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The Battleship Dreadnought [Hardcover]

John Roberts
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September 2001 Anatomy of the Ship
Launched in 1906, HMS Dreadnought was the first all big-gun battleship and, as such, revolutionized battleship design for more than a generation. Though she saw little action during her career, her influence was profound.

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John Roberts is widely recognized for his contributions to warship literature. He was editor of Warship for six years and is the coauthor of the standard works on British battleships and cruisers of the Second World War period. His superb warship plans led one authority to describe him as “the best draughtsman in the UK.” His two previous volumes for Conway, on the Dreadnought and Intrepid, were widely acclaimed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent combination of Conway and Roberts. July 27 2013
By Ned Middleton TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Conway Publishing is internationally recognised for the quality of the works they publish with regard to maritime subjects. Their ‘Anatomy of the Ship’ series of books has become synonymous with minute detail concerning specific ships. Author John Roberts is also well known for his own excellent contributions to warship literature and is, therefore, responsible for enhancing our knowledge of various ships and ship types. In this instance, these two authorities have combined forces to produce an excellent work which easily ranks amongst the best of their best.

The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 changed the face of naval warfare forever - just as the introduction of the jet engine later changed all air forces. From the very moment this revolutionary warship went into service all other warships - no matter how recently commissioned, became obsolete at a stroke. From this point onwards all the battleships in all the world’s navies would become designated as either pre-Dreadnought or post-Dreadnought. As with all new and revolutionary designs, however, those early and very complex examples had their teething problems and the first replacements came about after lessons were learned.

As one of the larger (thicker) examples from this series of books (256 pages), this work is truly outstanding in both scale and scope. From the serious modeller to the expert and amateur historian alike, this book contains all the information required for any project you care to name.

With over 650 perspective and 3-view technical drawings of such aspects as; general arrangements, hull construction, machinery, superstructure, rig, armament, fire control and boats there is sufficient information for here the modeller to make – as a single example, a model of just the steam pinnace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what it claims to be Feb. 24 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Useful to ship modellers and probably not to many other people. It's reference, not a page turner. I'm very happy with my purchase.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
This volume measures up to the superb standards of the Anatomy of a Ship series, and it is high time we had such a comprehensive and attractive guide to HMS Dreadnought, the prototype for all 20th century battleships. The book includes a narrative history of the ship and description of its features, full technical data, and superb drawings of virtually every detail of the ship's construction and equipment. The one request I would ask only for more interior photos. Highly recommended to historians, naval buffs and serious modellers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Star Treatment for Historic and Revolutionary Ship Jan. 31 2003
By Peter Brase - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This volume measures up to the superb standards of the Anatomy of a Ship series, and it is high time we had such a comprehensive and attractive guide to HMS Dreadnought, the prototype for all 20th century battleships. The book includes a narrative history of the ship and description of its features, full technical data, and superb drawings of virtually every detail of the ship's construction and equipment. The one request I would ask only for more interior photos. Highly recommended to historians, naval buffs and serious modellers.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed Description- Limited analysis Oct. 19 2005
By N. Doyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The book can be broken into three parts, the first is relatively brief and gives the background to how the ship came about, its costs, major issues etc.

There then follows an extensive collection of photograhs showing the ship during it's construction.

The remainder of the book (probably about 60% of it) consists of plans and construction drawings of the ship. These provide a wealth of detail on all aspects of the ship ranging from construction of the ships boilers to the attachment arrangement of steel girders.

If you want to see how an early dreadnought is put together you'll love this book. However it doesn't give the designers reasoning for the decisions made (or the issues they had to resolve). Therefore if you want to know what was built it's a good chioce; if you want to know why they built it the way they did you'll need to look elsewhere (Battleship Design & Development 1905-1945 by Friedman gives a much more detailed assessment of the conflicting engineering issues facing any battleship designer).
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very unusal book that you don't expect to find July 8 2005
By Kyle A. Wiegers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In a nutshell this book is detailed blueprints for the HMS Dreadnought. There is a small amount of text at the beginning, as well as unusually in depth statistical details such as how much the ship cost to be built as well.

The majority of the book after that first chapter are all schematics. You will see deck by deck plans for every toom in the ship, with many rooms even more detailed in their own chapters. Who would have guessed the ship's prison was in the same room as the toilets at the rear of the ship? Did you know that the ammunition bunkers have air conditioning to keep the gunpowder/cordite a consistant temperature for consistant gunnery? Did you know that the boiler rooms have air forced into them in the steam age equivalent of turbo charging?

Where the book does fall flat however is explaining all these details. You had better already have a good idea of what the components of a battleship are, because the schematics do not explain what it is you are looking at.

I still give it a 5 out of 5 because you will not find this level of detail in any other book.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning detail. Aug. 2 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is nearly complete enough to build the real ship. It's quite amazing that this ship, that changed naval warfare, never fired a shot in her entire career!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING VALUE Dec 16 2013
By David Hollingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
EVERY bit as good as the original "Anatomy of the Ship" series....but sells for around 1/2 the price, (if not less).
OUTSTANDING value for money. AWESOME book.
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