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Pre-dreadnought battleship


Pre-dreadnought battleships were sea-going battleships built between the mid- to late 1880s and 1905, before the launch of HMS Dreadnought. Pre-dreadnoughts replaced the ironclad battleships of the 1870s and 1880s. Built from steel, and protected by hardened steel armour, pre-dreadnought battleships carried a main battery of very heavy guns in barbettes supported by one or more secondary batteries of lighter weapons. They were powered by coal-fuelled triple-expansion steam engines.


  • Evolution 

  • Armament 

  • Protection 

  • Propulsion 

  • Pre-dreadnought fleets and battles 

  • Obsolescence 

  • Lone survivor 

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