British Gunvessels of 1875 The Smaller Twin-screw Type

By G. A. Ballard, published May 1941


With the opening up of the Chinese hinterland to foreign trade the Royal Navy was forced to provide protection for British merchant vessels up to eight hundred miles from the coast. The interim solution, small gunboats built for the Crimean War, proved to be unsatisfactory even though relatively new. The solution was a new, large iron-framed, timber-shelled, gunboat displacing 576 tons and armed with a combination of primary and secondary armament. The new gunboats proved superior to their predecessors, however the older vessels did provide them with their little used engines.

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

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