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Tango0107 May 2018 11:10 a.m. PST

"HMS Simoom was an iron hulled (350 horse power steam engine) screw Frigate. She was named after a hot, dry desert sandstorm and launched on the 24th of May 1849. Simoom was converted to a troopship in 1852 as stated in The Weekly Dispatch, 26 January 1851; 'the new steam frigate HMS Simoom, if she be found, on trial, to be fit for similar service, is to be also fitted as a troop steamer, to carry 1,000 men'"


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DeRuyter Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2018 11:28 a.m. PST

Kind of stretching the "age of sail" moniker considering she is a steam frigate ;)

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian07 May 2018 2:20 p.m. PST

Not really. Sail was till the primary means of getting around in 1852, steam engine or not. A 350 HP engine is not going to push a big iron frigate very far or very fast. My six cylinder truck has more horse power. Most ships were built with and sailed with some sort of sailing rig right up until the late 1870s. The ironclad HMS Zealous, with a 3500 HP engine still traveled primarily by sail as she took up her station on the west coast of Canada circ 1867, for example.

Tango0108 May 2018 11:46 a.m. PST

Thanks!.

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