Magenta-class ironclad

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Class overview
Name: Magenta class
Operators:  French Navy
Preceded by: Gloire class
Succeeded by: Provence class
Built: 1859–1862
In commission: 1861–1875
Completed: 2
Lost: 1
Scrapped: 1
General characteristics As completed
Type: Broadside ironclad
Displacement: 6,985–7,129 t (6,875–7,016 long tons) (full load)
Length: 85.98 m (282 ft 1 in)
Beam: 17.27 m (56 ft 8 in)
Draft: 8.43–8.69 m (27 ft 8 in–28 ft 6 in)
Installed power:
Propulsion: 1 shaft, 1 Horizontal return connecting rod-steam engine
Sail plan: Barquentine-rig
Speed: 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Range: 1,840 nautical miles (3,410 km; 2,120 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Complement: 674–706
Armament:
Armor:
  • Belt: 120 mm (4.7 in)
  • Battery: 109–120 mm (4.3–4.7 in)

The Magenta-class ironclads were a pair of broadside ironclads built for the French Navy.

The class was designed by Henri Dupuy de Lôme. The ships carried 50 guns in broadside. They were the only ironclad two-deckers ever built, and the first ironclads to feature a naval ram.

Ships[edit]

  • Magenta, launched 1861, destroyed by explosion 1875
  • Solférino, launched 1861, struck 1882

Bibliography[edit]

  • de Balincourt, Captain; Vincent-Bréchignac, Captain (1974). "The French Navy of Yesterday: Ironclad Frigates, Pt. II". F.P.D.S. Newsletter. Akron, OH: F.P.D.S. II (3): 23–25. 
  • Chesneau, Roger & Kolesnik, Eugene M., eds. (1979). Conway's All the World's Fighting Ships 1860-1905. Greenwich, UK: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0-8317-0302-4. 

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