CLEARANCE: Top Secret
- Sep 6, 2006
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Agreed on the lack of a conclusion, with a planned laying down date in early 1915 there was still time to finalise a design before lead-times dictated approval of the final design.It was only open ended in the sense it didn't reach a conclusion, most probably due to the deteriorating international situation. That same situation inspired the seizure of Sultan Osman and thus freed up the name that had already been approved. I don't see anything odd about.
Sultan Osman I was seized on 31 July and commissioned on 7 August, Reşadiye was also seized on 31 July and commissioned on 22 August.
Agincourt, Resistance, Repulse and Renown were not formally cancelled until 26 August.
The Admiralty had re-assigned Agincourt's name before it had been officially cancelled but its clear it was already was a 'vacant' name by the end of July. It could be argued that it was a ready-to-use approved name, but in the same vein why did Reşadiye simply not become Resistance?
There is of course a possibility that names had already been proposed for the Canadian-funded QEs - Canada, Erin and ??? (did Almirante Cochrane received a British name if she had of been completed as a battleship?) would have fitted in nicely as Dominion-funded ships alongside the battlecruisers Australia and New Zealand (calling Ireland by its Hiberno-English derivative Éirinn sidestepped some political hot potatoes re: home rule etc.).