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Notes: NAVARIN was built with only ten feet of freeboard. Nickel steel was used for the armor in the main battery turrets and the conning tower, while compound armor was used elsewhere. The turret bases were not armored; the 6" guns were mounted in an armored citadel. She was considered to be very well armored, but quite underpowered. An unusual feature was her four funnels, mounted in two groups of two.
NAVARIN with the Russian Baltic Fleet, and was a part of the squadron that was dispatched to the Far East to reinforce Russian forces at Port Arthur -- a 17,000 mile journey which began on 15 October 1904. Unfortunately for the Russians, Port Arthur fell to the Japanese on 12 January 1905. Admiral Zinovi Rozhestvensky, commanding the Russian fleet, decided to press on, with the intent of joining up with the remainder of the Russian Far East Fleet at Vladivostok. The Russian Baltic Fleet was intercepted on 27 May 1905 in the Straits of Tsushima by the Japanese Fleet, under the command of Admiral Heihachiro Togo, who had been waiting for them to arrive. In the Battle of Tsushima, Togo's ships "crossed the T" on the Russian fleet, allowing them to concentrate fire on the lead ship. NAVARIN withstood substantial shell damage and a torpedo hit aft, but survived the first day of the battle. NAVARIN struck a mine (or two mines; sources vary) and sank on 28 May 1905. Only a single member of her crew survived.