HMS Warrior was the first sea-going iron hulled vessel in the world - some would call her the first modern warship.
|Her Majesty's Iron Cased Steam Frigate Warrior. © NMM|
On 27 November 1858, the Admiralty began discussions with Captain Sir Baldwin Walker, Surveyor of the Navy, concerning the design of a new armoured, screw
frigate. When she was completed, she was the largest and most powerful armoured warship in existence and eclipsed the famous French warship, La Gloire.
|The launch of HMS Warrior. © NMM|
HMS Warrior combined a number of innovative new designs in naval
architecture. She was powered by both steam and sail, and contained the largest set of marine steam engines to be in operation during the late nineteenth century. When she was sailing, her telescopic funnels were lowered to the deck.
|The Warrior at Pembroke Dock. © NMM|
Iron hulled vessels became the future of the Royal Navy. HMS Warrior pioneered a new era in armour, speed and firepower in naval warfare. She was refurbished and returned to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in 1987, where she remains to this day.