signficant disadvantage when facing T3 Dreadnoughts but Maine would be in a far less favorable situation.  If there were such a thing as a T1 battleship, she might be able to live there fairly comfortably but I don't think T2 would be a good placement for her. 

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More like tier 1. 

Something equivalent to the Mikasa might be BB-18 Connecticut, which was the flagship of the Great White Fleet. 

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I really wish they would expand tiers 1 and 2, maybe make a tier "2.5" to get some of these great ships into the game. Granted they probably are not the stellar performers of the higher tiered ships but they are beautiful, historically significant, and would be just great fun to play IMHO.

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15 hours ago, Taylor3006 said:

I really wish they would expand tiers 1 and 2, maybe make a tier "2.5" to get some of these great ships into the game. Granted they probably are not the stellar performers of the higher tiered ships but they are beautiful, historically significant, and would be just great fun to play IMHO.

i agree, she has a great history and would have a interesting play style 

 

the Maine explosion was the start of the Spanish / American war 

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On 7/9/2018 at 10:20 PM, Taylor3006 said:

I really wish they would expand tiers 1 and 2, maybe make a tier "2.5" to get some of these great ships into the game. Granted they probably are not the stellar performers of the higher tiered ships but they are beautiful, historically significant, and would be just great fun to play IMHO.

Well, the Pre-Dreadnoughts that preceded the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1907 were stellar performers as compared to the Ironclad types they replaced beginning in the 1890's.  They were far better and more completely protected due to the inclusion of steel in their armoring schemes as well as the rapid advancement in metallurgical science over that decade.  Quite simply the protective ability of an inch of plain steel at the beginning of this period was about 1/2 that of Krupp Cemented Steel which became available at the end of the period. 

The development of reliable triple expansion steam engines allowed these ships to develop by as much as 50% more power and speed that the older double expansion engineswith cylindrical boilers available to earlier ships.  Developments in gun powder enabled a significant increase in the muzzle velocity of shells during this period allowing battleships to mount smaller, easier to reload, faster to traverse guns which were more powerful, more accurate and better ranged than their predecessors.  Other studies into the effect of different alloys and their effect on armor penetration further allowed weapons designers to build their shells to better penetrate armor through the use of various blends and the introduction of the Pallsier system as well as the soft Makarov caps.    

Designers also began to better understand the capabilities of the weapons these new technologies were creating and began to develop better placement of the guns and types of guns which would be mounted on the new steel monsters they were building.  Changes in breach mechanisms, the design of shells and their propellant charges, methods of handling ammunition, all of these contributed to vastly increasing the rate of fire as well as the survivability of the ships they were building. 

By the end of the 1890's, all the elements which would eventually make the next leap forward in battleship design, The Dreadnought, were incorporated in the Pre-Dreadnought battleships of the day.  The only thing missing was the mounting of all big gun main batteries which would create the Dreadnought revolution. 

So stellar performers kind of depends on what you are comparing them against.  

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On 7/10/2018 at 1:20 AM, Taylor3006 said:

I really wish they would expand tiers 1 and 2, maybe make a tier "2.5" to get some of these great ships into the game. Granted they probably are not the stellar performers of the higher tiered ships but they are beautiful, historically significant, and would be just great fun to play IMHO.

ig WG expands tier level into 1-20...that should make it easier too implement early pre ww1 vessels. 

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