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ZEALOUS wooden central battery ironclad (1866)


Photo



Zealous with funnel lowered.

Ships


Name

No

Yard No

Builder

Laid down

Launched

Comp

Fate

Zealous     Pembroke DYd 26/10/1859 7/3/1864 4/10/1866 sold 9/1886


Technical data


Displacement normal, t

6102

Displacement full, t 
Length, m

76.8 pp

Breadth, m

17.9

Draught, m

7.90

No of shafts

1

Machinery

sails + 1 2-cyl HSE, return connection rod, double piston pods, 6 rectangular boilers

Power, h. p.

3623

Max speed, kts

11.7

Fuel, t

coal 660

Endurance, nm(kts) 
Armour, mmiron; belt: 114-63 with 762mm teak backing, box battery 114, bulkheads 76, pilot tower 76
Armament

20 x 1 - 178/16 MLR Mk III

Complement

510



Graphics


<i>Zealous </i> with funnel lowered.
Zealous with funnel lowered.


Ship project history


Zealous was laid down as a 90-gun two-decker and approved for conversion to ironclad in 1861. The conversion was held up pending results with Royal Oak and Prince Consort class. She was not lengthened because it was discovered that earlier ships were lacking in longitudinal strength. 16 guns were installed in the battery, remained four were distributed at the fore and aft ends of the upper deck. She was ship-rigged, with 2700m² sail area and can make 10kts under sail. She was handy under both sail and steam and was s good seaboat.

Ship protection


Full length waterline belt 114mm amidships and 63mm at the ends extended from the main deck to 1.8m below waterline. The central battery between the main and upper decks was 31m long.

Modernizations


None.

Naval service


No significant events.