Russian battleship Imperator Aleksander III (1901)

The Imperator Alexandr III (Russian: Император Александр III) was a of the Russian Imperial Navy, the first ship of its class to be completed. It was named after Tsar Alexander III. Some naval architects regard the Borodino-class as being among the worst battleships ever built (Preston 2002). The design was based on the French
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 built battleship , which was constructed with a tumblehome
In ship designing, the tumblehome is the narrowing of a ship's hull with greater distance above the water-line. Expressed more technically, it is present when the beam at the uppermost deck is less than the maximum beam of the vessel....

 hull. The tumblehome design resulted in a high centre of gravity, which was magnified
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 by overloading.


Imperator Alexandr III was part of the Russian Second Pacific Squadron, which was sent as a relief force for the embattled fleet at Port Arthur and fought the Imperial Japanese Navy at the Battle of Tsushima
Battle of Tsushima
The Battle of Tsushima , commonly known as the “Sea of Japan Naval Battle” in Japan and the “Battle of Tsushima Strait”, was the major naval battle fought between Russia and Japan during the Russo-Japanese War...

 on 27 May 1905. When the Russian flagship at Tsushima, Suvorov
Russian battleship Knyaz Suvorov
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was temporarily disabled, Alexander III turned to port and withstood concentrated fire from 3000 yards (2,743.2 m). Turning southeast, she led the Russian line, until she was forced to stop to make repairs and put out fires caused by the bombardment. By 6:00 PM her fires were out and she rejoined the fight, although she was soon again again shelled at 7000 yards (6,400.8 m), and the flooding, which had been a problem since the first bombardment, became impossible to control. She capsized and sank, leaving no survivors.


A granite obelisk was constructed in the Nicholas Gardens of St. Petersburg to remember the men of the Imperator Aleksandr II. It was designed by Artem Ober and Yakov Filote.
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