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BRAZIL'S DREADNOUGHTS.

'(Received 9.10 a.m.) LONDON, April 19. Brazil's second Dreadnought, the Sao Paolo, has been launched at Barrow. The Sao Paulo is the second of the Brazilian Dreadnoughte now being built in England. The construction of these vessels caused, a great controversy in both Argentina and Brazil on what is called "equilibrium of armament ,, between the two countries. It was proposed in both countries that Brazil suould keep the first Dreadnought, cede the second to Argentina, and cancel the order for the third. The Brazilian Government would, however, have none of the proposal, and the Argentine Government replied with an order for two Dreadnoughts of 19,000 tons, 21 knots, 12, 10, 8, and 6 in. armour, turbine engines, ten 12in guns, 14 6in and 18 quick-firers. There will be two sister ships, Moreno and Rivadavia, which, added to the four of the Belgrano type already owned by the Republic, are considered to represent a full equivalent to the Brazilian Minas Geraes and her two sisters, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The complement of smaller croft building and to be built by both nations' are intended to balance independently of the nine battleships abovementioned.

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BRAZIL'S DREADNOUGHTS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 93, 20 April 1909

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