British Battleships of 1870 Part X The Royal Oak and Royal Alfred

By G A Ballard, published August 1932


This is the tenth of sixteen MM articles by the author dealing with armoured battleships in the transition period from timber to iron. Seven were converted from conventional wooden ships already under construction. Five of these had also to be lengthened; this group included the Royal Oak and Royal Alfred. The author compares their construction (including armament and armour layout) and performance with other ships of the Black Battlefleet. The description of the rigging includes a comparison of the benefits and disadvantages of single and double topsails. Their careers are also recounted; both ran aground, the Royal Oak more seriously. The Royal Oak was also damaged by a collision with the Warrior in a storm off the Scillys.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design

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