German Battleship Helgoland – book review.
Seaforth Publishing, in association withThe National Maritime Museum Greenwich, is publishing a series of books of plans and history of famous warships, in this case the Helgoland.
GERMAN BATTLESHIP HELGOLAND
Detailed in the original builders’ plans
By Aidan Dodson
I opened this large format, hardcover book of ship plans at midnight, expecting a quick flip through, and was able put it down 3 hours later. But I will be returning.
The first 20 pages outline the development of German dreadnaughts and their wartime careers and fates, and a fascinating history it is. The ship structure, armament, machinery (including engines), protection, pumping systems and damage control, and fire control are described in a degree of detail which was satisfying and not overwhelming to this non expert but interested reader-reviewer.
Then, all but 20 of its 144 pages are reproductions of the original builders’ plans of the WW1 German battleship Helgoland. The plans are detailed, and beautiful and fascinating. With original annotations in German, translated and explained in the margins. The 940 x 290mm centre fold of the longitudinal section is just stunning!
Modelers, historians, ship aficionados, and anyone with a vague interest in battleships will love this book. I certainly do, and eagerly await further volumes in the series.