battleship_mikasa_from_jfs1906_cropped.pngThis schematic is a nice example of the pre-dreadnought layout. Mikasa was laid down in 1900.

There is something compelling about the pre-dreadnought era. It seems to me to be representative of a generalist attitude. A ship had to have lots of options for different engagement ranges. It is pre-specialisation thinking, effectively.

Myazaki also clearly likes the pre-dreadnought design principles as most of his (large) fantasy/sci-fi ships follow the generalist pattern.