Warrior Class

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Warrior Class ironclad battleships of the pre dreadnought era. Class included HMS Warrior and HMS Black Prince. They were the first Ocean going iron armoured naval ships. when completed they were the most powerful naval ships afloat. both ships had ship rig. and HMS Warrior could make 13knots under sail and the Black prince 11 Knots.  Initially they were classified as frigates and planned to carry forty 68pdr guns. but this was modified while under construction to carry ten 110 pdr and twenty six 68 pdr SB guns and Four 70 pdr.  Both ships were refitted in 1867 / 1868 when both were re armed with armament as listed below.  and a second refit was carried out in 1872/1875 during this refit  a poop and steam capstan were fitted.  In 1880 they were re classified as armoured cruisers. and put into the reserve fleet.

HMS Warrior was built by Ditchburn and mare at Blackwall and laid down on the 25th May 1859, launched 29th December 1860 (she froze tot he slipway. and when Sir John Pakington, The First Sea Lord came to launch her she was frozen solid to the slip way, extra tugs were called to pull her free) and completed 24th October 1861.(total cost ?390,000)   initially fitted with an armament often 110 pdr and twenty six 68 pdr SB guns and Four 70 pdr. Her fist captain was The Hon. Arthur Cochrane. (son of the earl of Dundonald). HMS warrior joined the Channel squadron in June 1862. She was withdrawn from active sea servcie in 1883.  In 1902 HMS Warrior was converted into a depot ship and  in 1904 renamed HMS Vernon III  at Portsmouth. joining HMS Vernon the  navy Torpedo Training School.  and in 1923 she was hulked, and offered for sale but no one purchased  her.  In March 1929 she left Portsmouth Harbour for Pembroke Dock Milford haven. renamed again as C77 and became a oil pipeline pier at Pembrok Dock, amore than 5,000 ships had been refueled alongside the Old warrior in her Fifty years service as C77. In 1979 The Hulk was moved to Hartlepool for restoration. Work completed HMS warrior was moved back to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and can be seen today in her full glory.

Displacement: 9137 tons, Speed: 14. 08 knots.  under sail 13 knots. Compliment 705  Armament: Four 8 inch Guns, twenty Eight 7 - inch MLR  and four 20 pounder BL.

HMS Black Prince. Built at Glasgow by Napier initially to be called HMS Invincible but this was changed as she was laid down. (12th October 1859) launched 27th February 1861. and completed 12th September 1862.  She became a training ship in 1899 and was renamed HMS Emerald in 1903. and in 1910 became HMS Impregnable III. Sold and scrapped 21st March 1923.

Displacement: 9250 tons, Speed: 13.6 knots.  under sail 11 knots. Compliment 705  Armament: Four 8 inch Guns, twenty Eight 7 - inch MLR  and four 20 pounder BL.

The compliment of the ships was 705  . This was 42 officers, 3 Warrant Officers, 455 Seamen, 3 Royal marine Officers, 6 Royal marine NCO's 118 Royal marines artillerymen, 2 chief engineers,  10 Engineers, 66 Stokers and trimmers. 

 

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HMS WARRIOR 29TH DECEMBER 1860 CONVERTED TO DEPOT SHIP IN 1902 AND SUBSEQUENTLY RENAMED AS VERNON III. HULKED AND USED AS AN OIL PIPELINE PIER AT PEMBROKE. RENAMED C77 IN 1945.
HMS BLACK PRINCE 27TH FEBRUARY 1861 BECAME TRAINING SHIP IN 1899, RENAMED EMERALD IN 1903 THEN IMPREGNABLE IN 1910.

HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior, 1861.

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HMS Warrior, 1861.

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HMS Warrior, July 1978.

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HMS Warrior, September 1979.

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HMS Warrior c.1875 with new funnels and charthouse.

HMS Warrior.  Picture published 1897