hector class Broadside ironclads, HMS Hector and HMS Valiant.
were very similar to the Defence class except they were faster, and
had larger armament and increased armour protection. Due to the
increase of armour and armament they were overweight and a reduction
of coal capacity and a reduction in the armament were implemented to
Hector was built at Glasgow by Napier and laid down in March 1861,
launched 29th September 1862 and completed 22nd February 1864.
HMS Hector was re armed during refit of 1867/1868. after her service
at sea finished in 1885 HMS Hector joined the Vernon Torpedo School
in 1900. and was the first Ship to be fitted with a wireless
transmitter. Finally scrapped in 1905.
Valiant was initial built by Westwood and Bailiie until the company
went bankrupted in 1961, work was completed by The Thames iron
works. HMS Valiant was laid down in February 1861 and launched 14th October
1863 and completed 15th September 1868. her sea service ended in
1886 and was renamed Indus in 1898. again changing her name in 1916
to HMS Valiant (Old) and HMS Valiant III in 1919. Later
becoming a floating oil tank in 1924. and finally being broken
up in 1957 (99 years in service one way or another)
6710 tons, Speed. 12.6 Knots. Compliment: 530
Armament: after refit. Two 8 inch Guns and Sixteen 7 - inch