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PRINCE ALBERT coast defence turret ship (1866)

Prince Albert 1866

 

Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Prince Albert     Samuda Brothers, Poplar 29/4/1862 23/5/1864 23/2/1866 sold 3/1899

 

Displacement normal, t

3687

Displacement full, t

3880

Length, m

73.2 pp

Breadth, m

14.7

Draught, m

5.99

No of shafts

1

Machinery

1 2-cyl HSE, direct acting, 4 rectangular boilers

Power, h. p.

2130

Max speed, kts

11.7

Fuel, t

coal 230

Endurance, nm(kts) 930(10)
Armour, mm iron; belt: 114 with 457mm wood backing, turrets: 267-140 with 356mm wood backing, upper deck: 29

Armament

4 x 1 - 229/14 MLR Mk IV

Complement

200

Ship project history: First British iron turret ship, designed before Royal Sovereign, but her construction was delayed by a shortage of material and modifications to the armament. Originally she was to have six hand-turned turrets but these were reduced to four with the adoption of heavier guns. Turrets had 140mm walls reinforced with additional 127mm plates in way of gun ports. 111t gun turrets were hand-worked. An unarmoured CT was fitted abaft the foremast, and hinged 1.5m hign iron bulwarks were installed around the upper deck edge.

Ship protection: Full length waterline 114mm belt extended from the upper deck to 0.9m below waterline, wooden backing behind the belt was 457mm thick. At the extreme ends its thickness reduced to 89mm. The central battery between the main and upper decks was 21m long.

Modernizations: 1867: hurricane deck was added over the two fwd turrets.

1880s: + 2 x 1 light guns, 6 x 1 MGs

Naval service: No significant events.

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