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HMS EXCELLENT, Gunnery ship at Portsmouth, shortly to be broken up

Date: 1873
Dimensions:
Overall: 194 x 297 mm
Medium: Paper, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Tikwis Begbie
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Engraving
Object No: 00052815
Related Place:Portsmouth, Woolwich,

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    SignificanceNewspaper clippings from The Graphic and The Illustrated London News, featuring illustrations of British, American and Peruvian naval vessels, a trial of a new fish torpedo, and sailors in Royal Navy uniform. The uniforms worn by the Royal Navy in this illustration indicate the types of uniforms and sennit hats worn by the Australian Colonial Navies and the Royal Australian Navy in the early years of its formation. The illustrations of the Peruvian and American turret ships represent precursors in the design and development of the HMVS CERBERUS, flagship of the Royal Victorian Colonial Navy and the first armoured warship built for Australia. Preceding HMS DEVASTATION by almost three years, CERBERUS was the first British warship to dispense completely with sail power and to incorporate the shallow draft. It was the flagship and most powerful warship of the Victorian Navy, in addition to being the most powerful warship of any of the Australian Colonial Navies. The 1860s saw the beginnings of torpedo warfare, with the development of the self propelled 'fish' or 'locomotive' torpedo enabling smaller vessels to sink much larger ships for the first time.

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