:: SAGUNTO (1869) ::

Sagunto ironclad (1869)

The Sagunto as she was initially conceived.

The Sagunto, Spanish ironclad launched in 1869, was the most notable ship of her type built in Spain, despite the fact that 18 years had passed between the ordering and the commissioning. She had been initially ordered as a 100-gun screw-propelled frigate in 1858, but in 1860 the specification of the project was changed to a 30-gun armored frigate. She was built with a timber hull covered with 150 mm of iron around the waterline, and the configuration of the armament had been changed when she was delivered. This was a long, ever changing project, that costed much money and returned little use out of it. The Sagunto was already outdated when she was commissioned, for the first warships fitted with rotary artillery were already in use. In 1887 she was declared as useless 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 shaft return connecting rod steam engine, 3700 hp

Speed: 10.5 knots (19.4 km/h)

Range: 800 tonnes of coal

Complement: 560

Armament (as initially designed): 30 x 200 mm guns

Armament (as delivered): 8 x 220 mm guns, 3 x 180 mm guns, 6 x 80 mm guns, 2 x 20 mm guns

Armor: 150 mm in belt

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