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The Battleship Dreadnought (Anatomy of the Ship) Hardcover – June 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press; Revised edition (June 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 085177895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851778952
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,353,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Thus, she was the working prototype for all British Great War ships.
William A. Hensler
I still give it a 5 out of 5 because you will not find this level of detail in any other book.
Kyle A. Wiegers
The book is divided into several key sections - photographs, drawings, technical details.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Peter Brase on January 31, 2003
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Doyle on October 19, 2005
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).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kyle A. Wiegers on July 8, 2005
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.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Hollingsworth on December 16, 2013
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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