List of ironclads of the Royal Navy

This is a list of ironclads of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. An ironclad was a steam-propelled warship in the early part of the second half of the 19th century, protected by iron or steel armour plates.


Predecessors of the battleships of the Royal Navy

Warships of the Scots Navy pre-1707

Prior to the Acts of Union 1707, warships of the Kingdom of Scotland were under the Royal Scots Navy.

Warships of the English Navy pre-1660

The Royal Navy formally came into existence with the Restoration of Charles II in 1660. Prior to this, warships were the property of the English Monarch, until the execution of Charles I in 1648, when the ships became the property of the state.

Ships of the line of the Royal Navy (1660-1880)

Ship of the line was the term used in the Royal Navy referring to a warship powerful enough to use line-of-battle tactics. Such ships were wooden-hulled sailing ships from 1660 until the transition towards battleships in nineteenth century. From 1840, steam-driven screw propellors were introduced and in 1860, the first iron-hulled, armour-plated warship, HMS Warrior was launched. Battleships began to be built from 1880.

List of ironclad warships of the Royal Navy (1860–1882)

The term battleship was not used by the Admiralty until the early 1880s, with the construction of the Colossus class. Capital ships from the period 1860 onwards are given for comparison, as these would later evolve into the modern battleship.

Sea-going ironclads (1860–1888)

Coastal service ironclads


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