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Frank Scott
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    I have consulted Commander Alastair Wilson, who has been a guide for HMS Warrior (1860) for the last 25 years, and his response is as follows:
    You are absolutely right – Warrior had no turntables. This is backed up by all the research which Captain John Wells did for his book, The Immortal Warrior (Emsworth, 1987), and as a former gunnery officer he would have taken especial interest in this area, and though Admiral G. A. Ballard’s The Black Battlefleet (Lymington, 1980), does mention a turntable for the stern chaser 110 pdr, I think that he has misused terminology. John Wells has bow & stern 110 pdr chasers both being the same (which makes sense), mounted on wooden carriages with revolving slides, allowing them to be traversed to different ports pivoting at each end around deck pivot bolts. In something of an understatement he says that this was an evolution ‘requiring skill and teamwork’.
    It is just possible that something like a turntable was mooted at the design stage, when Isaac Watts and his draughtsmen were brainstorming the layout. However, had there been any such idea, it should have appeared in former Naval Constructor D. K. Brown’s Warrior to Dreadnought (London, 1997), which it does not.
    There is one small error in what you have written about the Warrior‘s guns, and that is that the main deck guns have a small racer under their fore wheels. So when you were traversing a gun, by only a small amount, you put a handspike under the breech end of the carriage, and hove the whole thing over by main force, pivoting at the sill, with the fore wheels sliding on the racer.