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Affondatore

Ironclad Warship

Affondatore

Ironclad Warship

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SPECIFICATIONS
SHIPS-IN-CLASS
ARMAMENT
HISTORY
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OVERVIEW



The Affontadore was lost in the Battle of Lissa during the Austro-Prussian War, attempting to ram Austrian vessels.
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ORIGIN: Italy
YEAR: 1866
STATUS: Lost-in-Action
SHIP CLASS: Affondatore
SHIPS-IN-CLASS (1): Affondatore
OPERATORS: Italy
SPECIFICATIONS



Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the base Affondatore design. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.
CREW: 460
LENGTH: 308 feet (93.88 meters)
BEAM: 39 feet (11.89 meters)
DRAUGHT: 20 feet (6.10 meters)
DISPLACEMENT (SURFACE): 4,006 tons
PROPULSION: 8 x Boiler units feeding 1 x Steam engine developing 2,700 horsepower.
SPEED (SURFACE): 13 knots (15 miles-per-hour)
RANGE: 1,500 nautical miles (1,726 miles; 2,778 kilometers)
ARMAMENT



2 x 10" Armstrong muzzle-loading rifled (MLR) guns
2 x smoothbore cannons
AIR WING



None.
HISTORY



Detailing the development and operational history of the Affondatore Ironclad Warship.  Entry last updated on 7/27/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com.
The Affondatore was an ironclad vessel serving the Italian Navy in the Mediterranean Sea. She led a short life on the seas, eventually seeing her demise in the Battle of Lissa (1866) during the Austro-Prussian War where her attempt to ram Austrian vessels led to her taking on more damage than she could stand. The Affondatore was lost at Ancona Harbor as a result.

The Affondatore warship served the Italian fleet in the "ironclad" age - a period where wooden-hulled ships were giving way to steel vessels - taking part in battles for control of the Adriatic. The vessel was armed with two muzzle-loading rifled cannons of 254mm and an additional 2 x smoothbore type cannons, featured two smoke stacks dispersing the excess from the single screw horizontal compound engines and a shaped ram at the bow (which in all actuality made it the primary weapon of the type). The turrets were a design by Captain Cowper Coles of the British Navy and the Affondatore was itself constructed in Millwall, London for the Italians.

The Affondatore served as the flagship to Admiral Persano's fleet for a time and fought in the Battle of Lissa against Austria. She was initially constructed in 1863 and was commissioned in 1866, meeting her fate that same year.




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