Although not as famous as the later battleship of the same name, Dreadnought was one of the first mastless, seagoing turret battleships, a type that evolved to into the common "predreadnought" designs. Completed in 1879, she was an enlarged version of the previous Devastation class design, and was a somewhat better seaboat. She remained in first-line service through 1894, after which she was reduced to coastal and harbor service until placed in reserve in 1905 and sold in 1908.
She is shown here in drydock, showing her massive underwater hull and ram bow, round forward turret, and distinctive mast and funnels. Although her freeboard seems low by modern standards, it was quite high for ships of her type.
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