Hercules Class (1868) BB

Completed as a Class of one, HMS Hercules followed Bellerophon in having her main armament in a central heavily armoured battery.

The increase in armour to 9in was a major advance, and she was also the first ironclad to mount the 10in gun.

A gradual improvement in machinery allowed a small increase in speed over the earlier ironclads.

She was the earliest ironclad to undergo a major modernisation in 1892. When the original three masts were removed and replaced with two masts without yards or sails. The single expansion engines were replaced with triple expansion ones. But her main armament remained unchanged.

She was obsolescent even after the changes and went straight into Reserve.


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This page last edited - 25 May, 2012.

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