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EREBUS ironclad floating batteries (1856)

 

Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Erebus     Robert Napier & Sons, Govan 1855 19/4/1856 1856? never at sea, sold 5/1884
Thunderbolt     Samuda Brothers, Millwall 26/12/1855 22/4/1856 1856? floating pierhead 11/1873
Terror     Palmer Brothers, Jarrow 31/12/1855 28/4/1856 14/7/1857 // --- completed as base ship

 

Displacement normal, t

1955bm

Displacement full, t

 

Length, m

56.9 pp

Breadth, m

14.8

Draught, m

2.72 aft

No of shafts

1

Machinery

sails + 1 2-cyl HSE, boilers

Power, h. p.

200nhp

Max speed, kts

5.5

Fuel, t

coal

Endurance, nm(kts)  
Armour, mm iron; side: 114

Armament

16 x 1 - 206/15 68pdr 95cwt SBML

Complement

200

Ship project history: Iron-hulled. First iron-hulled ironclads ever built. Design was adapted from that of the modified French design for the wooden-hulled floating batteries.

Ship protection: 114mm iron plates protected the sides.

Modernizations: None.

Naval service: No significant events.

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