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REPULSE wooden central battery ironclad (1870)


Ships


Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Repulse     Woolwich DYd // Sheerness DYd 29/4/1859 25/4/1868 31/1/1870 guardship 1881, sold 2/1889


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

6010

Displacement full, t6190
Length, m

76.8 pp

Breadth, m

18.0

Draught, m

7.87

No of shafts

1

Machinery

sails + 1 2-cyl HSE, trunk, 6 rectangular boilers

Power, h. p.

3347

Max speed, kts

12.3

Fuel, t

coal 460

Endurance, nm(kts)1700(10)
Armour, mmiron; belt: 152-114 with 787mm teak backing, box battery 152, bulkheads 114
Armament

12 x 1 - 203/15 MLR Mk III, 2 x 1 - 100/21 20pdr BL (saluting)

Complement

515



Ship project history


Last wooden capital ship constructed for the Royal Navy, laid down as 90-gun two-decker and approved for conversion to ironclad in 1861 but was held up until 1866 pending the results from earlier conversions. Similar to Zealous but with shorter box battery and heavier guns and arour. Eight 203mm guns were placed in the battery and remainder were equally disposed at fwd and aft ends of the upper deck. She had a straight stem with a light knee head. Woolwich DYd was closed in October 1869 and before it Repulse was in 1868 towed to Sheerness for completion. She was ship-rigged, with 2700m² sail area. Good, steady and handy seaboat, handled well under both sail and steam.

Ship protection


Full length waterline belt 152mm amidships and 114mm at the ends extended from the main deck to 1.8m below waterline. The central battery between the main and upper decks was 21m long.

Modernizations


1877: - 12 x 1 - 203/15; + 10 x 1 - 229/14 MLR Mk IV

1880: - 2 x 1 - 100/21; + 9 x 1 light guns, 8 x 1 MGs, 4 x 1 - 356 TT (12)

Naval service


No significant events.