HMS Agincourt


The history of this ship is very special, as is the ship. She was first designed and ordered for the Brazilian navy under the name Rio de Janeiro, but when the Brazilian government was forced to give her up as it lacked adequate funding after the market for rubber had collapsed, the incomplete ship was bought by the Ottoman Empire and completed under the name Sultan Osman I. When she was laid down, the Brazilian navy still favoured the 12" calibre which was then at the point of becoming obsolete, and to make up for the small shell size, no less than seven (!) 12" twin turrets were installed along the midship line. As the ship was intended to serve for representative purposes, rather expensive and room-consuming furnishing was installed which weakened the already questionable internal stability of the ship. When she was ready to be delivered in August 1914, she was seized by the Royal Navy as war with Germany broke out. She was taken into British service under the name Agincourt. Her new name ("A Gin Court") combined with her spacious, well-appointed interior to earn her the nickname Gin Palace.

Despite all rumours that have been told about this formidable vessel (like the one of her capsizing if she ever fired a full broadside), HMS Agincourt is a valuable addition to the battle fleet in her own right. As the Empire's fate hangs in the balance, every ship is needed to maintain naval domination, and although she may not be the sturdiest ship around, the broadside of no less than fourteen heavy guns may well make up for that: in terms of sheer numbers, she surely has the most impressive full salvoes in the whole world.

Ship data

Relative combat value: 10818

Basic damage control capacity: 77%


Displacement: 27500 tons

Length: 205 m

Width: 27 m

Draught: 10 m

Standard crew: 1115


Maximum speed (undamaged): 22 knots

Endurance: 8338 km

Coal capacity: 3820 tons

Armour protection

Conning tower armour: 12

Hull armour: 6

Main belt armour: 12 (includes backing slope of deck armour)

Deck armour: 1.5 (sloped at edges to provide additional belt level protection)

Best armour type: Krupp


14 x 12" Mk XIII, centrally controlled. Ammo: 1120 rounds

20 x 6in BL Mk XIII, centrally controlled. Ammo: 3000 rounds

10x 3in 45cal QF, locally controlled. Ammo: 2000 rounds

2 x 21in Mk IIE Torpedoes, locally controlled. Ammo: 8 torpedoes

Ships in class

  • Agincourt