H.M.S. Dreadnought was a battleship of the Royal Navy whose design
had a revolutionary impact on all navies of the world and whose
construction led to an arms race of warships that in no small part
contributed to the start of The Great War.
was the brainchild of Admiral “Jacky” Fisher who became First Sea Lord
in 1904. She was the first all-big-gun battleship to be laid down,
launched, and commissioned. Her design also featured the novel elements
of turbine propulsion and rendered all other battleships building or in
service obsolescent, thus lending her name to an entire generation of
all-big-gun warships.
Dreadnought was serving
in the Grand Fleet as part of the Fourth Battle Squadron and under the
command of Captain Alderson when she rammed and sank U 29.