Admiral Class (1888) BB
five 'Admirals' were basically repeats of the Collingwood
Class (1887), with some minor variations within the
For example, Howe and Rodney were slightly shorter than the others, while Benbow was unique in mounting the new 16.5in breech loading guns, singly in barbettes. The smaller guns of the others were mounted in pairs in barbettes.
They were the first true battleship class as the term ironclad was no longer appropriate.
They confirmed the trend of HMS Collingwood, having the main armament mounted on the centreline, forward and aft, no sail power, and the return to large breech loading guns.
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08 December, 2012.
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