BIRTH OF THE BATTLESHIP: BRITISH CAPITAL SHIP DESIGN 1870-1881.

By: Beeler, John.

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224 pp, 4to (11 1/2" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, drawings, diagrams, plans. "The 1870s and 1880s have traditionally been seen as the 'Dark Ages' of British warship design, where technological conservatism and a lack of any definite design policy produced a confusing mix of ship types, with armament and machinery which were outmoded before the ships were even completed. This new book, however, is a powerful refutation of that view, expanding the scope of its study of the ships of this period beyond the narrowly technological to reveal the full range of strategic, logistical and administrative factors which influenced warship development, arguing that it is here that the origins of the modern battleship can be found. The author gives an insight into the difficulties faced by warship designers in an age of rapid technological change, and sets out the valid strategic and technical reasons that lay behind such seemingly 'reactionary' policies as the fitting of sails in cruising ironclads, and the Navy's retention of muzzle-loading guns well into the 1880s. Far from having no plan, it is shown that the warship designers of this period had a very clear idea of the types of ship required to meet the range of roles the Royal Navy was called upon to fulfill in defence of a global empire, and that the problems that the ships of this period had owed more to political, financial and administrative pressures than any lack of competance on the part of their designers." Dust jacket has some areas of minor edge wrinkling, one tiny tear archivally taped.

Title: BIRTH OF THE BATTLESHIP: BRITISH CAPITAL SHIP DESIGN 1870-1881.

Author Name: Beeler, John.

Categories: Military - Naval, Military - Victorian Era, Sailing & The Sea,

Edition: Reprint

Publisher: London, Caxton: 2003

ISBN Number: 1840675349

ISBN Number 13: 9781840675344

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Seller ID: 23800

Keywords: Admiral class battleships, Admiralty, Boilers, Armour, Ajax, Barbettes, Collingwood, Nathaniel Barnaby, Edward Reed, Royal Navy, Oscar Parkes, Colossus, Edinburgh, Arthur Hood, Inflexible, Dreadnought, Goschen, Astley Cooper Key, Ironclads, 19th Century Naval Ships, Battleship Design, Capital Ships, Royal Navy, RN, Warship Design, Technology, Armament, Technological Change, Sails, Muzzle-Loading Guns, Politics, Finances, british Empire.,