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AJAX

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Originally appearing in Volume V24, Page 895 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AJAX and AGAMEMNON (of 1876) " Imagine a floating castle 110 ft. long and 75 ft. wide, rising To ft. out of the water, and having above that again two round turrets planted diagonally at its opposite corners. -Imagine this castle and its turrets to be heavily plated with armour, and that each turret has within it two guns of about 8o tons each—perhaps in the course of a few years guns of twice 8o tons each. Conceive these guns to be capable of firing, all four together, at an enemy ahead or on either beam, and in pairs towards every point of the compass. Attached to this rectangular armoured castle, but completely submerged, every part being 6 ft. to 7 ft. under water, there is a hull of the ordinary form, with a powerful ram bow, with twin screws and a submerged rudder and helm. This compound structure is the fighting part of the ship. Seaworthiness, speed and shapeliness would be wanting in such a structure if it had no additions to it; there is therefore an unarmoured structure lying above the sub-merged ship and connected with it, both before and abaft the armoured castle; and as this structure rises 20 ft. out of the water, 104 ft 280 ft ------------ Pk g £NGINES 180/itR5 BOILERS 9,61~11~ e P/an of under water Protective Deck riddled but (it was contended) not be destroyed. The arrangement shown in fig. 51 represents the " Ajax " and " Agamemnon." The " Inflexible " was similar but larger. Sir N. Barnaby described the design of the " Inflexible " in 1874 before the Institution of Naval Architects thus: 18 4r/noar )~lOJL O. L.R. 'I 1~. — 3 m.1 N 63 T0n.9. LR n2" 1 5• M' -•~•,~,•• s - _ '~2 =Y//MIM~!llwiliR~wlw ow. .,~~~\\\\N\u\~~o~Nwwp\Oly\\pp\p\~mW\\\\\aRm\\0\MXm\\\\WOWIM\\\\\\Itv1V'\W\\N\\\\\\A \\Y.VA\\\PAt~gy\~\\\\\U'd`~ . ~..\, s\U~~\\\\U.N> \\CM Rwv vw MI M ~~ t M M w r---• •• E t B 8 w M ---- M W Ran of UppetDeck 30
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