Royal Navy Gunboats: List of Gunboat and Gunvessel Classes of the Royal Navy

9781156592151: Royal Navy Gunboats: List of Gunboat and Gunvessel Classes of the Royal Navy

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 23. Chapters: Alarm class torpedo gunboats, Ant class gunboats, Ariel class gunboats, Banterer class gunboats, Dryad class torpedo gunboats, Insect class patrol boats, Redbreast class gunboats, Sharpshooter class torpedo gunboats, List of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy, HMS Cockchafer, Steam Gun Boat, HMS Gay Viking, HMS Vixen, HMS Sparrow, HMS Aphis, HMS Hazard, HMS Swinger, Insect class gunboat, HMS Dryad, HMS Viper, HM Motor Gun Boat 2007, HMS Moth, HMS Hussar, HMS Halcyon, HMS Harrier, HMSAS Afrikander, HMS Ladybird, HMS Antelope, HMS Thrush, HMS Wasp, HMS Defender, HMS Sepoy, HMS Cricket, HMS Boomerang, HMS Karrakatta, HMS Bee, HMS Gnat, HMS Raven, HMS Peterel, HMS Goldfinch. Excerpt: This is a list of gunboat and gunvessel classes of the Royal Navy. The gunboats designed from 1870 onwards were of composite construction, i.e. they had an iron keel, stem and stern posts, and iron framing, with wooden planking retained over the iron frames. The only ironclads of gunboat size were three largely experimental (and unsuccessful) vessels ordered in 1864. The first two were towed to Bermuda (being considered unsatisfactory to sail under their own power) where they served as harbour vessels. Vixen was the first twin-screw vessel built for the Royal Navy, and Waterwitch employed a form of water pump propulsion. NB. A third vessel of the class was retained by Prussia. This section includes two early iron-hulled screw gunvessels ordered in May 1845, which in other respects were half-sisters to two wooden-hulled gunvessels ordered at the same time. The four vessels comprised the first-class gunvessels Rifleman (wooden hulled) and Sharpshooter (iron hulled), and the second-class gunvessels Teazer (wooden hulled) and Minx (iron hulled). Further vessels ordered later to the same design were either cancelled or built to very...

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