for armored ship Thursday we have the Imperial Russian 1st class protected cruiser Aurora. launched in 1900 Aurora took part in the Battle of Tsushima during the Russo-Japanese War. later on Aurora fired the shot that launched the attack on the Czar's Winter Palace October 25, 1917. this action ended the October Revolution which led to the Civil War and the Communization of Russia. Aurora also took part in the Great Patriotic War and is today a museum ship in St. Petersburg. the first picture shows her as she is today. the second shows her around 1905 or so as she originally was. the third is the Order of the October Revolution. as you can see Aurora is on the actual medal of the order. Aurora was awarded this medal in honor of service to the homeland. the ship was 416ft. long, armed with 14 6" guns as main battery and made 19kts. flank speed with 3 triple expansion steam engines powering 3 shafts. she was a typical protected cruiser of her time.