'Northumberland', launch attempt, 1866.
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm

'Northumberland', launch attempt, 1866.

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Description

Plate from the Illustrated London News. The ironclad frigate 'Northumberland' was lauched at Millwall in April 1866, used by the navy for defense purposes, then cONVERTED TO A TRAINING SHIP IN 1904 AND RENAMED aCHERON BEFORE BEING SOLD IN 1927. wITH EVER-INCREASING SIZES and weights, lAUNCHING SHIPS WAS BECOMING MORE COMPLEX by the mid-nineteenth century: THE Great Eastern had taken over three months to launch, finally using a series of hydraulic rams. Here the 'Northumberland' is DRAGGED INTO THE WATER BY A SERIES OF SMALLER SHIPS, mainly steam paddlers.
 

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10413534
 

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