Captain Class (1870) BB

HMS Captain was completed as a class of one. She was designed while HMS Monarch was still under construction and was the second ironclad to be fitted with gun turrets.

Her layout was better in respect to her guns, as the turrets were mounted one deck lower than in Monarch so much of the standing rigging on the upper deck was above the turrets.

However in competitive trials between the ships in 1870, Monarch proved to be the better ship overall. Captain had a very low freeboard, designed to be about 8ft (2.4m) but in reality proved to be  nearer to 6ft (1.8m).

She was the first large ironclad to be fitted with twin screws. (The first ship being HMS Penelope, an armoured corvette.)

Crucially her stability was a cause for concern even during her construction.  


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This page last edited - 05 April, 2013.

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