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Why The Dreadnoughtthe whole British fleet was morally scrapped and labelled obsolete atthe moment when it was the zenith of its efficiency and equal not to twobut practically to all the navies of the world combinedRichards to Beresford 1909At the beginning of the 20th century the British Navy was secondto none In fact it was more powerful than all other navies in the worldcombined It is at precisely this time that the British government chose tointroduce a brand new ship and by doing so not only made their entire fleetobsolescent but also gave other countries the chance to catch up to Britishnaval dominance This ship the Dreadnought was the work of a British navaladministrator named Admiral Sir John Fisher and it forever changed the waythat navies would be built and how they would fight Fisher was able to usehis naval foresight to combine new and rapidly developing technologies tomake the Dreadnought a ship which set the standard for all ships to follow This essay will examine the reasons why there was a need for the Dreadnoughthow Fisher fulfilled that need and the effect the Dreadnought had on theBritish Navy Admiral Sir John Arbuthnot Fisher played a distinguished role inthe late 19th and early 20th century British navy From 1886 to 1903 heserved successively as the director of Naval Ordnance the Third Sea Lord andController and the Second Sea Lord It was in these positions that he wasexposed to and implemented many new technologies such as quick-firing gunsoptical range-finders and the water-tube boiler The positions he held alsogave him access to the British Naval Admiralty and the chance to impose hisideas and policies Fisher was therefore able to gather others ideas for anew big-gun only ship combine them into the Dreadnought and then convincethe Admiralty to build them despite the consequences To understand howFisher was able to do this the reasons behind the need for a ship like theDreadnought must first be examined As the
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