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The Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships

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The launch in 1906 of HMS Dreadnought, the world s first all-big-gun battleship, rendered all existing battle fleets obsolete while at the same time wiping out the Royal Navy s numerical advantage. Britain urgently needed to build an entirely new battle fleet of these larger, more complex and more costly vessels. In this she succeeded spectacularly: in little over a decade ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2013 by US Naval Institute Press
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Phil Geusz
Jul 18, 2015 Phil Geusz rated it really liked it
Painstakingly researched work on the British battleship industry, dealing with everything from high finance to how to a steam-powered armor-rolling mill works. While extraordinarily well researched and of enormous interest to the professional historian, as a mere casual history-lover I missed the personal touch. What was it like to stand on a wooden scaffold and drive red-hot rivets? Who were some of the engineers who developed guns of such precision, and what motivated them to do so? Who were ...more
Aug 07, 2014 Bob rated it it was amazing
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A fascinating book that examines the warship building industry in the UK during the period 1860-1950. Specifically looking at the details of building big gun capital ships since the facilities for building them was so highly specialized that the government (Admiralty) had to manage both the growth (to make sure there was enough capacity to match German building in the run-up to WW1) and the decline (to make sure that capacity did not completely disappear during the years after WW1 when Naval ...more
Ryuta  Fukuya
Jul 21, 2015 Ryuta Fukuya rated it really liked it
I need to agree that this book is well-reserched with using several statics, in this meaning this is a good book.
Unfortunately I have expected it to be a good anouncement of the development of armour, arm, control of salvo, etc. in the sphere of technology.
In this meaning, I am disappointed.
But it seemes not to be author's fault because actually battleships was not able to perform enough in history and were replaced by air craft carriers.
Jun 04, 2013 Norman rated it it was amazing
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A very interesting read. A lot of good information and history.
Fantastic selection of photographs of ships and shipyards and excellent diagrams, maps & illustrations in relation to construction techniques, dockyard cranes and maps of the various yards.
A tremendous book which I will be in and out of for years to come. :-)
Frank Thompson
Jul 15, 2013 Frank Thompson rated it it was amazing
A very good read. Photographs are amazing. Book demonstrates the huge investment in money and industrial infrastructure needed to build a modern navy.
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Great details of what a shipyard in full operation is really like.
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This vibrant new translation comes from the prolific pen of Ian Johnston. Born in Chile in 1938, educated in England and Canada, Johnston graduated from McGill with a BSc in Chemistry and Geology, from Bristol with a BA in English and Greek, and from Toronto with an MA in
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