Re: @Peter Gathercole - HMS Belfast
Peter Gathercole wrote :- "
[The competition] is the best historical artefact, so unfortunately, it is limited to what actually still exists"
The Turbinia then, the first turbine vessel, now in a Newcastle museum.
"but Dreadnought herself was rapidly overtaken by subsequent ships"
So was the Bombe overtaken, and most other good inventions (not Concorde though)
"the Queen Elizabeth class [battleships], which was IMHO probably the peak of the British Super Dreadnoughts. Subsequent ships ... culminated in the fast battleship"
Indeed, the QEs was superb, but they were "fast battleships" as a type, the first of the type. At Jutland they were placed with the battlecruiser squadrons, having the speed for it.
Citizen99 wrote :- "Slightly pedantic topic swerve ;-) , The Hood was a battlecruiser"
Yes, but battlecruisers are generally regarded as a type of battleship rather than a type of cruiser. The Dreadnought type and the battlecruiser type were later merged into the single fast battleship type, mentioned by PG.
Battlecruisers got a bad name because of the losses at Jutland, and of the Hood. However this is partly a consequence of their being in the forefront of the fleet; at Jutland they (and the QEs) took the brunt of the fighting and night fell before the main Dreadnought fleets got to grips with each other. The Hood was sent after the Bismark because it was one of the few available British "battleships" fast enough to stand a chance of catching it.