Two Unfortunate Warships: Unebi and Reina Regente

By Peter Brook, published February 2001


The Unbei (1886) and the Reina Regente (1887) exemplified the late 19th century concept of the “battleship destroyer,” a fast, heavily-armed warship that could challenge larger armored vessels.  They incorporated several design features that compromised their stability, including narrow beam, tumblehome, excessive armament mounted high in the ship, and solid bulwarks.  The Reina Regente was lost in heavy weather and the Unbei disappeared at sea, presumptively because of these defects.  The battle of the Yalu in 1894 exposed the limitations of the concept, and it was largely abandoned in favor of light cruisers with lighter, quick-firing guns.

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Filed under: Mediterranean | Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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