Shah Versus Huascar : the Diary of Henry Eason

By Paul Quinn and Christopher Eason, published August 2000


In 1877, during civil war, the Peruvian navy’s armoured turret ship Huascar fell into the hands of rebels. For extorting provisions from British merchant ships she was hunted down as a pirate and brought to action by HM ships Shah and Amethyst, vessels of more traditional construction. After discussing the design and construction of the warships involved, the authors describe the inconclusive action, emphasizing the Huascar’s ability to absorb direct hits. A lower deck view of the incident is provided by extracts from a diary kept by Henry Eason, yeoman of signals in HMS Shah.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Manpower & Life at Sea | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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