130px|Chilean battleship Almirante Latorre
Almirante Latorre was a super-dreadnought battleship built for the
Chilean Navy. She was the first of a planned two-ship class that would
respond to earlier warship purchases by other South American countries.
Construction began soon after the ship was ordered in November 1911,
and was approaching completion when she was bought by the United
Kingdom's Royal Navy for use in the First World War. Commissioned in
September 1915, she served in the Grand Fleet as HMS Canada for the
duration of the war and saw action during the Battle of Jutland. Canada
was repurchased by Chile in 1920. She took back her original name of
Almirante Latorre, and served as Chile's flagship and frequently as
presidential transport. In September 1931, crewmen aboard Almirante
Latorre instigated a mutiny, which the majority of the Chilean fleet
quickly joined. After divisions developed between the mutineers, the
rebellion fell apart and the ships were returned to government control.
Almirante Latorre was put into reserve for a time in the 1930s due to a
severe economic depression, but she was in good enough condition to
receive interest from the United States after the attack on Pearl
Harbor. This was declined and the ship spent most of the Second World
War on patrol for Chile. She was scrapped in Japan beginning in 1959.
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