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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2020 10:30 p.m. PST

"Warrior is a ship of imposing appearance. The hull was painted black, unlike the chequered style of sailing frigates, and seemed immensely long to contemporaries. The great space between foremast and mainmast is very noticeable. When it and the similarly painted Black Prince joined the Channel Fleet they were described as ‘two black snakes among the rabbits'. They were the only British ironclads with wooden lower masts and caps, though at an early design stage four or even five iron masts had been considered. The original bowsprit was 14.9m (49ft) long but because of the ship's excessive weight in the forward section it was halved in length in March 1862, and the full head-gear was not restored until the poop deck was added between 1872 and 1875, giving the vessel a better balance. Total sail area was 4496.5m2 (48,400sq ft) including stunsails…."




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NotNelson114 Jan 2020 1:14 p.m. PST

In case anyone doesn't know, Warrior is preserved and you can visit her at the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth near HMS Victory.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jan 2020 12:07 p.m. PST



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