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From: "Samuel W. Moore" <>
Subject: Re: H.M.S. Dreadnought
Date: Wed, 8 Sep 1999 23:29:01 -0600
Until the HMS Dreadnought appeared, the standard battleship consisted
of four 12 inch guns supported by a mixed battery of guns of smaller
calibers. The Dreadnought's main armament was ten 12 inch guns each
capable of firing a 850 lb projectile. Thus if all eight guns of the
Dreadnought's broadside fired simultaneously, 6,800 lbs of steel and
high explosive hurtled down on the enemy. The Dreadnought, because of
the gun placement was the equivalent of two or even three earlier
ships. In addition the Dreadnought was much more heavily armoured
than earlier ships and was powered by turbine engines (design speed of
20.9 knots). In all the total displacement was 17,900 tons.The ship's
keel was laid on October 2 1905, christened on 10 February 1906,
first went to sea on 1 October 1906 and entered the Royal Navy 11
December 1906. The HMS Dreadnought made all former battleships a
liability, and began a race where all nations, Germany, Japan. the
United States, strove to build ships based on the Dreadnought design.
Hope that fills you in a little on HMS Dreadnought.
<> wrote in message news:...
> This summer while wading through knee-high grass in the old family
> Drinagh, Co. Cork, I came upon a tombstone for a Daniel Regan, who
> probably a second cousin or so (my great-grandmother would probably
> his aunt). The inscription reads "Chief Gunner D. Regan/HMS
> July 1919 Age 44/In loving memory of Daniel Regan/Husband of Mary
> Regan/Leap." At the risk of exposing my ignorance, what was the
> Dreadnought? I gather it was an early English battleship which
> prototype for a line of ships.
> Since Daniel Regan died in 1919, after World War I, do I assume he
> longer in service? Or did something happen to the ship in 1919? If
> served in the British Navy, where would I find his naval records?
> I hope someone can shed light on the subject.
> Sheila Connolly (of the Knockskagh Connollys)