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.
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.
HMS Warrior was built by Thames Ironworks at Blackwall between 25 May 1859 and 29 December 1860. Her engines were installed in the nearby Victoria Docks and she was fitted out at Chatham Dockyard.
One of the preferred contractors used for these engines was John Penn and Sons of Greenwich. Penn pioneered the trunk engine for screw ships, and it was this system that was used in HMS Warrior.
· Length: 128 metres (420 feet) · Beam length: 17.78 metres (58 feet 4 inches) · Displacement: 9180 tons · Three masts and a bowsprit · Sail area: 4,496 square metres (48,400 square feet) · Machinery: 1 shaft. A two-cylinder Penn trunk engine. 10 boilers each holding 17 tons of seawater · Propeller weight: 26 tons · Hull length: 73.2 metres (240 feet). It was constructed with a partial double bottom. This was subdivided into 92 watertight compartments · Armour: 11.4 centimetres (4.5 inches) of iron to stretch from the upper deck to 1.5 metres (5 feet) below the water line, with 45.7 centimetres (18 inch) wood backing and bulkheads of 11.4 centimetres (4.5 inches) · Armament consisted of forty guns in total. Ten 110 pdr, twenty-six 68 pdr and four 40 pdr. · Carried a complement of 707
27 Jan 1859
The Royal navy Board receives Isaac Watt’s design for the new warship
Fifteen proposals are submitted to the Royal Navy Board
6 May 1859
Orders are placed for the two new warships
25 May 1859
The keel is laid down
29 Dec 1860
HMS 'Warrior' is launched
8 Aug 1861
HMS 'Warrior' moves down the Thames
21 Sept 1861
She arrives in Portsmouth
HMS 'Warrior' joins the fleet
HMS 'Warrior' is refitted
The vessel returns to service
HMS 'Warrior' is refitted with a poop and a steam capstan
Both vessels of the Warrior class are re-classified as armoured cruisers
Withdrawn from service
Converted to a depot ship
Renamed 'Vernon III' and used as a storage and depot ship
Hulked in 1923 and used as an oil pipeline pier at Pembroke Dock in Wales
The Manifold Trust begins the restoration of HMS 'Warrior' to her former glory
HMS 'Warrior' returns to Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where she is permanently moored to this day