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HMS Thunderer.   Royal Naval turret ship of the Devastation Class.  HMS Thunderer was the first ship whose forward turret had hydraulic loading gear.  Her completion was delayed by a boiler explosion in July 1876, and a second accident occurred when one of her 38t guns burst after being double loaded. She was refitted in 1881, and modernised in 1890 -92.

Armament: four 29 ton guns, six 6 pounder guns and eight 3 pounder quick firers with a partial belt of armour from 12ins to10 ins.   Displacement: 9,330 tons.   I.H.P: 7,000.   Length: 285 ft.   Beam: 62ft 3 ins.   Max Draught: 27ft 6ins.   Speed: 14 knots (after modernisation).   Complement: 410.   

HMS THUNDERER 25TH MARCH 1872 SOLD FOR B/U JULY 1909

HMS Thunderer, with HMS Invincible and others, Malta, 1889.

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HMS Thunderer, 1877.

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HMS Thunderer, 1877.

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HMS Thunderer Portguard Ship at Pembroke

The Thunderer was an iron second-class battleship, completed for sea in 1877. She was built at Pembroke Dockyard, and engined by Messrs Maudsley, Son & Field. Her displacement was 9,330 tons; IHP 7,000, Length 285 ft. Beam 62 ft 3 ins. Maximum draught 27ft. She carried as her principal armament, four 10 in 29 ton guns; and six 6 pounder guns and eight 3 pounder quick-firers, and had a partial belt of armour from 12 to 10 ins. Her speed was 14 knots and complement of 410. In May 1895 the Thunderer was sent to Milford Haven  as guardship and in 1896 she carried the pennant of Captain H W S Gibson.

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The Thunderer ploughs through the waves c.1900 showing how her low freebroad caused the ship to bury itself in even a slight sea. This may look picturesque but was very uncomfortable for the crew on board. The Thunderer was among the first of the low freeboard ships constructed before the days of quick-firing guns. When she became obsolete she gave her place of guardship at Pembroke to HMS Hood.

HMS Thunderer, May, 1894

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HMS Thunderer pictured pre 1896

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