Russian
armored cruiser Gromoboi, built for commerce raiding against British
shipping far from the seats of empire, seen in Melbourne, Australia,
during April-May 1901. The event was the granting of the Constitution of
Australia, which united the six British colonies on the continent into
one Commonwealth; following this event, Gromoboi stopped off in Japan
before reaching Port Arthur, Russia’s force-leased, ice-free naval base
in southern Manchuria on the Yellow Sea.
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Slava was built by the Baltic Works at Saint Petersburg. She was laid down on 1 November 1902, launched on 29 August 1903, and completed in October 1905, too late to participate in the Russo-Japanese War. Serving in the Baltic Sea during World War I, Slava was the largest ship of the Russian Gulf of Riga Squadron that fought the German High Seas Fleet in the Battle of the Gulf of Riga in August 1915. During the Battle of Moon Sound in 1917, Slava was badly damaged by the German dreadnought SMS König, it was impossible to escape and she was scuttled in the Moon Sound Strait.

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