Monday, July 5, 2010

Fisher's Revolution

On October 21, 1905, the hundredth anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar, the British announced to the world their laying down of a Battleship that would change the course of not just battleship history but the history of the twentieth century. HMS Dreadnought was not the first all-big-gun design, or for that matter the first ship of that type to be laid down. But as it turned out , she was the the first one to be completed, otherwise her type would be known as "Satsumas" instead of "Dreadnoughts"( the Satsuma, by the way, was laid down by the Japanese before Tsushima even happened, but was completed a Pre-Dreadnought). Jackie Fisher, the brilliant first lord that dreamed up Dreadnought, was a very Eccentric man. He had once commanded one of the most powerful ships in the fleet, which was scrapped in 1903. Eventually becoming the first lord, he scrapped most of the out dated ships in the Navy, starting the development of the modern Royal Navy, and indirectly setting an example for many other navies all over the world.

1 comment:

  1. I don't think Fisher was ever First Lord - he was Second Sea Lord, and twice First Sea Lord. The "First Lord" of the Admiralty is (or was) usually a civilian politician. At the outbreak of WWI, Churchill was First Lord, and he brought Fisher back from retirement as First Sea Lord.