I am blogging about Battleships...Again. It seems to be popular on my blog, For an Army guy I blog a lot about the big gray canoes that the Navy used to have in active service.
My Son back in 2012 on the U.S.S Alabama
You ever wonder where the name "Battleship" came from?, well I have the knowledge right here, I kinda wondered where the name came from, sure the name imparted the purpose of the ship. the name just conotated that the ship was there to kick butt and take names in the furtherance of National policies, The Big Stick of Diplomacy if diplomacy fails, you use the Big stick to beat the other guy into submission. And depending on the class of the ship and crew it can be spectacular.
Think ‘battleship’, and you might think of the steam-driven steel warships that emerged during the last decade or so of the nineteenth century, and which remained an important measure of sea-force until the Second World War. In that, you would be right.The word ‘battleship’, though, is much older. The word ‘battle’ originated from Latin, via old French, and was used in old English as early as 1297, spelt ‘batayle’. But it took a while to be applied to ships. By the early sixteenth century, the term ‘great ship’ was in use to describe the most powerful warship around, typically a one-off prestige vessel such as English monarch Henry VIII’s Henry Grace a’ Dieu of 1514.
Tactics had evolved by about 1600 into a system where fleets sailed into combat in lines. In the Royal Navy, the first four ‘rates’ – later three – could operate in that line of battle, and by the turn of the eighteenth century were generically known as ‘line-of-battle-ships’. The word ‘battleship’, an obvious contraction, was first used in 1794. Admiral Lord Nelson apparently used both forms in a sentence in 1804. ‘We may as well have a battle royal,’ he reputedly declared. ‘Line-of-battle-ships opposed to ships-of-the-line, and frigates to frigates’.
In this age of rapid technical change, however, terminology had trouble keeping up: the all-big-gun battleships that emerged in the first decade of the twentieth century became known as ‘dreadnoughts’ after the first British example, HMS Dreadnought. Larger types became ‘super-dreadnoughts’. Older battleships, in turn, became ‘pre-dreadnoughts’. It was temporary; the term ‘dreadnought’ fell out of use after the First World War, and such vessels again became ‘battleships’ and, on occasion, ‘fast battleships’.