The H.M.S. Dreadnought was a WW1 era British battleship, part of the Grand Fleet. If I remember correctly, it was the largest of it's type when built, supposedly unsinkable, and well covered in the press of the day. The name would have been recognized by everyone, and would have no doubt helped the sales of a revolver. But it wasn't a Colt.
In the prelude to the Great War, both England and Germany were involved in an naval arms race which had it's climax in the launching of HMS Dreadnought in 1906. Since there was only one dreadnought built you can't really speak of a class. However that Dreadnought was followed by 8! classes of other battleships exsisting of 31 battleships which were then all considered as Dreadnoughts. The first HMS dreadnought had a waterdisplacement of 17.900 tons, had a top speed of almost 21 knots and its main armamnt consisted of 10 12 inch guns sitting in 5 twin turrets. The germans of course responded in building 5 classes of "dreadnoughts" consisting of 21 ships of which 2 never were completed.
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The Dreadnaught, I believe, albeit a new ship was conceptually different from preceding capital ships. All the main armament was in turrets that could be brought to bear on either side. Before then, some of the armament was mounted on the side of the ships.
The Texas is a Dreadnaught class ship. I remember reading about it when I visited it over by the Houston ship channel. Very interesting tour to go on if you get a chance.
A friend of the family was with us and he served on a sister ship to the Texas in WWII and was given very free acess with the tour guide. Our friend showed us where his bunk was, where his duty station was, all sorts of interesting little details of the ship that even the tour guide did not know about. It really put the guy in perspective to me.
Anyway, the US navy did have some ships in the Dreadnaught class up and past WWII.
To get back to revovlers, I've always been aware of S&W clones from Spain, but I've never heard much about Colt clones from Spain. How many were there? I've not run across S&W clones from Belgium.
In the 1980's or there abouts, Lowe in Germany manufactured a clone of the S&W Russian, but did so under license to S&W. This was a high quality piece. (Never have seen anything but high quality with the Lowe name on it.)
Dreadnaught was a ship, a class of ships, and a generic name for all big gun battle ships after it. It was considered a break-through design as it had all Big Gun armament instead of a range of calibres. It also was the start of an arms race. I belive that it was obsolete by the battle of Juttland, and I'm not sure it was there. The formula was 12" guns, 12" armour plate, and 12 knots cruising speed (I'm not as dead sure about the last figure), but it did have turbine engines. One thing you will see on the Dreadnaught are the two side "wing" turrets. These were dropped on later models.