ARA Rivadavia was an Argentine battleship, the lead ship of its class,
constructed during the South American dreadnought race. When the
Brazilian government placed an order for two powerful new
"dreadnought"-type warships in 1907, the Argentines moved quickly to
acquire their own. After an extended bidding process, contracts to build
Rivadavia and Moreno (its only sister ship) were given to the Fore River
Shipbuilding Company. Given the tense international climate that soon
broke out into the First World War, the Argentine government received
several offers for the ships. This dovetailed with a legislative
movement that aimed to sell the ships and devote the proceeds to
improving the country's educational system. These efforts were defeated,
and Rivadavia was commissioned into the Argentine Navy on 27 August
1914, one hundred years ago. Both Argentine dreadnoughts underwent
extensive refits in the United States in 1924–25, and saw no active
duty during the Second World War. Rivadavia's last cruise was in 1946.
The ship was sold for scrapping in 1957 and broken up two years later.
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