A good naval site will have loads of details. It’ll tell you how big the guns were. It’ll tell you the displacement at various loads. It’ll tell you about the armour scheme and how thick the plating was. It’ll demonstrate an unhealthy interest in double bottoms. Particularly filthy ones might even whisper something about shaft horsepower.
Right, great. There’s loads of those already. Off you pop.
Now let’s make a fun naval site.
We want stories. We want opinions. We want to make you laugh. We want to be vaguely accurate but certainly never fair. If there’s a terrible submarine then we’ll stick in Das Boot. We’ll write it in a way that proper historians wince at but then concede is actually pretty funny. We all know they’ll be quoting it in the bar later anyway. We’ll write about all sorts of boats – commercial and naval, hyped and hypothetical. Some of those boats might even have been competent. Along the way we’ll no doubt learn something. Possibly that we shouldn’t have started.
So don’t expect numbers. Don’t expect careful graphs. Don’t come here looking for nuanced debate about the relative merits of the Kriegsmarine’s surface fleet in- I’m bored already.
Welcome to the worst ships to ever disgrace a slipway. Welcome to a world of percussive cartography. Welcome to a site that understands basic naval theory but nonetheless worships the unbalanced fleet. And welcome to a site that never saw a tumblehome it didn’t want to take home and cuddle.
Welcome to the DreadShips.