Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship

Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship

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Great Dreadnought, The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt,mightiest battleship
 
Great Dreadnought
The strange Story of H.M.S. Agincourt, the mightiest battleship of World War I.
By Richard Hough
Hardbound with dust jacket
193 pages
Copyright 1966, 1967  FIRST US edition

CONTENTS
Illustrations follow page 130
1The Good Salesman132The Shipbuilders403The New Owners624The Turkish Sailors865The Seizure1095The Pursuit1237The Battle146Index189

Few ships have been so awesome in their might or so curious in their history as was H.M.S. Agincourt. In the period of violent nationalism and fierce naval rivalries that preceded World War I, she was the ultimate seagoing weapon, the battleship of battleships. Born of an arms-race in one hemisphere, she became a focus of intrigue half a world away, and took part in the greatest naval battle of World War I.
The largest fighting ship afloat, she could hurl nearly 12,000 pounds of high explosives at the enemy every thirty seconds. This book tells her fascinating story. It is a story of mutiny, financial and political machinations and international intrigue. Even as her giant guns were being mounted and her splendid furnishings readied, ownership of the vessel passed from Brazil to Turkey to Great Britain. Finally, she took her place as part of the British Grand Fleet in the Battle of Jutland.
Here is naval history at its exciting best, a book that does full justice to the greatness of the Agincourt and to the rich drama of her story.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
One of the foremost writers on naval history, Richard Hough is known widely among readers in America and Britain. Among his books have been Dreadnought, The Potemkin Mutiny, The Battle of Jutland, and The Fleet That Had to Die. His histories of the world's great cars and motorcycles have also been highly praised. Mr. Hough lives in England with his wife and four daughters.

BOARDING THE GREATEST SHIP AFLOAT, 1914
"In the early hours of the last day of peace for Britain, the advance party from the Royal Yacht made their way from the Central Station at Newcastle downstream to Armstrong's new Walker yard. 'She was a tremendous sight, none of us had ever seen anything like her before,' one lieutenant commented on the moment when he first sighted the Agincourt. On that brilliantly sunny August morning when the first of her company came aboard . . . they saw her in the full perfection of her grace and beauty-as Tennyson d'Eyn-court had drawn her for the Brazilian Minister of Marine more than three years before.
". . . Everywhere they looked there were the barrels of guns-3-inch guns behind shields or in ports, 6-inch guns in a long battery in the upper deck, behind shields on the forecastle deck, and higher yet in the bridges fore and aft; 12-inch guns in turrets, seven of them, one for every day in the week, as someone observed, and from that time the turrets were named-forward to aft-from Sunday to Saturday. Below decks, everyone was overwhelmed by the impression of size and spaciousness, although there were misgivings among some of the officers, and one remarked, 'She's no ship to be torpedoed in!"
-From "THE GREAT DREADNOUGHT"

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