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Battleship histories. Royal naval battleship HMS Dreadnought. Battleship website dedicated to the history of HMS Dreadnought from its launch to its participation in major wars also notice board for Naval Enthusiasts and Historians and Descendants of ex-crew of HMS Dreadnought.

HMS Dreadnought shown left flying an Admiral's flag

In 1905 the British Admiralty approved plans for the worlds first dreadnought. The first battleship to be powered by Turbine propulsion system, which gave her a speed of 21.5 knots during her trials, which compared to the earlier battleship speeds of 17 to 18 knots. It took just one year to complete the construction of HMS Dreadnought, from the beginning of laying her keel to the ship being completed and only six months later she entered service.  HMS Dreadnought was the flagship of the the 4th battle squadron at the outbreak of world war One and on the 18th March 1915 she rammed and sunk the German U-Boat U29in the North Sea.  HMS Dreadnought missed the Battle of Jutland as she was in refit due to her poor condition and in August 1917 she was transferred to the Navy Reserve. Finally sold for breaking up in May 1921. and finally scrapped in 1923.

HMS Dreadnought - Name History

The ninth “DREADNOUGHT” is a 10-gun turbine battleship launched at Portsmouth in 1906.  She is of 17,900 tons, 27,500 horse-power, and 22 knots speed.  Her length, beam, and draught were 490ft., 82ft., and 26ft.   This vessel represented an important departure from the comtemporary battleship design, and as she was the first vessel of the twentieth century to embody the all-big-gun principle, as well as to be fitted with turbine machinery, much attention was concentrated upon her trials and subsequent behaviour.  On August 5th, 1907, His Majesty, the late king Edward the Seventh, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Alexandra, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales, Princess Victoria, Prince Edward of Wales and H. R. H. the Duke of Connaught visited H.M.S. “Dreadnought” at Spithead.  Their Majesties were received by the Board of Admiralty, Vice-Admiral Sir Francis Bridgeman, commanding the home fleet, and Captain R. H. Bacon, who commanded the ship.  The Standard having being broken, Their Majesties inspected the battleship, and proceeding for a short cruise, witnessed some firing by the 12-in. guns, and also a series of exercises performed by the Submarine Flotilla. Soon after his accession to the Throne, His Majesty King George the fifth honoured the Home Fleet with a visit at Torbay.  On July 27th and 28th, 1910, the “Dreadnought,” commanded by Captain H. W. Richmond, flying the flag of Admiral Sir William H. May, the Commander-in-Chief, proceeded to sea for various exercises with the fleet, and His Majesty the King was graciously pleased to go to sea and fly his Royal Standard in the “Dreadnought” on both these occasions.   

HMS Dreadnought with Torpedo Nets Out.

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HMS Dreadnought pictured in June 1907

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HMS Dreadnought with her deck shades out.

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HMS Dreadnought leaving Portsmouth harbour October 1906.

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HMS Dreadnought at anchor

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HMS Dreadnought heads out of port.

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HMS Dreadnought, August 1907.

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HMS Dreadnought, August 1907.

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HMS Dreadnought, August 1907.

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HMS Dreadnought, August 1907.

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HMS Dreadnought, c.1915.

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HMS Dreadnought, c.1915.

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Displacement 21,060 tons.   Speed 21 knots  Range 6,000 miles  Armament: Ten 12 - inch Guns in Pairs, Twenty Eight 3 - inch Guns   Compliment 810

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HMS Dreadnought off Cowes.

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Crew of HMS Dreadnought.

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HMS Dreadnought firing a Broadside and Fusillade of her 12-Inch Guns. 

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HMS Dreadnought's guns at the ready

HMS Dreadnought's after turret guns

The bridge of HMS Dreadnought, 1909.

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HMS Dreadnought at Portsmouth by Randall Wilson.


HMS Dreadnought at Portsmouth by Randall Wilson.

HMS Dreadnought passes Spice Island as she heads for the open sea escorted by a torpedo boat destroyer.
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