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HMS SHAH

[u]HMS SHAH[/u]
Builder: Portsmouth Dockyard
Laid down: 7 March 1870
Launched: 10 September 1873
Completed: December 1875
Commissioned: 14 August 1876
Out of service: December 1904
Fate: 1904 : Converted to Coal Storage Hulk C.470
Sold out of service : 1919
Wrecked in Bermuda 1926
HMS Shah was a 19t

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Maybe it is the small boats tied up at her side that creates an illusion, but to me she does look as if she was really big. I wonder how far the Great Eastern would have protuded ahead and aft of her if lying behind. Or maybe I should take a step back and ask for the Victory instead - but she is not small anyway.
 

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HMS Shah was a pretty big ship by 19th century standards at over 6,000 tons displacement and a length of 334 feet. It should also be noted that, on 29 May 1877, she fought an action, in company with the corvette HMS Amethyst, with the Peruvian armored turret ship Huáscar which had been taken over by rebels opposed to the Peruvian Government and, it was feared, could be used to attack British shipping. The armored Huáscar proved virtually impenetrable to the British guns, and the two unarmored British ships had to keep clear of the Huáscar’s turret guns. In the course of the action the Shah also fired the first torpedo ever to be used in anger, although it missed – being outrun by Huáscar. The Huascar was subsequently captured by the Chilean Navy, and she is still in existence as a Chilean national war memorial: https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/769578/title/huascar/cat/531e/huascar/cat/531
 

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Thanks. The Huascar I know well through the painter Thomas Somerscales, a former teacher in the Royal Navy who settled in Chile, and there developed into perhaps the world's greatest marine artist. He painted many pictures of the Huascar ramming the Chilean Esmeralda, and at least one of the death of Esmeralda's commander, Prat, who tried to board the Peruvian ship, as well as the capture of Huascar by Almirante Cochrane. But the action between the two British ships and the Huascar is new to me, or maybe forgotten, as Somerscales to my knowledge never portrayed that. :)
 

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