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wargamer602 Apr 2017 2:45 a.m. PST

I am looking for information about the dimensions of the Chilian corvette "Covadonga" that took part in the Pacific wars with Peru. She is listed as being a mere 107 feet long but this does not tally with the photo or drawing I have of her. Also, does anyone have information on the Spar torpedoe boats used by both sides. Again I have conflicted information with a painting of a Chilian boat "Guacolda" said to be captured from Peru. The only problem is that Peru had Herreshoff torpedoe boats and this picture of "Guacolda"looks more like a Yarrow built boat called "Cola Cola"

Kazziga17 Apr 2017 5:05 a.m. PST

The length of the Covadonga was 48 m (ca. 157.5 ft). By the way, her armament changed during the conflict.

At the beginning of the war (February 1879) she was armed with two (bow and stern) 70-pdr Armstrong RML guns and one 9-pdr gun (no info if it had been a rifled muzzle or breech loader).

After batlle of Iquique (May 21, 1879) one 70-pdr Armstron rifled breech loader and two 20-pdr pounder
Armstron RBL were added.

When it was sunk by the Peruvians at Chancay on September
13, 1880, she had, 2x70-pdr RML, 1x9-pdr, 1x70-pdr BRL and 2x20-pdr BRL.

The TB Guacolda was originally the Peruvian Alay, but she was captured by the Chileans. She was not a Herreshoff boat. The watercolor by Rudolf de Lisle clearly shows she was different from Alianza and República.

The spar torpedoes used in the war by the Chileans were mainly McEvoy's (https://www.gutenberg.org/files/44990/44990-h/44990-h.htm#Plate_XLIV). I had info on the Peruvian ones, but since my desktop computer's HDD died, I have no access to that anymore.

Hope, this helps.
All the best,
Kaz

Kazziga17 Apr 2017 5:24 a.m. PST

As and addition, there was an article about the Herreshoff TBs in "Warship International" (plus later comments):

Grant, I. A. "The Herreshoff Spar Torpedo Boats of 1878-1880". Warship International #3, 1977.
"The Herreshoff Spar Torpedo Boats of 1878-1880". Comments/ Letter: Warship International #1, 1980, p. 8.
"The Herreshoff Spar Torpedo Boats of 1878-1880". Comments/ Letter: Warship International #1, 1981, p. 8.
"The Herreshoff Spar Torpedo Boats of 1878-1880". Comments/ Letter: Warship International #4, 1981, p. 312."

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