Warrior to Dreadnought

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This fine volume covers the development of the armoured warship between 1860 and 1905. Which is of course from the launch of HMS Warrior to HMS Dreadnought.

This book has a wonderful collection of pictures, plans, tables and analysis for every major warship development during this turbulent time in the history of war at sea.

Written by David K Brown, retired Deputy Chief Naval Architect of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors*, in 1997 and published by Chatham Publishing in England.

From the cover:
The author, D K Brown, a warship designer himself, shows how the nineteenth-century designers responded to developments in engine technology, armour protection and armament in their attempts to produce the best possible fighting ships. He details the development of more efficient engines which finally brought an end to the age of the sailing warship, and the competition between armour and armament, with every increase in hitting power of guns stimulating the development of tougher and more sophisticated forms of protection. Importantly he challenges the traditional perception of the Victorian Royal Navy as being reactionary and obstructive to technological change, showing that it was in fact at the forefront of such change, for example in the development and employment of torpedoes and of countermeasures to them.

Full accounts are given of the famous events of the period, such as the loss of the turret ship Captain, the bombardment of Alexandria in 1882, the ramming of the Victoria by the Camperdown in 1893, the Spanish American War of 1898 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Illustrated throughout with many rare contemporary photographs, this is an indispensable study of the most exciting periods in warship development.

Warrior to Dreadnought
Warship Development 1860-1905

David K Brown RCNC

Chatham Publishing



Keep your sightglass full, your firebox trimmed and your water iced.

* he must have had a really crowded business card biggrin


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