My recent acquisition of Richard Houston’s Battle of Lissa fleet at the FALL-IN! flea market has had me revisiting some old websites on pre-dreadnoughts. One that I have visited on and off again is BIG,BAD BATTLESHIPS (BBB), a comprehensive library of articles, photographs and information on pre-dreadnought naval ships. I’m a little confused as to the status of this site– my google search showed the site down and non-responsive, yet my link on the left hand column of my own site goes directly to the navigation table for the main BBB website. So the link above is to the web-archive listing, the “official url” is:
Like many great historical websites, visiting BBB is kind of like shopping on the Ikea self-service floor… you’re not sure you want this but this leads you to that and after a while you’ve been there several hours wondering where the time has gone. Two examples of BBB verisimilitude are these videos I just discovered about diving the wrecks still on the ocean floor left over from the Battle of Santiago de Cuba on 3 July 1898. This battle was a one-sided affair at best and resulted in the complete destruction of the Spanish Caribbean fleet. As a result of the battle many wrecks litter the ocean floor just south of Cuba. The videos are of a dive on the wreck of the Vizcaya. Fascinating to watch– they appear to be a video from a company that seems to specialize in wreck diving.
Alimrante Oquendo part 1/2:
Almirante Oquendo part 2/2: