HMS Dreadnought

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Eight ships and one submarine of the Royal Navy have so far been called HMS Dreadnought , named after the English phrase "fear nothing (except God)" :

  • The first HMS Dreadnought was a 40-gun galleon launched in 1553 .
  • The second HMS Dreadnought was a 41-gun galleon that was commissioned in 1573, thoroughly modernized in 1592 and 1614, and scrapped in 1648.
  • The third HMS Dreadnought was a 52-gun frigate launched in 1654 , initially named Torrington , renamed in 1660 and lost at sea in 1690.
  • The fourth HMS Dreadnought , a 4th class ship of the line with 60 cannons, was launched in 1691, rebuilt in 1706 and demolished in 1748.
  • The fifth HMS Dreadnought was also a 4th class double decker with 60 guns. Built in 1742, it was sold for scrapping in 1784.
  • The sixth HMS Dreadnought was a 98-gun triplane built in 1801; In 1827 it was converted into a hospital ship , and in 1857 it was scrapped.
  • The seventh HMS Dreadnought entered service as a tower ship in 1879 . It was used as the Hulk since 1903 and was scrapped in 1908.
  • The eighth HMS Dreadnought was the first battleship of the completely new dreadnought type. The ship was launched in 1906 and was scrapped in 1923.
  • The ninth HMS Dreadnought , which entered service in 1963, was the first British nuclear submarine : it was decommissioned in 1980.
  • The tenth HMS Dreadnought , the lead ship of a class of nuclear powered missile submarines under development, the Dreadnought class .


  1. Boniface, Patrick. Dreadnought: Britain's First Nuclear Powered Submarine . Periscope Publishing Ltd. 2003, p. 84.

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