HMS Dreadnought

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Several ships and one submarine of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Dreadnought in the expectation that they would "dread nought", i.e. "fear nothing". The 1906 ship, which revolutionized battleship design, became one of the Royal Navy's most famous vessels; battleships built after her were referred to as 'dreadnoughts', and earlier battleships became known as pre-dreadnoughts.

Battle honours[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Dreadnought was a gunboat that the garrison at Gibraltar launched in June 1782 during the Great Siege of Gibraltar. She was one of 12. Each was armed with an 18-pounder gun, and received a crew of 21 men drawn from Royal Navy vessels stationed at Gibraltar. Brilliant provided Dreadnought's crew.[2]
  • Dreadnought was a gunboat operating in North American waters in 1813. On 6 November 1813 she captured the schooners Polly and Cyrus.

Citations and references[edit]


  1. ^ Boniface (2003), p 84.
  2. ^ Drinkwater (1905), p.246.


  • Boniface, Patrick (2003) Dreadnought: Britain's First Nuclear Powered Submarine. (Periscope Publishing). ISBN 978-1904381099
  • Drinkwater, John (1905) A History of the Siege of Gibraltar, 1779-1783: With a Description and Account of that Garrison from the Earliest Times. (J. Murray).