Royal Oak Class (1862) BB
order to match the number of ironclads being built by the French, it was
decided to convert a number of wooden-hulled ships currently under
construction. With Royal Oak being the first such conversion, and
the only ship of her class.
She was originally designed and began construction as a two-decker but was cut down to one gun deck. She was the first ironclad to be completed at a Royal Dockyard, Chatham.
She was considered to handle well under both sail and steam.
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25 January, 2013.
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