Battleships: Stacking up the Numbers
Who commissioned the most battleships during the 20th century?* The following list includes all battleships and similar capital ships.
Great Britain commissioned far more battleships than any other power, followed by the United States and Germany. There is a marked difference between the aforementioned three powers the rest of the naval powers.
Battleship production: Who built the most battleships during the 20th century?
The constructors list becomes more skewed towards Britain and America, with Great Britain extending its lead, although Germany is still not far behind the USA. Chile disappears but its battleship is already included in Britain's tally, as Britain also commissioned it as HMS Canada during World War One. Argentina's dreadnoughts were built by the USA and Brazil's by the UK. Russia's Retvisan was built in the USA and Tsesarevich in France. Japan's Shikishima class were built by Britain, as was the Kashima class, Mikasa and Kongo. Both units of the USA's Kearsarge class although commissioned in the year 1900 were constructed in the 18th century, and are therefore not included in the American tally.
* The date range for "Century" is defined on this page by common usage (e.g. 1900-1999), not astrological numbering with a year zero (e.g. 1901-2000). This is for simplicity as it allows terms like "The 1900s" and "The 20th Century" to be used interchangeably.
Includes battlecruisers and some unusual designs that were more like battleship-type capital ships than cruisers. Such as Sweden's 'coastal battleships', Germany's 'pocket battleships' and Britain's virtually indescribable Courageous class.
Does not include ships captured from Russia during the Russo-Japanese war, only new ships constructed/purchased.