HMS Captain, 1870

Laid Down30th January 1867
Launched27th March 1869
Commissioned30th April 1870
Speed5.2 Knots
Weight7767 tons
Dimensions320' x 53' 3" x 24' 10" 97.54m x 16.23m x 7.57m
Armament4 x 12" MLR (2 x 2), 2 x 7" MLR
FateSank on 7th September 1870
NotesHMS Captain should have been a landmark design for the RN incorporating an armoured, rotating turret on an ironclad base. However, the ship was built with too much weight and it capsized shortly after its trials with the loss of 480 men - including the captain and designer.

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by Stephen Luscombe