High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles Poltava was the second
of the Gangut-class battleships of the Imperial Russian Navy built
before World War I. The Ganguts were the first class of Russian
dreadnoughts. She was named after the Russian victory over Charles
XII of Sweden in the Battle of Poltava in 1709. She was completed
during the winter of 1914-15, but was not ready for combat until
mid-1915. Her role was to defend the mouth of the Gulf of Finland
against the Germans, who never tried to enter, so she spent her
time training and providing cover for mine laying operations. She
was laid up in 1918 for lack of trained crew and suffered a
devastating fire the following year that almost gutted her. Many
proposals were made to reconstruct or modernize her in different
ways for the next twenty years, but none were carried out. While
all this was being discussed she served as source of spare parts
for her sister ships and was used as a barracks ship. She was
finally struck from the Navy List in 1940 and scrapping began at a
very leisurely rate. She was intentionally grounded in late 1941 to
prevent her from being sunk in some inconvenient location by the
Germans. She was re-floated in 1944 and scrapped beginning in 1949.
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