HMS Royal Sovereign 1857

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HMS Royal Sovereign Coastal Defence Turret Ship

HMS Royal Sovereign, the first turret ship in the Royal Navy to see service. Built at Portsmouth Dockyard and Launched 25th April 1857 and completed 20th August 1864.  She was converted to a turret ship during building as she was meant to be a 3 three decker,  she was strengthened to carry the turrets. she was a good sea boat but was quick to roll initially aimed to be a coastal defence ship she had a larger draught  which made her not suitable for this roll.

Displacement: 5080 tons   Speed: 11 Knots,    Crew  300          Armament: Five  10.5 inch SB  Guns

HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN 17TH DECEMBER 1857 SOLD FOR B/U 1885

HMS Royal Sovereign, 1864.

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