British Battleships of 1870 Part V The Bellerophon and Hercules

By Admiral G.A. Ballard, published August 1930


The Bellerophon and Hercules, with the very much smaller Pallas, were the first of the eighteen armoured vessels of the central battery type in the history of the British Navy. When completed for sea the Hercules was the most formidable ship in the world. By the end of the ‘seventies the Admiralty had decided after long and exhaustive discussion to follow the lead of the principal continental Powers in adopting breech loaders.

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