Warrior to Dreadnought (Paperback)
Warship Development 1860-1905
In the 50 years that separated Warrior from Dreadnought there occurred a revolution in warship design quite unparalleled in naval history; a period that began with the fully-rigged broadside ironclads and ended with the emergence of the great battleships and battlecruisers that were to fight in the First World War.
The author explains how ninetheenth-century designers responded to developments in engine technology, armour protection and armament in their attempts to develop the best possible fighting ships. He details the development of more efficient engines that brought about the demise of the sailing warship, and the competition between armour and armament, with every increase in the power of guns stimulating the development of ever more sophisticated methods of protection.
Importantly, he explains that the Victorian Royal Navy, far from being the reactionary body it is so often depicted as, was, in fact, at the forefront of technological change, for example in the employment of torpedoes and the development of countermeasures to them.
Full accounts are given of the significant naval events and battles of the period, making the book a fine narrative history as well as a brilliant work of warship reference.
D K BROWN was a distinguished naval architect who retired in 1988 as Deputy Chief Naval Architect of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. He published widely on the subject of warship design and built a reputation as a clear and brilliant commentator on the development of the ships of the Royal Navy. He died in 2008.
"The author has also gone to much trouble over the captions, which are extensive and complement the text – and have very few errors. Highly recommended"The Navy Magazine
The author has managed to make the technical detail accessible to the layman and consequently it is easy to read as well as being authorative. Deserves to be on the bookshelf of any nautical enthusiast. Very highly recommended.Marine News
Full accounts are given of the significant naval events and battles of the period, making the book a fine narrative history as well as a brilliant work of warship reference.Heritage and History
There is a lot of information in this book and it has to be read to be appreciated.THE NAUTICAL MAGAZINE
An excellent book, a good standard of reproduction and a fine selection of photographs and illustrations. Highly recommended.Fire Book Reviews www.reviews.firetrench.com
10th February 1906
British battleship HMS Dreadnought launches after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with its revolutionary design