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, complex and costly vessels In this she succeeded spectacularly in little over a decade fifty such ships were completed, almost exactly double what Germany achieved This heroic achievement was made possible by the country s vast industrial nexus of shipbuilders, engine manufacturers, armament firms and specialist armor producers, whose contribution to the creation of the Grand Fleet is too often ignored....
|Title||:||The Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships|
|Publisher||:||Naval Institute Press April 15, 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||352 pages|
|File Size||:||689 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Battleship Builders: Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships Reviews
Although there are plenty of books on the design and service histories of English capital ships, this is the only one I know of that describes in-depth the vast industrial machine that created them. Covering the era from 1889 to 1946, this book focuses on the shipyards, marine engineering works, armor plants, and armament factories which constructed 111 battleships and battlecruisers during that period. Rather than combat exploits, this book deals with money, manufacturing, and manpower. Ian Johnston (
Holy, moley. When it comes to this book the old 'Dragnet' TV show apocryphal line of "Just the facts, Ma'am' is an understatement. 'The Battleship Builders' is jam-packed (Britspeak: chock-a-block) with superlative photographs and facts up the yin-yang, more arcana on its topic than most of us lay readers can hope to absorb. If you're fascinated by the majesty of the great old battlewagons and would like to learn how such vessels' sophisticated mass was formed and assembled, then you must steer a beeline to the Amazon order page.
First rate story of the private ship building companies in Great Britain in the late 19th and early to mid 20th centuries that constructed most of the battleships for the Royal Navy fleet. The book includes many photographs of battleships under construction and completed. There are also many photos of the manufacturing and construction of ship components such as the heavy guns and turrets. Each separate ship builder is discussed. Also discussed in detail are the procedures for how large warships were designed and constructed in that era. The heavy industrial effort and development that existed in Great Britain a hundred years ago compared to today is simply amazing.
I would actually give this work a solid 3 1/2 stars.
Ian Buxton's book is not about naval tactics and battles, admirals and seamanship. It is a well-researched story of the adaptation of Britain's technological and economic power to the design and construction of big warships in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It describes the way in which the Treasury, unable to fund a big expansion of the Navy's own dockyards to build the new designs of battleships, used contracts with the private sector to accomplish the objective. Private firms jockeyed for position to win the contracts, and brought new skills and techniques to the task. Of course, this involved politics as well. Some key technologies were retained in Admiralty control for strategic reasons. Buxton has provided us with a fascinating view of this period of British industrial history.
Highly detailed and meticulously researched, all the way down to and including in-depth coverage of financial matters and labor-relations. But very densely-written (which to be fair the in-depth coverage of such arcane and technical subject-matter pretty much demands) and difficult to read, especially the second half. Perhaps best absorbed in small doses.