HMS Dreadnought was one of the most important warships in history and the most important ship of the late 19th Century. She was so significant that navies were forced to describe their battleships as ‘pre-dreadnought’ or ‘dreadnought’. At the time of her design, the Royal Navy was the most powerful navy in the world and had reigned supreme for almost a hundred years. If Dreadnought had marked the height of British ship design she would be a suitable epitaph for the Royal Navy as is began to move towards decline. Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the Royal Navy is that even after British politicians have done everything possible to ensure that it declines to a minor coast defence force, it is still capable of innovating and designing outstanding new warships.