Launched in 1906, HMS Dreadnought was the first all-big-gun battleship and as such revolutionised battleship design for more than a generation. She was built at Portsmouth in 14 months, a record which has never been equalled, and when she was launched she was superior in both firepower and speed to anything then afloat. Perhaps even more radical than her design was the proposal to adopt Parsons turbines which at the time had been hardly tested. Though she saw little action during her career, her influence was profound and she gave her name to a class of ship that dominated the high seas for more than a generation.
The Anatomy of the Ship series aims to provide the finest documentation of individual ships and ship types ever published. What makes the series unique is a complete set of superbly executed line drawings, both the conventional type of plan as well as explanatory views, with fully descriptive keys. These are supported by technical details and a record of the ships service history.
The titles in Conways highly acclaimed Anatomy of the Ship series are widely acknowledged as standard references in their field, providing accurate and comprehensive documentation of individual ships and classes. Selected titles are now available in a new paperback format, making the series accessible to a new generation of historians, scholars, enthusiasts and ship modelmakers.
Forever associated with Nelsons last battle, HMS Victory is one of the most famous ships of all time, and is now preserved as a major part of the Royal Naval Museum, Portsmouth. The ships survival is particularly appropriate since Victory is not only an example of the ultimate sailing warship the three-decker First Rate but was also the most popular and successful 100-gun ship of the period. Forty years old even by the time of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, she had been the flagship of half a dozen famous admirals, and was to continue in active service until 1812.
This superb book includes a full description of the ship and her influence in the development of the First Rate ship of the line, a photographic pictorial reference section, and more than 300 perspective and three-view drawings with in-depth descriptive keys. General arrangements, hull construction, fittings, decoration, masts and yards, rigging and armament as presently restored are all covered in considerable detail.