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Ironclad Warship (1866)


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The Affontadore was lost in the Battle of Lissa during the Austro-Prussian War, attempting to ram Austrian vessels.



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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.

Specifications



Service Year
1866

Origin
Italy national flag graphic
Italy

Status
LOST-IN-ACTION
No Longer in Service.
Complement
460
PERSONNEL


Class
Affondatore
Number-in-Class
1
VESSELS
Ships-in-Class


Affondatore


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(OPERATORS list includes past, present, and future operators when applicable)


Length
308.0 ft
93.88 m
Beam
39.0 ft
11.89 m
Draught
20.0 ft
6.10 m
Displacement
4,006
tons


Installed Power: 8 x Boiler units feeding 1 x Steam engine developing 2,700 horsepower.
Surface Speed
13.0 kts
(15.0 mph)
Range
1,500 nm
(1,726 mi | 2,778 km)


kts = knots | mph = miles-per-hour | nm = nautical miles | mi = miles | km = kilometers

1 kts = 1.15 mph | 1 nm = 1.15 mi | 1 nm = 1.85 km
2 x 10" Armstrong muzzle-loading rifled (MLR) guns
2 x smoothbore cannons


Supported Types


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