Mr Monkey scampered to the stern of HMS Warrior. He looked at an Armstrong 40 pounder rifled breech loader, then at the 110 pounder stern chaser, also an Armstrong breech loader. The 110 pounder was a new design which turned out to occasionally blow up, so in 1863 the Government sold them all to the Confederates in America. The stern chaser is surrounded by brass strips and shackles marking the different positions the gun could be mounted to traverse in different directions. Mr Monkey also found the propellor well. HMS Warrior used steam as well as sail; when it was just under sail, the 26 ton propellor was pulled up into the well by 400 men.
Return to Mr Monkey aboard HMS Warrior
Copyright Rik Shepherd and Mr Monkey.