HMS Dreadnought

Dreadnought was the warship that changed everything. The arms race she sparked helped set a course toward global conflict, while her innovations transformed battleship design.

The Royal Navy’s expansive history has seen many of its ships become culturally prominent. The ‘royal’ or ‘great’ ship Mary Rose is an icon of our Tudor forebears, while Britain’s strength of firstrate ships-of-the-line, such as Victory, won wars. Steam-driven ironclads and armoured frigates replaced these wooden wonders, Warrior being another fabled ship, and by 1870 these had developed into what we know as battleships. Of those, one stands out from all others - Dreadnought.

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