Jane's Fighting Ships

Diagrams of HMS Dreadnought from the 1906–07 edition

Jane's Fighting Ships is an annual reference book (also published online, on CD and microfiche) of information on all the world's warships arranged by nation, including information on ship's names, dimensions, armaments, silhouettes and photographs, etc. Its annual editions cover the warships used by the different national naval and paramilitary forces, and provide data on their characteristics.

It was originally published by John F. T. Jane (usually known as "Fred T.") in London in 1898 as Jane's All the World's Fighting Ships, in order to assist the public in playing naval wargames.[1] Its success launched a number of military publications carrying the name "Jane's". It is a unit of Jane's Information Group, which is now owned by IHS.[2]

The following is a list of major works which followed the format of Jane's original work:

TitleEditorPublisherISBNYear
All the World's Fighting ShipsJane, Fred TLittle, Brown and Co1898
Jane's Fighting Ships 1922Parkes, OscarSampson, Low, Marston and Co, London1922
Jane's Fighting Ships 1924Parkes, Oscar and McMurtrie, FrancisSampson, Low, Marston and Co, London1924
Jane's Fighting Ships 1941McMurtrie, Francis E.Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London1942
Jane's Fighting Ships 1943–44McMurtrie, Francis E.Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London1944
Jane's Fighting Ships 1949–50Blackman, RaymondMcGraw-Hill Book Company Inc., New York1949
Jane's Fighting Ships 1952–53Blackman, RaymondMcGaw Hill, Canada and Samson, Low, Marston Co, London1952
Jane's Fighting Ships 1954–55Blackman, RaymondMcGraw Hill Canada1955
Jane's Fighting Ships 1956–57Blackman, RaymondJane's Fighting Ships Publishing Co1957
Jane's Fighting Ships 1958–59Blackman, RaymondMcGraw Hill Canada1959
Jane's Fighting Ships 1960-61Sampson, Low, Marston and Co, London1961
Jane's Fighting Ships 1970–71Blackman, RaymondMcGraw-Hill Book Company, New York07-032205-81970
Jane's Fighting Ships 1973–74Moore, Capt. JohnMcGraw Hill Canada07-032020-91974
Jane's Fighting Ships 1974–75Moore, Capt. JohnFranklin Watts Inc, NY0-531-02743-01975
Jane's Fighting Ships 1979–80Moore, Capt.John Franklin Watts Inc, NY0-531-03913-71980
Jane's Fighting Ships 1983–84Moore, Capt. JohnJane's Year Books0-7106-0774-11984
Jane's Fighting Ships of World War IIPreston, AntonyJane's Publishing Company1-851-70494-91989
Jane's Fighting Ships 1992–93Sharpe, Capt. RichardJane's Data Division0-7106-0983-31993
Jane's Fighting Ships 1995–96Sharpe, Capt. RichardJane's Information Group Limited0-7106-1254-01995

The Jane's editions of 1898, 1905, 1906, 1914, 1919, 1924, 1931, 1939 and 1944 were reissued in facsimile reprints by Arco Publishing in 1969.

In Fiction

In the Galactic future envisioned by Science Fiction writer Bertram Chandler, Jane's is publishing directories of spaceships, and Chandler's characters in various episodes consult these directories.

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