British Gunvessels of 1875 Part IV The Smaller Single-screw Type

By Admiral G A Ballard, published November 1942


In 1875 the Admiralty changed the design of Gunvessels from shallow draft, twin screw vessels to deeper hulled, single screw ships more suitable for deep water cruising. The Arab and Lily were the first two vessels of this new design and the author discusses their design and armament, comparing them with the earlier shallow draft classes. An examination of their various commissions leads to a discussion on the problems encountered with their design and the modifications carried out to both ships as a consequence. In part the problems resulted in the follow on Falcon class being built to a somewhat larger design.

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

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