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HMS Dreadnought : A History In Pictures, Paintings & Sketches

HMS Dreadnought : A History In Pictures Never before has one warship or weapon changed the face of battle on such an epic global scale.

Photograph of Royal Navy ship HMS Dreadnought (1906) taken 36 days after keel had been laid. Plating of armored deck is largely complete and beams for main deck can be seen.
Dreadnought two days after the keel was laid. Most of lower frames are in place plus a few of the beams which supported the armored deck.
Royal Navy ship HMS Dreadnought (1906) five days after laying of keel. Frams to support armored deck can be seen.

HMS Dreadnought rewrote the playbook for battleships and changed the plans for every military’s navy around the globe.

This illustration of the British battleship HMS Dreadnought was on the frontispiece of the 1907 edition of Brassey’s Naval Annual.

The Royal Navy redefined the battleship genre.

HMS Dreadnought rendered every battleship built prior to her obsolete. Her speed and firing capacity made her abilities in a different league from the world’s battleships.

THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR (Q 75229) Battleship HMS Dreadnought. Copyright: © IWM. Original Source:
In 1903, just three years before the construction of Dreadnought, the mastermind of Dreadnoughts Italian Naval officer Vittorio Cuniberti published his article on an ‘all big-gun battleship’ in “Jane’s Fighting Ships”. He had been repelled by the Italian Navy and wanted to show the world his idea.
Cuniberti’s design

However, the major naval forces of the day had recognized much of Cuniberti’s thinking already and were working on the new era of battleships.

Dreadnought 1906–1908
Royal Navy saluting HMS Dreadnought and royal family, probably during naval review
Image of H.M.S. Dreadnought firing a broadside.
HMS ‘Dreadnought’ (1906) with awning rigged, anchored in the Thames Estuary. A port stern view of the battleship ‘Dreadnought’ (1906) with her awning rigged amidships and aft, anchored in the Thames Estuary off Southend for the Thames Naval Review. The guest (boat) booms are deployed. To the right of ‘Dreadnought’ is the Admiralty Despatch Vessel ‘Surprise’ (1885). HMS ‘Dreadnought’ (1906) with awning rigged, anchored in the Thames Estuary.
Photograph of British battleship HMS Dreadnought in harbor, with flags flying from both masts and from the sternpost, circa 1906-07. Removed caption read: Photo # NH 63367 HMS Dreadnought (British battleship, 1906).

Maritime painting “The First Battle Squadron of Dreadnoughts, 1910”
Photograph of HMS Dreadnought (1906) showing the aft 12 inch Mk X gun turrets, with 2 QF 12 pounder 18 cwt guns, for defence against torpedo boats, mounted on the roof of X turret (nearest camera).
Turret with twin 12-inch Mk X guns. Two 12-pounder guns are mounted on the roof for defence against torpedo boats.
12-pounder guns mounted on ‘X’ turret; note the sighting hoods on the turret roof
HMS Dreadnought and Victory by Henry J Morgan Copyright HMS Excellent / Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
Many credit the HMS Dreadnought for sparking an arms race that would result in the first World War.
1909 cartoon in Puck shows (clockwise) US, Germany, Britain, France and Japan engaged in naval race in a “no limit” game.

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