The Great Brig: H.M.S. Temeraire, 1875
HMS Temeraire of 1875 was built at a time of such rapid transition that no two capital ships were the same. Among her novel features were twin inverted compound engines but she had two unique features. She was the largest vessel ever built with a two-masted sail plan capable of being handled under sail alone. She was also the only ship to be equipped with guns mounted on the ‘Moncrieff’ system. This required the guns to be hydraulically raised for firing and lowered into sunken barbettes for re-loading. The author, who served on the ship during her final commission, describes her career, almost all of it spent in the Mediterranean.