London Times, 24 August 1908, p. 4: THE NEW RUSSIAN BATTLESHIPS
St. Petersburg, August 23 (Reuters)
The Council of the Admiralty, which has been considering the plans of the Italian Colonel Cuniberti and the Hamburg firm of Blohm and Voss for the new battleships whose construction was recently voted by the Council of the Empire, decided at its sitting yesterday in favour of the German plans. The proposed battleships will be of 20,000 tons and will have a speed of 21¼ knots, and their heavy armament will consist of 12in. guns. They will each carry 800 men. The vessels will be built at St. Petersburg yards with Russian material by Russian workmen.