Historically important ships & naval battles This is a thread for the information on ships(military and non-military) that have been unique in what they had been able to accomplish or what has been done to them, be it the largest battleship, the first Man-o-war, or even the ship that ferried the immigrants to the U.S(the mayflower).we can also discuss naval battles that have changed the course of history(eg Trafalgar & jutland). I start with the shinano the largest aircraft carrier to be sunk by submarine attack alone. Country Japan Ship Class Shinano-class Aircraft Carrier Builder Yokosuka Dockyard Laid Down 4 May 1940 Launched 8 October 1944 Sunk 29 November 1944 Displacement 68059 tons standard; 71890 tons full Length 872 feet Beam 119 feet Draft 32 feet Machinery 12 Kanpon oil-fired boilers, geared steam turbines, 4 screws Power Output 150000 SHP Speed 27 knots Range 7,200 nm at 16 knots Crew 2400 Armament 16 5 Aircraft 50-120 Laid down as the third Yamato-class battleship, it was decided to complete her as a carrier after the ugly events at Midway. Given her size (72,000 tons full load, near the size of a 1950s-vintage U.S. Forrestal-class supercarrier) she would have carried a pretty minimal number of planes (up to 47). Because of her prodigious bunkerage and ordnance stowage space, it was intended that she operate as both a carrier and a replenishment vessel. Ironically, she was sunk by the U.S. submarine Archerfish under the command of Commander Enright before she ever launched a plane. Actually, it was even before she had a chance to launch a plane -- she was spotted by Archerfish merely a few miles outside of Yokosuka. After being hit by four out of the six torpedoes fired, she was the victim of faulty damage control with unfinished watertight compartmentation ("which begs the question, whose bright idea was it to leave harbor for another port for final fitting out, in 1944, with the Inland Sea crawling with U.S. subs, without all her watertight doors installed? Not a real swift move" as commented by Jonathan Parshall.) Seven hours later, the giant carrier sank, taking with her the first squadron of piloted-bombs that were being planned as the next kamikaze weapon.