Portsmouth in Hampshire County, England, United Kingdom
The First Black Battleship
HMS Warrior was built by The Thames Ironworks and Shipbuilding Company at Blackwall in London.
Throughout 1859 and 1860 thousands of workers were employed on the hull every day. As delays to the ship increased a 24-hour work pattern was introduced - workers swarmed night & day over the wooden scaffolding that cocooned the hull. The noise was described as ear-splitting.
As Warrior's sleek profile rose slowly from the dock crowds gathered - fascinated by the progress. Newspapers and magazines reported with great enthusiasm on every development. A favourite topic was the cost which escalated to almost £400,000, twice that of a standard wooden ship-of-the-line.
Only 4 months after La Gloire was commissioned, Warrior was ready for launching and to make the Royal Navy the envy of the world.
“I often wondered how I mustered sufficient courage to undertake its construction”, Mr Peter Rolt, Chairman, Thames Iron Works and Shipbuilding Company
Did you know?.. The factory football team, Thames Ironworks FC, was founded in 1895 - five years later reformed as West Ham United FC "The Hammers"
HMS Warrior was launched on Saturday 29th December 1860, during the coldest winter for 50 years. Sizeable crowds had gathered to watch Sir John Pakington
Slowly she began to move towards the water, “God speed the Warrior" shouted Sir John, and broke a bottle of wine on her bow. The spectators cheered, hats were thrown in the air, tugs blew their whistles and the stern took the water 'as gracefully as any yacht’. It was 3pm. Her Majesty's Ship Warrior was now afloat — the largest, fastest, best protected and most formidable warship in the world. She, and her sister ship, Black Prince, were to become the most feared ships afloat.
“All is well sir, but she may need a push to get moving. The slipway is frozen hard"
Captain John Ford MD speaking to Peter Rolt Chairman of the shipyard
Location. 50° 47.915′ N, 1° 6.514′ W. Marker is in Portsmouth, England, in Hampshire County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Route B2154 and Clock Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Located on the HMS Warrior pier in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Marker is in this post office area: Portsmouth, England PO1 3QX, United Kingdom.
Other nearby markers. At least Warrior – the ultimate deterrent (here, next to this marker); Left behind by progress (here, next to this marker); A Sad and Lonely Journey (here, next to this marker); The Figurehead (here, next to this marker); Beware of the Wolf (here, next to this marker); RAF – HSL 102 (within shouting distance of this marker); Labour of Love (within shouting distance of this marker); Homecoming (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portsmouth.
Also see . . .
1. HMS Warrior. (Submitted on September 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. HMS Warrior (1860) on Wikipedia. (Submitted on September 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 11, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.