:: SAGUNTO (1869) ::

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When the Spanish ironclad Sagunto was launched in 1869 she was the most notable warship built in Spain, despite the fact that too many years had passed between the initial order and the commissioning. This ship had been initially ordered as a 100-gun screw-propelled ship of the line in 1858, but in 1860 the specification of the project was changed to that of a 30-gun armored frigate. The new ship would have a timber hull coated with 150 millimeters of iron along the waterline.

The Sagunto was a long, ever changing project, which drained much money and returned little benefit out of it. For example, the initial configuration of the armament had been changed when the ship was delivered, and a smaller number of pieces would be installed in a citadel amidships. As a result, the first ironclad built in Spain was already outdated when she was commissioned, for in that time ironclads fitted with rotating artillery turrets were being adopted in foreign navies. In 1887 the Sagunto was declared obsolete and after serving as a pontoon vessel during some years, she was finally scrapped in 1897.

Class: Sagunto (1 unit)

Type: Ironclad

Length: 86.3 meters

Beam: 17.3 meters

Draft: 7.4 meters

Displacement (standard): 6253 tonnes

Propulsion: 1 x shaft, 1 x return connecting rod steam engine, 8 x boiler, 3200 indicated horsepower

Speed: 12.5 knots (23.1 kilometers/hour)

Range: N/A (800 tonnes of coal)

Complement: 560

Armament (as designed): 30 x 200-millimeter cannon

Armament (as commissioned): 8 x 220-millimeter cannon, 3 x 180-millimeter cannon, 6 x 80-millimeter cannon, 2 x 20-millimeter cannon

Armor: 150 millimeters in belt and citadel

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