Southampton, United Kingdom
Hms Warrior Portsmouth
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HMS Warrior was one of two armoured frigates built for the Royal Navy in 1859-61. She and her sister ship HMS Black Prince were the first armour-plated, iron-hulled warships; they were built in response to the first ironclad ocean-going warship, the wooden-hulled French ironclad Gloire, launched in 1859. Rapid advances in naval technology left Warrior and her sister obsolete within a short time, however, and she spent more time in reserve and training roles than in first-line service.
Warrior spent her active career with the Channel Fleet and was hulked in 1883. She served as a storeship and depot ship before she was assigned to Royal Navy's torpedo training school in 1904. The ship was converted into a floating oil jetty in 1927 and remained in that role until 1979 when restoration began. Listed as part of the National Historic Fleet, she is now a museum ship in The Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, England.
May 2nd, 2013
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