HMS Glatton (1871)
HMS Glatton (1871)

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NameGlatton (1871)Explanation
TypeBreastwork monitor   
Launched8 March 1871
Builders measure 
Displacement4910 tons
Ships bookADM 135/196
Extracts from the Times newspaper
Ma 6 November 1871The passage of the strange-looking ship, the Glatton, 2, armour-plated turret ship, down the Medway to Sheerness was everything that could be wished. Though apparently such a heavy, unwieldy vessel, she answered her helm admirably; her engines worked well, and also her steam steering apparatus. On Saturday she tested her cables and adjusted her compasses at Sheerness. To-day she will make her official trial of speed off the Maplin Sands at the measured mile.
Fr 1 December 1871Galvanic action, and to some considerable extent we are given to understand, has taken effect upon the outside of the hull of the twin screw turret-ship Glatton at the aftermost part, under the quarters, and in the vicinity of the stern-post. The protecting composition covering the iron there has, apparently, chafed through by warps used in moving the ship. The iron plating of the ship's hull being thus laid bare a powerful battery was at once formed by the immediate vicinity of the metal twin screws, which, in the still water in which the vessel has recently been lying at Chatham, has written its story in unmistakable characters upon the ship's plating, and furnishes another and most instructive lesson upon galvanic influences on the iron ships of Her Majesty's Navy. The Glatton is not expected to be ready for undocking on the day fixed, the 8th inst., for her trial cruise with the Hotspur. The work will not be completed till a few days later.
Ma 18 December 1871The Glatton, 2, double screw armour plated turret-ship, 2,700 tons, Capt. Lord John Hay, C.B., was on Saturday floated out of No. 1 dock at the Chatham dockyard extension, and proceeded under steam, accompanied by two steam tugs, to Sheerness, whence she will proceed early this week to the measured mile off the Maplin Sands to test her speed. During the time the vessel has been in dock not only has her bottom been thoroughly cleansed from the accumulation made during the months she was lying in the Medway to be completed, but several of her bottom plates have been repaired, and the copper pipes from her double bottom have been taken out and tinned; she has also had her exterior repainted. After the trial of her engines she will leave Sheerness to join the Hotspur, 3, armour-plated ram, for a trial cruise, both ships being under the command of Capt. Lord John Hay.
Tu 26 December 1871The Glatton, 2, armour-plated turret-ship, Capt. Lord John Hay, C.B., is not likely to have her trial cruise with the Hotspur for some little time yet. After the trial of her engines at the measured mile off the Maplin Sands she returned to Chatham, and was placed at her old moorings off the Dockyard in order to have some additional machinery provided for her turret — an operation expected to occupy a considerable time.
Sa 12 April 1873The new financial year opens with much work going on at Chatham Dockyard, there being no fewer than eight vessels now in hand, and more will be commenced during the year. The ships, of three classes, would form a good fleet by themselves; there are two powerful armour-plated vessels, a large iron unarmoured sloop, and several iron composite gun-vessels. Some have been just commenced, others are almost ready for service. The gun-vessel Ready is to be commissioned early next week, and the Ariel and the Zephyr, similar ships, will be shortly completed for sea; the Ariel has just tried her machinery, with satisfactory results. Messrs. Humphrey, Tennant, and Co., have supplied the engines for both these vessels. Two more gun-vessels, rather larger, have been commenced; one, the Albatross, is to be launched and completed for service this year; but the other, the Flying Fish, will only be advanced about a third. The great turret-ship Rupert is being completed in the river off the dockyard; there is mush to be done to her, but as there are many hands employed on her, it is expected that in a few months she will be ready for her trial trip. The new armoured broadside ship Superb has been recently commenced. The Raleigh, wood-sheathed iron ship, is completing in the repairing basin of the Dockyard Extension. In addition to all the work involved in building or completing these ships, a number of men are now engaged in repairing the damaged turret, and making alterations on board the armour-plated ship Glatton, and in bringing forward the Beacon, a composite gun-vessel, for commission.

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