HMS Northumberland afloat on River Thames at Millwall


HMS Northumberland. Launch of the iron-clad frigate at Millwall Iron Works, (Now Burrell’s Wharf), Isle of Dogs, London.  “The Northumberland Afloat.” Original antique print published in the Illustrated London News, April 1866. Slight creasing on centre fold (probably caused by the paper-boy!) Paper size approx. 16×11 inches. Price shown is ex VAT.

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HMS Northumberland launch at Millwall. Original antique print from the Illustrated London News, April 28th. 1866, entitled “The Northumberland Afloat.” HMS Northumberland, on the River Thames at Millwall, on the Isle of Dogs, was the last of the three Minotaur-class armoured frigates built for the Royal Navy during the 1860s. She had a different armour scheme and heavier armament than her sister ships, and was generally regarded as a half-sister to the other ships of the class. The ship spent her career with the Channel Squadron and occasionally served as a flagship. Northumberland was placed in reserve in 1890 and became a training ship in 1898. She was converted into a coal hulk in 1909 and sold in 1927, although the ship was not scrapped until 1935. The Minotaur-class armoured frigates were essentially enlarged versions of the ironclad HMS Achilles with heavier armament, armour, and more powerful engines. They retained the broadside ironclad layout of their predecessor, but their sides were fully armoured to protect the 50 guns they were designed to carry. Their plough-shaped ram was also more prominent than that of Achilles. Northumberland was 400 feet 4 inches (122.0 m) long between perpendiculars and had a beam of 58 feet 5 inches (17.8 m) and a draught of 27 feet 9 inches (8.5 m). The ship displaced 10,584 long tons (10,754 t) and had a tonnage of 6,621 tons burthen. Her hull was subdivided by 15 watertight transverse bulkheads and had a double bottom underneath the engine and boiler rooms. The ship was considered “a steady gun platform, able to maintain her speed in a seaway and satisfactory in manoeuvre”. She was authorized a crew of 705 officers and enlisted men, but actually carried 800 men.

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