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Grand Fleet Warship Design and Development, 1906-1922

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In this book, the sequel to the highly acclaimed Warrior to Dreadnought, renowned warship author D. K. Brown brings his knowledge and experience as a warship designer to the story of the Royal Navy's development of World War I warships and the influence of that conflict on future warship design. The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 ushered in one of the most rapid periods of warship development in history, and only ten years after this all-big-gun, turbine-powered battleship was completed, two entire fleets of Dreadnoughts would meet at Jutland and put the work of the prewar designers to the ultimate test.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848320857
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

D.K. Brown was a distinguished naval architect who retired in 1988 as Deputy Chief 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.
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Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgements
Pt. I Pre-War Developments
Introduction 10
1 Preparations for War 16
2 Attack and Defence: Pre-War Trials 26
Pt. II Pre-War Designs
3 Battleships 36
4 Cruisers 55
5 Destroyers and Early Naval Aviation 68
6 Submarines 78
Pt. III Wartime Experience and Design
7 Major Vessels 88
8 Wartime Destroyers and Aviation Vessels 106
9 Wartime Submarines 124
10 Smaller Vessels and Shipbuilding 136
11 Action Damage and the Experience of War 155
12 Warship Design from the Armistice to Washington 172
13 The Achievement: the Right Ships and the Right Fleet 188
App. 1 Views on the All-Big-Gun Battleship 192
App. 2 Thornycroft and Yarrow 'Specials' of the First World War 194
App. 3 Riveting 197
App. 4 The Stability of a Flooded Ship 199
App. 5 Second Moment of Area and Moment of Inertia 200
Review of Principal Sources 201
Glossary and Abbreviations 203
Index 205
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