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AGAMEMNON 2nd rate screw ships-of-the-line (1853-1859)

 

Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Agamemnon

    Woolwich DYd 11/1849 22/5/1852 9/2/1853 sold 5/1870
James Watt (ex-Audacious)     Pembroke DYd 9/1850 23/4/1853 27/3/1854 sold 1/1875
Victor Emmanuel (ex-Repulse)     Pembroke DYd 16/5/1853 27/2/1855 9/9/1858 hospital and receiving ship 1873
Edgar     Woolwich DYd 4/7/1853 22/10/1858 19/7/1859 to Customs 12/1870

 

Displacement normal, t

3074bm

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

70.1 pp

Breadth, m

16.9

Draught, m

5.69 - 5.99

No of shafts

1

Machinery

Agamemnon: sails + boilers, 1 2-cyl HSE, trunk

James Watt: sails + boilers, 1 4-cyl oscillating engine

Victor Emmanuel, Edgar: sails + boilers, 1 2-cyl HSE

Power, h. p.

Agamemnon: 2268ihp

James Watt: 1548ihp

Victor Emmanuel: 2424ihp

Edgar: 2475ihp

Max speed, kts

Agamemnon: 11.2

James Watt: 9.4

Victor Emmanuel: 10.7

Edgar: 11.4

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)  

Armament

1 x 1 - 206/15 68pdr 95cwt SBML, 36 x 1 - 204/13 8'' 65cwt shell SBML, 34 x 1 - 163/18 32pdr 56cwt SBML, 20 x 1 - 161/16 32pdr 45cwt SBML

Complement

860

 

Ship project history: New 91-gun screw two-deckers. Surveyor's Department (John Edye) design, approved in 1849, modified final design approved in 1850. First two originally to have been 80-gun sailing two-deckers but were re-ordered as screw ships before they were laid down, three more were ordered to the same 80-gun design. In 1851-1853 all five ships (including Hero) were reclassified as 91-guns. Agamemnon became the first purpose-built screw ship-of-the-line in the RN. Wooden hull.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

 

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